This is another Dream bout that intrigues me. Mach won by decision in their first fight, but I'm thinking it may be different this time around. Mach obviously has the size and strength advantage being a natural ww unlike Aoki. In fact, I think thats probably how he won the first fight.
The fact that Aoki asked for this rematch makes me think that he has something up his sleeve. The ground advantage obviously goes to Aoki and the striking I give to Sakurai. The real question is, how well can the best (or one of the best) lightweights in the world do a weight division higher, similar to the situation in Penn vs GSP 2.
Personally, I think Sakurai is no GSP and Aoki's ground technique will be enough to secure the win this time around. I think once Sakurai takes him down, Aoki will be able to control the fight en route to a unanimous decision. Tough one to call.
Thoughts? Aoki vs Sakurai 1