That resume speaks for itself. He even went up to Heavyweight to face 3 Lyoto Machida. When outsiders were coming to Japan to fight for Pride FC, Sakuraba was there to welcome them with a punch in the face. He was the face of Japan MMA for a long time and is considered a legend there. This Brazilian of Japanese descent has been one of the most elusive fighters with a knack of surprising all of his opponents with unorthodox striking based in karate. The majority of his wins have come because of high high-level Brazilian Jui-Jitsu.
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The card is littered with Asian talent, both established and up-and-coming. Note: No Russian fighters will be included, as Russia is considered to be part of both Europe and Asia. Yui Chul Nam has yet to step foot in the Octagon, but he is someone to keep an eye on going forward. He brings an aggressive, grinding style that sees him ground and pound opponents into oblivion. He can prove his worth when he takes on two-time UFC vet Tokudome. Kyoji Horiguchi entered the UFC as a bantamweight, but he is now a flyweight who is gunning for a title in a division stacked with young talent.
Asia's mixed martial arts scene has simply gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months. China has seen its first UFC champ in strawweight Zhang "Magnum" Weili crowned, the Singapore-based One Championship has shaken things up for the first time in Japan with three monster cards, and the region's potential - in terms of both fighters and audiences - has been on show each and every week across promotions everywhere. But now we here at the Post are looking forward, and to the fighters we feel can carry the sport onwards into and, in most cases, far beyond.