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Kazushi Sakuraba Meets Yan Cabral at DREAM.17

Written on August 28, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Kazushi Sakuraba has agreed to fight the promotion's newcomer and Nova Uniao's pride, Yan Cabral, at the upcoming DREAM.17 event.

The DREAM promotion just added the 10th bout to its DREAM.17 fight card. Officials recently confirmed that Japanese MMA veteran – Kazushi Sakuraba – and Yan Cabral had verbally agreed to meet at the upcoming event, which is expected to take place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Sept. 24. Up to now, there are still no reports with regards to the broadcast plans, but DREAM and TV partner HDNet are already negotiating about a possible live or tape-delayed airing.

Kazushi Sakuraba (26-15-1 MMA, 3-5 DREAM) will be returning in the cage after attaining a TKO loss to Marius Zaromskis at the Welterweight Championship of DREAM Dynamite!! 2010. The bout ended when Sakuraba’s ear was partially torn off, declaring his third misfortune in a row — following a submission loss to Jason Miller and a decision loss over Ralek Gracie. The “Gracie Hunter,” who also fought under the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships during the earlier years of his MMA career, is now set to face Brazil’s famous fighter.

Newcomer, Yan Cabral (9-0 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder and the pride of Nova Uniao camp. Since 2007, he has boasted a record of 9-0 with nine submission victories. However, he hasn’t fought since the SHC – Battle For The Belt in April 2010, wherein he defeated Djordje Beric through an Arm-Triangle Choke.

See the current DREAM.17 fight card after the skip.

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Shaping Up: DREAM.16 Fight Card

Written on September 06, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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Building a fight card for DREAM.16 has faced many hurdles on its way. And though it raised some eyebrows from the media, FEG was able to make form for the event.

Finally! After three weeks out, the DREAM.16 fight card is already shaping up. Last Sunday, Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) revealed some of the matches that will be featured in the event. DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki will face Marcus Aurelio in a non-title match, Kazuyuki Miyata will fight against Takeshi Inoue, and Joachim Hansen will try to make his first win at the featherweight versus Hideo Tokoro. DREAM’s official YouTube Channel, on the other hand, confirmed that Kazushi Sakuraba will compete against Jayson Miller.

Kazuyuki Miyata was supposed to have a match versus Sengoku featherweight champion Marlon Sandro, but was scratched off late during the negotiation. The DREAM vs SRC aspect of DREAM.16 was also abandoned after an unsuccessful agreement between DREAM representatives and Sengoku. The event is scheduled for September 25, at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and is set to air live in North America via HDNet. DREAM.16 will serve as the final for DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, and is expected to crown the first champion in the division.

DREAM.16 – Sept. 25th at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan

Light Heavyweight Championship
Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio
Joachim Hansen vs. Hideo Tokoro
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

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