Sakuraba vs Royce Gracie in their legendary first fight

Legend of Japanese Catch Wrestling and student of British Legend Billy Robinson, Kazushi Sakuraba is set to return to MMA competition for the first time since his horrific ear injury last December when he faced Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis.

Set to take on undefeated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter Yan Cabral on September 24th, the Gracie Hunter will be looking to break a 3 fight skid.

Also on the card Leglock King Masakazu Imanari continues his run in the Bantamweight Grand Prix tournament taking on Abel Cullum. Also in the tournament Hideo Tokoro takes on WEC veteran Antonio Banuelos  while at Lightweight Satoru Kitaoka takes on Williamy Freire.

Incase you needed any reminding of what made Sakuraba great, here’s a highlight video of him at work. Full Dream card after the break.

Updated DREAM 17 fight card:

Bantamweight Tournament: Hideo Tokoro vs. Antonio Banuelos

Bantamweight Tournament: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otsuka

Bantamweight Tournament: Masakazu Imanari vs. Abel Cullum

Bantamweight Tournament: Rodolfo Marques vs. Yusup Saadulaev

Featherweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Joachim Hansen

Lightweight: Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough

Lightweight: Satoru Kitaoka vs. Willamy Freire

Featherweight: Takeshi Inoue vs. Caol Uno

Middleweight: Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Gerald Harris

Welterweight: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Yan Cabral

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