by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
Three bouts have been added to Dream 6 at the Saitama Super Arena on Sept. 23, which is headlined by the finals of the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix.
After months of talking and bad blood, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will return to the ring as he takes on Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem. Cro Cop hasn’t seen action since Dream’s debut event, where he made easy work of Pancrase veteran Tatsuya Mizuno, stopping him with strikes. Overeem comes off a convincing submission victory over fellow Pride veteran Mark Hunt at Dream 5.
In an intriguing heavyweight showdown, Pride veteran Sergei Kharitonov faces off with K-1 veteran Mighty Mo. Kharitonov avenged an earlier loss to Alistair Overeem at K-1 Hero’s 10, stopping him with strikes, while Mo hasn’t seen mixed martial arts action in over a year since knocking out Ruben “Warpath” Villareal at K-1 Dynamite!! USA.
Korean judoka Dong Sik Yoon faces off with karate stylist Andrews Nakahara in the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix reserve bout. Yoon comes off a decision loss to Armenian striker Gegard Mousasi at Dream 4, while Nakahara was unsuccessful in his mixed martial arts debut, being submitted by Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 2.
Already announced for the event are the semi-finals and finals of the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza meeting Zelg Galesic and Melvin Manhoef meeting Gegard Mousasi. Featherweights Hideo Tokoro and Atsushi Yamamoto are also set to battle.