HEIGHT: 168 CM
WEIGHT: 61 KG
Shuhei started training in MMA during the first year of his high school. He liked watching K-1 and DREAM and these fighting shows inspired him to join an MMA gym where he started training. Shuhei’s favourite MMA role model is former Japanese DEEP Bantamweight champion, DJ. Taiki.
In the upcoming REBEL FC 9 – Colossal Combat on 11 August 2018, Shuhei will be defending his hard-earned REBEL FC Bantamweight title against Wang Yayong. Shuhei won the No.1 ranked Bantamweight in China, Ayideng Jumayi, in the 4th round with an arm triangle submission in REBEL FC 7 – Fight for Honour earlier this year. Despite a lot at stake, Shuhei will stick to his usual gameplan – by attacking. To him, attack is the best offence even against seasoned veterans. Sakano prefers to submit his rivals with the brabo choke (ninja choke) or knock them out cold with a spinning backhand blow.
Shuhei holds a university degree in International Relations and works as a part-time cashier in a supermarket when he is not training or competing.