Asian MMA: Shinya Aoki Vs. Kazushi Sakuraba Signed For DREAM

Shinya Aoki vs. Kazushi Sakuraba? It's not as farfetched as you think.

If everything goes according to plan, two of the top Japanese stars of the generation are going to do battle in the coming months. A bout between top 10 ranked lightweight, Shinya Aoki (30-6), and MMA pioneer, Kazushi Sakuraba (26-16) is in the works for the next DREAM show.

Word about the contest was first mentioned by Daniel Fletcher as a rumor, and separate sources from the region have confirmed to BloodyElbow.com that the bout is indeed in the works for a future DREAM event and it has been agreed upon by at least one party.

Sakuraba returned to pro-wrestling or 'puroresu' on DREAM's NYE event, and while people thought he may not compete in MMA again, it looks like the Japanese legend would likely be taking another bout this year. It would be a showcase match pitting a current star with an aging legend, but it's definitely the kind of spectacle that one could expect to see in Japan.

UPDATE: Sources tell me that the fight has been signed and is set to go for DREAM's next event, and it is billed as Saku's farewell fight.

The 42-year-old Sakuraba started his career back in 1996 and has fought the who's who in MMA during his heyday. Even at the tail end of his career, "The Gracie Hunter" has still faced a chain of top opponents, losing his last 4 bouts including 2 at welterweight.

Aoki on the other hand, is still at the prime of his career at 28 years of age, and has shown an improved MMA game since moving his training camps to Singapore. Coming in to this bout though, Shinya will be looking to rebound from a loss on that rematch against Eddie Alvarez, which snapped his 7-fight winning streak.


Related: Bellator 66: Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki Recap and Highlight Video


The bout is likely to be contested at welterweight, although more details should be available in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more updates.

Follow me on twitter -- @antontabuena


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Join Bloody Elbow

You must be a member of Bloody Elbow to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bloody Elbow. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker