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Background[ edit ] Sakuraba began his career in amateur wrestling at the age of A high school stand-out, he finished as high as second in the nation before joining the wrestling squad of Chuo Universitya team which had counted Olympic gold medalists Shozo Sasahara and Osamu Watanabe amongst its ranks.
He won the East Japan Freshman championship in his first year and served as their team captain thereafter. In his senior year, he finished fourth place in the All-Japan tournament. Amongst his notable wins was a defeat of future Olympic bronze medalist Takuya Ota.
However, at the last minute, he decided to pursue a career as a professional wrestler. According to Sakuraba, the impetus for this stemmed from a childhood dream of one day emulating Satoru Sayamaa professional wrestler who portrayed in real life the famous Japanese anime and manga hero Tiger Mask.
He was encouraged by his peers to gain weight as it would be difficult to compete as a smaller fighter in 'puroresu', and after working to gain the weight needed to compete, he never wanted to lose it anymore, something that would be reflected in his MMA career.
His time in the UWFI would prove to be a formative experience for Sakuraba; it was there under the tutelage of Billy Robinson that he received his initial instruction in catch wrestling. It is catch wrestling that would serve as the base of the unorthodox ground-game that would later lead him to success in the Pride Fighting Championships.
Sakuraba in November In spite of his amateur pedigree, Sakuraba was forced to work his way up from the bottom of the UWFi's rung, as it is traditional in puroresu.
Sakuraba lost his debut in to Steve Nelson and went winless through his rookie year with the league. It is also popularly alleged that under the eye of Kiyoshi Tamura, he was made to perfectly perform menial chores about the dojo.
Though his record remained below. The vast majority of UWFi workers came out on the losing end of the booking to the larger and more mainstream promotion and Sakuraba was no exception.
He was defeated in high-profile bouts to Tokimitsu IshizawaKoji Kanemoto and Shinjiro Otanibringing Sakuraba a new level of exposure to the public. The ring psychology and technical prowess he displayed in the bouts also impressed the management of the UWFi enough that he was finally pushed towards main event status.
New Japan's dominance in the feud injured the marketability of the UWFi promotion, which had pressed the perception that their athletes boasted legitimate skill in catch wrestling and kickboxing. In a bid to regain credibility, Yoji Anjoh travelled to California to challenge Rickson Gracie in the latter's own dojo, only to be swiftly and brutally defeated before the assembled Japanese press that had followed him there.
With the UWFi's formerly fearsome reputation in tatters, its attendance numbers swiftly decreased, with the federation closing its doors once and for all in December In their final show it was Sakuraba who at long last headlined, defeating Anjoh by submission.
In the vein of its predecessor, Kingdom was primarily a league devoted to shoot-style realistic-looking works. Having by now established his ability, Sakuraba was this time booked as a main-eventer from the outset. However, unlike the UWFi, Kingdom struggled from the beginning to draw substantial crowds.
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Mixed martial arts was growing in popularity, and the dominance of the Gracie family and their fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners over the field and more specifically over professional wrestlersleft the Japanese public ever more unconvinced as to the fighting ability of Kingdom's stable of athletes.
It was Sakuraba's first work for the company sinceand the first ever as a free agent instead of a representative from another promotion. Following the match, Sakuraba and Nagata came together to accept a challenge issued by Daniel and Rolles Gracie  On January 4,at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo DomeSakuraba and Nagata defeated the Gracies via disqualification, after Nagata was choked out with a gi.
The partnership led to Sakuraba becoming an associate of Yano's Chaos stable,  eventually becoming a full-time member. Sakuraba himself has stated that he doesn't remember it.
Kanehara was injured in his training for the tournament, and Sakuraba wound up as his late-hour substitute. The tournament was intended for heavyweights, but Sakuraba who weighed pounds middleweight by modern standardswas nearly twenty pounds beneath the UFC's pound designation for the weight class.
Having reporting himself as pounds Light heavyweight by modern standards in order to gain entry, Sakuraba was paired off against the pound Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt and former Extreme Fighting champion, Marcus Silveira. The match saw the two grapplers exchanging leglocks without any decisive movement.There was an echoing thud as my back slammed up against the locker.
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