by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Dream announced four bouts for DREAM.4, which takes place on June 15 at the Saitama Super Arena. All four bouts announced are quarterfinal bouts for the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix.
Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba faces off with Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef. Manhoef replaces Kiyoshi Tamura, who was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a broken finger sustained in his stoppage victory over Masakatsu Funaki at DREAM.2. Sakuraba comes off a submission victory over Andrews Nakahara at DREAM.2, while Manhoef stopped Dae Won Kim with strikes at DREAM.3.
In a battle of grapplers, eccentric American Jason “Mayhem” Miller takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Miller comes off a dismantling victory over Katsuyori Shibata at DREAM.3, while Jacare submitted newcomer Ian Murphy at DREAM.2.
Armenian wunderkind Gegard Mousasi takes on Korean judoka Dong Sik Yoon. Mousasi comes off a surprising submission victory over Denis Kang at DREAM.2, while Yoon won a decision over Shungo Oyama at the same show.
In a rematch of a controversial fight, Croatian striker Zelg Galesic faces off with K-1 veteran Taiei Kin. These two met at K-1 Hero’s Korea 2007 with Galesic winning a controversial cut stoppage only seconds into the fight. Galesic comes off a submission victory over Magomed Sultanakhmedov at DREAM.2, while Kin won a decision over Ikuhisa Minowa at the same show.
Previously announced for DREAM.4 was the last quarterfinal match-up of the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix, between grappling wizard Shinya Aoki and 2004 Olympic wrestling silver medalist Katsuhiko Nagata.
DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Bouts
-Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza
-Gegard Mousasi vs. Dong Sik Yoon
-Zelg Galesic vs. Taiei Kin
DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Bout
-Shinya Aoki vs. Katsuhiko Nagata