While UFC 119 may be getting most of the coverage so far this week, don’t forget that DREAM 16 also takes place this Saturday as well.
The Japanese promotion are currently struggling financially and have already announced that this will be their final event before the traditional New Year Dynamite!! card, so we should all be making an extra effort to savor this one.
The event will feature the conclusion of DREAM’s four-man light-heavyweight grand-prix as Strikeforce’s Gegard Mousasi looks to get the better of Tatsuya Mizuno who pulled off an upset against Melvin Manhoef to reach the final.
After failing to convince Strikeforce to set-up a grudge match with Nick Diaz, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller instead heads back to Japan to take on the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba.
Other notable bouts include DREAM’s lightweight champion Shinya Aoki back in action in a non-title bout against Marcus Aurelio who pulled out of the Shine Fights one night lightweight grand-prix just a few weeks ago due to an alleged injury, but now appears to have made a miraculous recovery.
After a dreadful three fight losing streak former DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen looks to bounce back against Hideo Tokoro who’s own record of 2-5 in the last two years isn’t anything to boast about.
Meanwhile Hiroyuki Takaya, who knocked out the aforementioned Hansen last time out will battle with Chase Beebe who broke a dismal five fights run of losses with a win at Chicago Combat back in April.
In a late change to the card Super Hulk winner Minowaman will face off against Olympic Judo turned MMA fighter Satoshi Ishiii. Minowaman had originally been rumored to have been paired up with UK fighter James Thompson, but this is certainly a welcome change.
Michihiro Omigawa was originally scheduled to face Bellator champ Joe Warren, but the wrestler had to pull out due to injuries sustained in his last fight so Cole Escovedo steps in as a solid late replacement.
Finally, bouts pitting Mitsuhiro Ishida Vs Akiyo Nishiura and Takeshi Inoue Vs Miyata Kazuyuki round off the card.
DREAM 16 Fight Card
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
- Jason Miller vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
- Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio
- Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Satoshi Ishii
- Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Chase Beebe
- Michihiro Omigawa vs. Cole Escovedo
- Hideo Tokoro vs. Joachim Hansen
- Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Takeshi Inoue
- Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Akiyo Nishiura
- Yusuke Kawaguchi vs. James Thompson