by Ricardo Mendoza – MMAWeekly.com
DREAM has announced four additional fights to its Middleweight Grand Prix, scheduled to take place on April 29 at the Saitama Super Arena.
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Frank Trigg takes on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion Ronaldo Jacare. Trigg comes off a submission victory over Edwin Dewees at HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon, while Jacare submitted Wendell Santos at Hero’s the Jungle.
Korean striker Taiei Kin faces Japanese superstar Ikuhisa Minowa. Taiei comes off a stoppage loss to Zelg Galesic at K-1 Hero’s Korea, while Minowa submitted Korean newbie Bum Chang Kang at DREAM.1.
Former Cage Rage British middleweight champion Zelg Galesic faces off with Volk Han protégé Magomed Sultanakhmedov. Galesic comes off a doctor stoppage victory over Taiei Kin at K-1 Hero’s Korea, while Sultanakhmedov stopped Eun Soo Lee with strikes at the same event.
Korean judoka Dong Sik Yoon squares off with Japanese journeyman Shungo Oyama. Yoon comes off a submission victory over Fabio Silva at K-1 Hero’s Korea, while Oyama won a stoppage over Carlos Newton at the same event.
Three fights have already been announced for the middleweight grand prix, Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba takes on Karate stylist Andrews Nakahara; U-File founder Kiyoshi Tamura faces off with Pancrase legend Masakatsu Funaki; and Pride standout Denis Kang squares off with Armenian striker Gegard Mousasi.
The four additional bouts announced today leave room for one more bout to be added to the 16-man tournament.
K-1 Hero’s lightweight champion Gesias “JZ” Calvancante takes on Shooto middleweight champion Shinya Aoki. These two fought to a no contest at the first DREAM event and the winner here will move to the second round of the Lightweight Grand Prix.
DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Bouts:
-Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Andrews Nakahara
-Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Masakatsu Funaki
-Denis Kang vs. Gegard Mousasi
-Taiei Kin vs. Ikuhisa Minowa
-Dong Sik Yoon vs. Shungo Oyama
-Zelg Galesic vs. Magomed Sultanakhmedov
-Frank Trigg vs. Ronaldo Jacare
DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Bout:
-Gesias “JZ” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki