sakuraba gracieA press conference held yesterday at the Laughter7 Dojo in Japan revealed some news that may be of more interest to Sakuraba fans than the meeting’s main announcement.

Originally planned to reveal the addition of Kazuhiro Hamanaka (4-5-1) vs. Karl Amoussou (9-2-1) to the DEEP/M-1 Challenge line-up on April 29th, Kazushi Sakuraba told SportsNavi that he plans to be fighting again on July 20th. This would mean action in DREAM.10, however injury may push the Japanese legend’s return to DREAM.11 in September.

The fighter’s currently recuperating from a fractured left ulna suffered during the June 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix match against Melvin Manhoef. As the arm was re-injured on New Year’s Eve and re-operated on, Saku’s 40th birthday will pass before we see him again.