The stacked QUINTET 3 card will feature Sakuraba himself in action along with fellow UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett and elite grappling champions including three-time EBI winner Geo Martinez and reigning Polaris middleweight king Craig Jones on Friday night in team grappling.
The event airs live on UFC Fight Pass at 10 p.m. ET from Las Vegas. Previous events can also be viewed on UFC Fight Pass.
“I’m very excited to announce QUINTET will now make its way to Las Vegas,” Sakuraba said. “Japanese fans and UFC Fight Pass viewers already know how thrilling our five-on-five, winner stays on team grappling event is, and now the fight capital of the world is cordially invited to witness an event unlike anything seen before in the United States.”
QUINTET’s unique format sees teams of five face-off in single matches until all the members of one team have either been submitted or eliminated from the match by means of a time-limit draw (where both competitors are eliminated). Four teams will compete at the event, with the two winning semi-final squads then meeting in a finale match to decide the QUINTET 3 champions.