October 5, 2009

DREAM 11 set for Tuesday in Japan

The conclusion to the Dream Featherweight Grand Prix will happen on Tuesday when the semifinals and final take place at DREAM 11.  The semifinal matchups feature American Joe Warren facing Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes.  An all-Japan matchup between Hideo Tokoro and Hiroyuki Takaya is the other semifinal.

Headlining the event will be a DREAM Lightweight Championship bout between current champ Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki.  This will be a rematch of a bout that took place at DREAM 5 in July of 2008.  Hanson knocked out Aoki in under five minutes that night, but has not fought since due to injury.  Aoki is 4-1 since these two last met and will be out for revenge.

The DREAM Super Hulk Tournament will also continue with semifinal bouts.  Sokoudjou will face Bob Sapp in one fight.  Sapp replaces current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi, who dropped out of the tournament after defeating Mark Hunt in the quarterfinals.

The second semifinal of the Super Hulk Tournament features 7'2" Hong Man Choi facing veteran Japanese middleweight Ikuhisa Minowa.  Choi weighed in at 319 while Minowa, who defeated Sapp in the quarterfinals, was at 192.

HDNet will air the event live beginning at 6 AM (U.S. Central Time).

DREAM 11 fightcard:
Lightweight Title: Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) vs. Shinya Aoki (21-4)
Featherweight GP Finals: semifinal winners
Featherweight GP: Joe Warren (2-0) vs. Bibiano Fernandes (5-2)
Featherweight GP: Hideo Tokoro (22-16-1) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (11-6-1)
Featherwieght GP Reserve Bout: Daiki Hata (11-5-3) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (7-7)
Super Hulk: Sokoudjou (6-4) vs. Bob Sapp (10-5-1)
Super Hulk: Ikuhisa Minowa (42-30-8) vs. Hong Man Choi (2-2)
Middleweights: Kazushi Sakuraba (24-12-1) vs. Rubin Williams (0-0)
Lightweights: Tatsuya Kawajiri (24-5-2) vs. Melchor Manibusan (2-3)
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