Kazushi Sakuraba – Me
Kazushi Sakuraba autobiography “Me…
” Chapter One – “Injury”Suddenly the world slipped into total darknessMy fight at the Tokyo National Stadium against CrocopThe time is August 28, 2002.
The place, Tokyo National Stadium in Yoyogi.
K-1and PRIDE concentrated their joint powers to put on the first “Dynamite!” Thevenue had a capacity of about 100,000 people.
Certainly, a world top-classfighting event.
My opponent is Mirko Crocop, still undefeated in MMA.
And ofcourse the match is taking place last, as the main event.
Last year, November 3, 2001, in my match against Wanderlei Silva,indulgently nicknamed “PRIDE Gorillaman,” I broke a bone in my left shoulder.
The fight against Mirko, thinking time-wise, was my first comeback fight aftera 10-month layoff after the Silva match, though I wasn’t aware of that at thetime.
Thinking about it objectively, nah, without even thinking about it, Mirkois a heavyweight fighter.
More than that, it isn’t just that he’s huge, he is aheavyweight who has acquired skills.
There is a difference of some kilos inweight between us.
Why this card was put together, I literally have no idea.
To think of just one thing, in my column that appeared in a pro-wrestlingmagazine, I wrote one sentence basically without thinking about it, “Maybe Iwill go fishing to catch and eat a delicious Mirko.
” The fight with Mirko Crocopwas finalized just after this column was put out.
I had just written it as a joke,but now we were really going to fight.
Huh? Is this what they call paying forone’s mistakes?* I see, if it’s that, what can I do.
I just have to fight.
Though,it would’ve been better if I hadn’t written too much…
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