The organization of Bitetti Combat is making every effort to sign legendary mixed martial artist Kazushi Sakuraba to fight in Brazil against Paulo Filho at the promotion's upcoming sixth event on Feb 25, according to Tatame.com.
Alex Hooligan of Bitetti Combat is traveling to Japan this week to negotiate with Japanese fighters including Yuki Kondo, among others.
"The Gracie Hunter” became famous after beating three honorable members of the Gracie Family: Royler, Royce and Renzo at the now-extinct Pride Fighting Championship. Sakuraba fought at Dream 11 and 12, managing two submission wins over Rubin Williams (Kimura) and Zelg Galesic (kneebar).
After losing his WEC middleweight belt to Chael Sonnen, Filho squared off Melvin Manhoef at Dream 10 in his return and finished the fight via submission (armbar), after suffering a flurry of punches from the vicious striker. “The Bullet” also scored two additional wins over Alex Schoenauer and Tatsuhiko Nishizaka at Bitetti Combat, slowly climbing the steps back into the spotlight.
Here's how Bitetti Combat 6 is shaping up thus far:
Glover Teixeira vs. Jeff Monson
Fabio Maldonado vs. Valentijn Overeem
Cristiano Marcello vs. Luciano Correa Izzy
Ediene “Índia” Gomes vs. Amanda Nunes
Luiz Firmino “Buscapé” vs. Francisco Drinaldo “Massaranduba”
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information regarding Bitetti Combat 6 in the coming weeks.