Mixed martial arts legend Kazushi Sakuraba is the latest fighter to earn a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.
Over the weekend, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that the Japanese legend will be inducted into the Pioneer Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame during International Fight Week in July.
Sakuraba is known as the Gracie Killer, having defeated four members of the legendary family while going ninety minutes with original UFC champion Royce Gracie in an epic bout.
The last fight four Sakuraba came at RIZIN FF in Dec. 2015.
While he only had two bouts in the UFC — one submission victory and one no contest — Sakuraba was dubbed the UFC Ultimate Japan Heavyweight Tournament Champion in 1997.
Sakuraba’s rise to stardom came during his long run in PRIDE. Sakuraba also competed in promotions like K-1, Dream and Hero’s, finishing his professional career with a record of 26-17-1 (2 NC).
Congratulations to Sakuraba on the well-deserved honor.