Right before the anticipated UFC lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor at UFC 229, two UFC Hall of Famers are slated to face each other in a grappling match. MMA veterans Kazushi Sakuraba and Urijah Faber will be part of Quintet 3, which takes place on October 5th.
As reported by MMA Fighting, the said matchup is the first one to be made official for the event, which will be aired live on UFC Fight Pass.
For the 39-year-old Faber, getting to test his skills against a legend like Sakuraba is a dream come true.
“For me, Sakuraba was my favorite fighter when I first got into the sport,” Faber said during the Quintet media day in Monday at the UFC Performance Institute. “I had a two-hour VHS tape of Sakuraba and all his crazy stuff. He was doing crazy double flying chops with both hands and undressing the Gracie family one shoulder at a time and probably my favorite fight of all-time was when he fought in Heroes and was rocked and kind of out of it, and they stopped him and kind of shook him in bounds.”
“The guy’s incredible. I think he and I both have 19 submissions, which is close to the record in UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and PRIDE combined. So for me, this is awesome man, it’s a dream come true.”
Sakuraba, now 49 years of age, has been actively competing over the last few years. He faced Renzo Gracie for the second time at Metamoris V in November 2014, where the match ended in a draw. A year later, he returned to MMA and fought Shinya Aoki at Rizin’s debut event in Saitama, Japan, where he lost via first-round TKO.
The MMA legend last saw action at Rizin World Grand Prix in Fukuoka, Japan in December 2017 against Frank Shamrock in a grappling exhibition match. The two men also fought to a draw.
Quintet 3 will be held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.