Update: Watch full videos of the fights here
DREAM 15 takes place this weekend in Japan and includes a lightweight title fight and the start of their four man light-heavyweight tournament.
The show is headlined by a lightweight title fight between Shinya Aoki, who will be looking to make amends for his poor showing at Strikeforce: Nashville recently, and Tatsuya Kawajiri who holds a 6-1 record during his time in the promotion.
Meanwhile the DREAM light-heavyweight tournament isn’t quite as stacked as had originally been anticipated, with just four participants involved.
It does however contain former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who fights for the first time since losing to King Mo, and he’ll take on former UFC fighter Jake ‘O Brien (13-3) in the first of the semi-final bouts.
In the second semi-final Melvin Manhoef will look to get back to winning ways after a KO defeat to Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: Miami in January when he fights Japan’s Tatsuya Mizuno (7-5).
Alistair Overeem had also been expected to fight on the card against former UFC champion Ricco Rodriguez, but it appears that Overeem will not fight after all. Rodriguez is still believed to be flying to Japan though and DREAM may yet find a late replacement for him to fight before the show goes live.
- Shinya Aoki vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (Lightweight Title)
- Melvin Manhoef vs. Tatsuya Mizuno (Light Heavyweight Tournament)
- JZ Calvan vs. Katsunori Kikuno
- Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Karl Amoussou
- Michihiro Omigawa vs. Jung Young Sam
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O’Brien (Light Heavyweight Tournament)
- Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. DJ.taiki