DEEP veteran Ryuta Sakurai rematches Mamed Khalidov at KSW 25

Former DEEP Middleweight Champion Ryuta Sakurai’s next bout will see a rematch with Poland’s Mamed Khalidov, December 7th at KSW 25.

The pair previously met in 2010 at KSW 13, and the fight wasn’t short on controversy.

Both men were involved in a close three round fight that would eventually see the bout go an extra round. Many fans thought the R-Blood native Sakurai had done enough in the fourth to walk away with the decision. However, the judges didn’t see it that way and instead scored the contest a draw.

Ryuta Sakurai (24-17-6) began his career in Mixed Martial Arts all the way back in 1996, and has since then become a fan favorite. The 40+ fight veteran has entertained us throughout the years with his brawls, knockouts, heart and grit to win. Ryuta has competed for the likes of DEEP, Shooto, and Pride. Most recently he defeated aggressive striker Yuji Sakuragi in impressive fashion knocking out his opponent in just one minute into the first round. With that win he’s now on a 2-fight win streak, and comes into the fight with revenge on his mind.

Standing across from him is Poland’s very own Mamed Khalidov (27-4-2) who hasn’t lost since 2010 at the hands of Brazils Jorge Santiago. Since then he’s won seven straight defeating guys like James Irvin, Matt Lindland, Jesse Taylor, and Kendall Grove. His most recent win saw him make quick work of explosive striker Melvin Manhoef by submitting his foe via Guillotine Choke in the first round.

With the UFC looking to mark their territory in Poland next year. The 33-year-old dubbed “Cannibal” Khalidov will have to keep his win streak alive if he wants a chance at competing for the Mixed Martial Arts giants.

Rest of the Card

Jan Blachowicz vs. TBA

KSW Welterweight title
Aslambek Saidov vs. Daniel Acacio

Krzysztof Kulak vs. Abu Azaitar

Rafal Moks vs. Luiz Cado Simon

Matt Horwich vs. Piotr Strus

Kamil Walus vs. Oli Thompson

Robert Radomski vs. Rafal Blachuta

Jakub Kowalewicz vs. TBA

Stay tuned to FSA.


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