DREAM, the upstart fight promotion born out of the former K-1 HERO'S organization with help from former staffers of PRIDE Fighting Championships, has (nearly) finalized its fight card for Saturday's debut show.
The event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, includes the opening round of a lightweight grand prix, as well as the return of former UFC and PRIDE fighter Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic.
The event airs in Japan on the Tokyo Broadcasting System beginning at 7 p.m. JST. The event won't be broadcast in the U.S.
"DREAM 1" is slated to feature a main event between Shinya Aoki (14-2) and Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (14-1-1), two of the 16 lightweights taking part in the grand prix. Ikuhisa Minowa -- who's slated to compete in the night's first bout -- is without an opponent. Additionally, only 14 participants have been announced for the 16-man grand-prix tournament.
The latest card, according to dreamofficial.com, includes:
Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante
Kultar Gill vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Andre Amade vs. Eddie Alvarez
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. Yoshihiro Nakao*
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Jung Bu-Kyung
Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Oumakhanov
Luiz Firmino vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Koutetsu Boku vs. Joachim Hansen
Hidetaka Monma vs Hayato "Mach" Sakurai*
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. TBA*
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