May 24, 2010 By admin
Japan’s largest mixed martial arts promotion is banking on just about every available big gun in its arsenal for July.
Officials for Fighting and Entertainment today announced a Dream 15 line-up that includes four ranked fighters: lightweight champion Shinya Aoki and contender Tatsuya Kawajiri; heavyweight Alistair Overeem and light-heavyweight HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi. Also scheduled for the card: eccentric karate stylist Katsunori Kikuno and middleweight brawler Melvin Manhoef.
Dream did not unveil specific match-ups for the July 15 in Saitama, Japan, but a few bouts come to mind, given that the event is being called “Fatal Rivals” and the early video promos reference famous feuds such as Antonio Inoki vs. Giant Baba in pro wrestling and Windows vs. Mac in computer operating systems.
Most notably, Kawajiri has been calling for a Dream title shot since Aoki won the belt in October. Buzz about an Aoki-Kawajiri showdown has been surfacing for the last several weeks.
One tempting grudge match seems unlikely. Mousasi wants to avenge last month’s Strikeforce title loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, but the former champion today said he hopes for a rematch on FEG’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza, which suggests that the bout won’t happen in July.
Also announced today: a bout between Dream “Super Hulk” champion Ikuhisa Minowa and a mystery opponent at next week’s Dream 14 event.