Renzo Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba will rematch in ONE Championship nearly 18 years after their classic bout in Pride FC.
Gracie, who was speaking at the ONE Elite Retreat in Boracay, Philippines, announced that he has recently signed to ONE Championship.
Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, confirmed the statement by declaring that Gracie will compete against Kazushi Sakuraba in his debut with the organization.
“He [Renzo] leaked it, but Renzo Gracie will make his debut in ONE Championship. He’s going to fight Sakuraba.”
Gracie also spoke of his extensive history with the UFC before stating that he believes ONE Championship will be the leading mixed martial arts organization in the world ‘because they are doing the right thing.’
As for the UFC, he stated: “The UFC got lost along the way. They don’t have a soul.”
It remains to be seen whether the bout between Gracie and Sakuraba will be a ‘Grappling Super-Match’ or a mixed martial arts contest.
There are no further details regarding the announcement.