MMA on Tap has confirmed that KOTC veteran Mac Danzig will fight Hayato Sakurai at PRIDE 33: The Second Coming.
Danzig fought this past weekend at KOTC: Hard Knocks losing a tough split decision victory to PRIDE veteran Clay French. Prior to his loss to French, Danzig was on a tear winning 12 straight fights with victories over the likes of Brandon Olsen, Jason Ireland, and others. With only three losses to his name, it was only a matter of time before Danzig got a shot in the big show, his time has finally come.
Danzig’s opponent will be lightweight contender Hayato Sakurai. Sakurai is a very decorated fighter who has a deep past in both PRIDE and Shooto. Sakurai has won 6 of his last 7 with his only loss coming to the hands of PRIDE Lightweight Champion Takanori Gomi.
It now looks like Nick Diaz will face Takanori Gomi in a non-title bout on the card. Diaz recently signed a contract with PRIDE and it has been announced that he’ll fight on the upcoming PRIDE USA card.