That ‘scab’ on Sakuraba’s leg isn’t stopping him from fighting at DREAM.2 … in fact, it looks like Sakuraba will be competing in the tournament itself, which is cool but scary at the same time. While they gave the old man the softest of all softballs in the first round (some karate dude, for fuck’s sake), you know he’s going to run into Denis Kang or some other fighter full of youth, vigor, and destructive ability in the second or third round.
Honestly, that’s kinda the appeal with Sakuraba nowadays … I like watching him try to defy the odds and defeat his opponents with craftiness and heart. We watch Sakuraba fight for the same reason we used to watch those old 70’s stuntmen try and jump 20 pickup trucks: because no matter how it ends, you know it’s going to be entertaining. Of course, those stuntmen usually ended up in traction or dead, and I’m kinda worried that Sakuraba might end up the same way.