MMA legends Dan Henderson and Kazushi Sakuraba will compete in a grappling match at Rizin FF 7 later this year.
Dan Henderson is back — kind of.
The former UFC title challenger is set to compete against mixed martial arts pioneer Kazushi Sakuraba in a grappling match at Rizin FF 7 later this year, promotion officials announced at Rizin FF 6 on Sunday morning.
It isn’t clear how many rounds Henderson vs. Sakuraba will be, what the exact rules are, and what weight they will compete at.
Henderson retired from MMA after a middleweight title loss to UFC champion Michael Bisping at UFC 204 last October. “Hendo” has since competed in a grappling match opposite UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones at Chael Sonnen’s Submission Underground. Henderson holds victories over the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Mauricio Rua, Vitor Belfort, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira.
Sakuraba last competed in MMA at Rizin FF’s debut event at the end of 2015. After four years away from the sport, he was stopped by Shinya Aoki. Most recently, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame’s pioneer wing earlier this month.
Rizin FF 7 takes place live from Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan on Oct. 15. The event will also feature four opening-round fights in the bantamweight World Grand Prix.