DREAM’s first event of 2011 has announced a host of bouts, including two title fights, for DREAM.17 to be held at Ariake Colosseum on July 16.
In title matches, HyeFighter light heavyweight, former DREAM middleweight champion and reigning DREAM light heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi is set to defend his strap against Olympic silver medalist judoka Hiroshi Izumi and DREAM featherweight belt-holder Hiroyuki Takaya will defend his title for the first time against suplex-machine Kazuyuki Miyata, who is undefeated as a featherweight with six consecutive wins.
The first numbered DREAM event for the year will also feature the finals of the Bantamweight Japan Grand Prix Final where Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro will vie for first place while Atsushi Yamamoto and Kenji Osawa will battle for third and a place in the Bantamweight World Grand Prix which is tentatively scheduled for September.
Finally, former Shooto belt holders Tatsuya Kawajiri and Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire will also clash in a lightweight contest.
DREAM.17 – July 16 at Ariake Colosseum, Tokyo, Japan
Ligh Heavyweight Title Match
Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi
Featherweight Title Match
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Bantamweight Japan Grand Prix Final
Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire
Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Kenji Osawa