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Frank Shamrock vs Kazushi Sakuraba set for Oct. 15 in Japan

Hendo is out, Shammy is in.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Frank Shamrock will exhume himself from retirement to compete in a special grappling rules exhibition match under the Rizin banner, taking on 48-year-old Kazushi Sakuraba inside Marine Messe Arena on Oct. 15, 2017 in Fukuoka, Japan.

“The Legend” replaces the injured Dan Henderson.

Shamrock (23-10-2) was retired by Nick Diaz after a lopsided, technical knockout loss in their Strikeforce main event back in 2009. Now 44, the former Pancrase star — who still hasn’t made peace with Dana White -- will continue a rivalry previously made famous by his older brother Ken.

Sakuraba (26-17-1, 2 NC) retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) after losing five straight, a disastrous run that ended in four finishes. The grappling-savvy “Gracie Hunter” made a name for himself during the MMA boom of yesteryear, becoming the bane of Brazil and turning away top names like Vitor Belfort and Royce Gracie, among others.

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