by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Hideo Tokoro has been added to the fifth installment of Dream, which will be held on July 21 at the Osaka Castle Hall in Japan. The “Cinderella Boy” is slated to face Grabaka fighter Takeshi Yamazaki. The fight will be held at the featherweight limit.
Tokoro is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over newcomer Darren Uyenoyama at Dream 4. The match-up was highly considered the most entertaining fight of the event. Takeshi Yamazaki recently made a successful Dream debut, defeating Pancrase champion Shoji Maruyama in the opening bout at Dream 3.
Dream 5 will be headlined by the Lightweight Grand Prix Finals. Shinya Aoki is set to face Caol Uno and former Shooto champion Tatsuya Kawajiri takes on Eddie Alvarez in the opposite semi-final bracket, the winners meeting in the final bout on the same night. Joachim Hansen and Kultar Gill will fight for the tournament reserve spot.
Also, MMAWeekly first reported that Mark Hunt would take on former K-1 rival Jerome LeBanner. Due to an injury, the French kickboxer was forced to withdrawal. Hunt is still scheduled to fight at Dream 5 and an opponent is expected to be announced soon.
Dream 5 Bouts:
Lightweight Grand Prix Finals (16-man tournament)
-Shinya Aoki (#3 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Caol Uno
-Tatsuya Kawajiri (#4 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Eddie Alvarez
[Semi-Finals and Finals will take place on the same night]
Lightweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout:
-Joachim Hansen vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
-Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Joe Benavidez
-Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Katsuyori Shibata
-Motoki Miyazawa vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
-Hideo Tokoro vs. Takeshi Yamazaki
-Mark Hunt vs. TBA
*Based on MMAWeekly World MMA Rankings