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Kazushi Sakuraba to return in Summer

Kazushi Sakuraba has been sidelined by an arm injury but expects to return sometime in the Summer.

"I'll be ready to fight this Summer," Sakuraba said on Monday at the "DEEP M-1 Challenge 3rd Edition in Japan" press conference held at Sakuraba's Laughter7 gym.

Sakuraba had his left arm operated on last June and re-injured the arm in his Dynamite!! fight on New Year's Even. Sakuraba went in for another operation and is currently recovering.

Sakuraba turns 40 this July.

"I'm not thinking about retiring," Sakuraba said. "I want to keep fighting and have more great fights."