Dream on Thursday announced some of the match-ups for the first round of its Middleweight Grand Prix set to start on April 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Despite speculation that he would not be participating, legendary fighter Kazushi Sakuraba will return to action after back-to-back wins to face the relatively unknown Andrews Nakahara.
In his last fight out, Sakuraba finished Masakatsu Funaki by kimura during the K-1 New Year’s Eve show to close out 2007.
Former Pride middleweight, Denis Kang will face Gegard Mousasi in another first round match-up.
Kang will be returning for the first time since suffering a knockout loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama. Mousasi is currently riding a seven-fight win streak, competing in multiple promotions including Bodog Fight and Hardcore Fighting Championships.
The final bout announced pits Kiyoshi Tamura against Masakatsu Funaki. Tamura most recently defeated Hideo Tokoro at the K-1 New Year’s Eve show. As previously mentioned, Funaki lost to Sakuraba in his last fight, which was his first professional competition in over seven years.
Other fighters expected to participate include Yoshihiro Akiyama, Dong-Sik Yoon, Taiei Kin, Shungo Oyama, and Ikuhisa Minowa.
More bouts are expected to be announced soon.