Despite losing for the fourth time in six fights, Kazushi Sakuraba has no plans to retire. Photo by Taro Irei/Sherdog.com
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Sakuraba wants to continue fighting
News: MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba was submitted for the first time in more than 14 years Saturday by Jason "Mayhem" Miller. It came in less than three minutes and moves Sakuraba to 2-4 in his last six fights. Many have been decrying Sakuraba for continuing to fight after taking so much punishment during his long career.
Still, he said he plans to continue fighting.
Quote: "With this regret, I still want to fight, even tomorrow," said Sakuraba, who holds a 26-14-1 (2 NC) record, to Sherdog. "I'd even fight in Dynamite if it was tomorrow."
Opinion: The thing is, if Sakuraba attempted to fight in the United States, he'd likely be denied a license. Without regulatory oversight in Japan, Sakuraba will probably continue to fight until some terrible happens. That's a shame. We've seen Sakuraba take enough beatings for several fighters, let alone one. It's time to hang up the gloves.
Quote: "I wanted to do better in the striking, but it was a challenge for me," Ishii said in the Sherdog report. "In order for me to grow, I want to fight in kickboxing, like K-1."
Opinion: Well, that is quite the aspiration. Even the lowest of low K-1 fighters would maul Ishii, an Olympic gold medalist in judo. His striking in his debut fight with Hidehiko Yoshida was undoubtedly dreadful. Maybe he's already been hit in the head too many times if he thinks he can compete in K-1. I hope this is just posturing and he doesn't really plan on pursuing this because nothing good can come of it.