(sorry about the horrific picture, but it’s hard to find images of Sakuraba where he’s not beaten half to death)
The only problem with people like Suki translating Japanese stuff into English is there tends to be a lot that gets lost in translation. From Yushin Okami’s mis-represented statement about Americans tapping fast to the whole Nakao / Yakuza thing, there’s a lot of expressions and humor that’s lost between the languages.
Latest up is Sakuraba’s joke about a scab on his leg keeping him from fighting in the DREAM middleweight tourney:
Kazushi Sakuraba showed up in “Shukan Shonen Sunday 50th Anniversary, UT Festival” in UT STORE HARAJUKU. After the event, he was asked if he participate in the middleweight tournament. He had said the same thing what he said in front of the audience in DREAM on Mar 15. “I got a small scab on my leg which was till bleeding, so I won’t fight in the tournament. I want to fight in April though”. A person who is close to him told press that he will announce his intentions at the opening party of his MMA gym, Laughter7.
Appropriately enough, Saku’s new gym opens on April’s Fools Day. As it stands, Sakuraba has been listed by most news outlets in Japan as fighting at DREAM 2, but the real question is if he’ll actually fight in the tournament or just in a single match. Either way, I can pretty much guarantee that the stuff he’s been saying about the ‘injured leg’ is a joke and that he will be fighting at DREAM.2 in one capacity or another.