New Japanese mixed martial arts promotion Dream on Friday announced four more bouts for its inaugural event on March 15 at the Saitama Super Arena.
Three of the bouts are part of the promotion’s Lightweight Grand Prix. New bouts announced for the 16-man tournament include MMAWeekly.com No. 5 ranked lightweight Mitsuhiro Ishida versus Jung Bu-Kyung, Andre “Dida” Amade against Eddie Alvarez, and Katsuhiko Nagata facing Artur Oumakhanov.
The tournament now officially includes five of the top ten lightweight fighters in the world. Gilbert Melendez, a sixth Top Ten lightweight, had also been expected to participate. He will instead be defending his championship at the Strikeforce/EliteXC co-promoted event on March 29, scheduled to air on Showtime.
Also announced is a welterweight match-up between Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and Hidetaka Monma.
Although it has yet to be officially announced by the promotion, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced via his blog on Thursday that he will fight Yoshihiro Nakao on March 15.
Lightweight Grand Prix (16-man tournament):
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
-Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
-Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Jung Bu-Kyung
-Joachim Hansen vs. Koutetsu Boku
-Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luiz “Buscape” Firmino
-Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Eddie Alvarez
-Artur Oumakhanov vs. Katsuhiko Nagata
-Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Yoshihiro Nakao
-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidetaka Monma