Royce defeats Sakuraba

Last night in Los Angeles, USA, Royce Gracie (Brasil) defeated Kazushi Sakuraba (Japan), by unanimous decision of the judges. The match had 3 rounds of 5 minutes and was a rematch of a historical combat won by Sakuraba in May of 2000, Japan. Despite not submitting his opponent, Royce was more active during the whole fight, convincing the judges and the public present at the LA Coliseum.

This victory is great news for BJJ, because it was Royce that made our sport grow all over the world thanks to his great performances in the early UFCs. Without him, BJJ would not have become so popular in the US, Europe and Japan.

The other brazilian on the card, Gesias Cavalcanti, won his match in incredible 26 seconds, knocking out his opponent with punches.

Complete results below:

K-1 Dynamite USA
LA Coliseum, Los Angeles, USA
Saturday, June 2nd 2007

Gesias Cavalcanti defeated Nam Pham by TKO (strikes) after 26s of R1
Katsuhiko Nagata defeated Isaiah Hill by judges split decision
Jonathan Wiezorek defeated Tim Persey by TKO (strikes) after 50s of R2
Jake Shields submitted Ido Pariente via rear naked choke after 2min06 of R2
Bernard Ackah defeated Johnnie Morton by KO after 38s of R1
Siala Siliga defeated Ruben Villareal by TKO (strikes) after 1min33s of R1
Dong Sik Yoon submitted Melvin Manhoef via armbar after 1min17s of R2
Hideo Tokoro submitted Brad Pickett via armbar after 2min41s of R2
Royce Gracie defeated Kazushi Sakuraba by judges unanimous decision
Brock Lesnar submitted Min Soo-Kim via strikes after 1min09s of R1

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