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Hayato Sakurai

Updated: 2008-04-20
Hayato Sakurai


Country Japan Age 42
Club Mach Dojo Height 173 cm / 5'7"
Style Kickboxing/Judo/Wrestling Weight 76 kg / 168 lbs
Website http://blog.livedoor.jp/go_mach_go/

Shooto Middle Weight Champion, Pride Light Weight GP finalist, ADCC absolute 2nd place winner.

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 2 2 1 0 0
Other Fights 39 30 8 7 2
Statistics 41 78% 22% 17% 2


Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (桜井"マッハ"速人)

born August 24, 1975 is a Japanese mixed martial arts fighter. He was born in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. He has a professional MMA record of 30-7-2 as of February 24, 2007. Sakurai has been fighting in mixed martial arts since October of 1996 and was at one time considered pound for pound one of the greatest fighters. He holds victories over Frank Trigg, Jens Pulver, Dave Menne, former Shooto 154lb Champion Joachim Hansen, Caol Uno, and Luiz Azeredo. Sakurai finished 2nd in the Absolute Class (no weight limit) Abu Dhabi Combat Club submission wrestling annual competition in 1999.

His nickname, "Mach", pronounced ma-ha in Japanese, was taken as a tribute to his childhood pro wrestling hero, Higo Shigehisashi better known as Mach Hayato, the first Japanese professional wrestler to completely embrace the Mexican style of Lucha Libre and was also among the group of professional wrestlers who made the transition to shoot wrestling as part of the original UWF movemen.

Hayato Sakurai is one of the most complete fighters in the world. Not only is he a champion ADCC grappler, but also is a kickboxing champion. His diversity is what allowed him to become a MMA champion as well. When Hayato steps into the ring, there is an aura of experience and humility accompanying him. His confidence and experience shine through his exterior and has the ability to overwhelm his opponents.



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