Kazushi Sakuraba is a Japanese mixed martial artist and professional wrestler, currently signed to Rizin Fighting Federation. He has competed in traditional puroresu for New Japan Pro-Wrestling and shoot-style competition for UWFi and Kingdom Pro Wrestling. He has fought in MMA competition in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride Fighting Championships, Hero's and Dream. He is known as the "Gracie Hunter" or the "Gracie Killer" due to his wins over four members of the famed Gracie family: Royler Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Ryan Gracie, and Royce Gracie. In particular, Sakuraba is famous for his initial fight with Royce, which lasted ninety minutes and ended after Royce was unable to continue due to damage received from Sakuraba.
|Born:||July 14, 1969, Shōwa, Akita, Japan|
|Other names:||The Gracie Killer, The Gracie Hunter, The IQ Wrestler, Ikiru Densetsu ("The Living Legend")|
|Division:||Welterweight, Middleweight, Light Heavyweight, Openweight|
|Style:||Catch wrestling, Shoot wrestling|
|Team:||Takada Dojo, Laughter7|
|Teacher(s):||Nobuhiko Takada, Yoji Anjo, Billy Robinson|
|Years active:||1993–present (MMA)|
|Twitter:||Kazushi Sakuraba's Twitter profile|
|IMDb:||Kazushi Sakuraba's IMDb|
About Kazushi Sakuraba
Diverse fighter in many classes, who was the first Japanese Champion in the history of UFC.
He was an acclaimed wrestler before his MMA days, primarily in UWFi.
On November 3, 2011, he fought Wanderlei Silva for the Pride Middleweight Championship, but lost by TKO.
He is married and has a son, although the names of his families have been kept from the public.
He is known as Gracie Hunter for victories over family members, Renzo, Royler,Ryan, and Royce Gracie.
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- Japanese atheists
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- Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Fame inductees
- Chaos (professional wrestling) members
- Sportspeople from Akita Prefecture
- Japanese male sport wrestlers
- Light heavyweight mixed martial artists
- Middleweight mixed martial artists
- Japanese male professional wrestlers
- Welterweight mixed martial artists