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Nick Diaz vs Hayato ‘Mach’ Sakurai DREAM 5 fight to determine welterweight champion

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Nick Diaz (16-7) will fight Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (32-8-2) for the first-ever DREAM welterweight title at the Osakajo Hall in Osaka, Japan, on July 21, accordingly to MMAWeekly.com.

Diaz earned the right to challenge for the vacant strap with a first round technical knockout of Katsuya Inoue at DREAM 3 this past weekend. It was a fight that almost scrapped but was given the green light at the last minute by ProElite officials, which turned out to be a wise decision in hindsight.

He is healthy enough to challenge Muhsin Corbbrey at the Elite XC show slated for the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 14 (a cause for alarm prior to the fight) and he is a possible star in the making overseas — Diaz was involved in a sensational bout with Takanori Gomi … something more than likely still fresh in the minds of Japanese MMA fans.

Sakurai, on the other hand, is coming of a surprise submission loss to David Baron at Shooto: “Tradition 1? earlier this month. “Mach” — who was recently courted by the UFC to no avail — has already competed under the DREAM banner, defeating Hidetaka Monma via technical knockout in the inaugural event back in March.

This should be an extremely exciting fight, which will punctuate the finals of the 2008 Dream Lightweight Grand Prix … what a night for mixed martial arts it is shaping up to be.


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Should be one hell of a match but i think Diaz has this in the bag. That crazy eyed pot smoking champ that he is, is just to much for Mach to handle.

War Diaz!!

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No WW Tourny?

Post #3   5/13/08 11:31:38AM   

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didn't sakurai just get beat? how is he fighting for a title?

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Diaz should come back to the UFC and fight some real competition

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Posted by silverbullet

Diaz should come back to the UFC and fight some real competition




Dude, mach is just as much of a challenge as most people nick would beable to fight in the ufc at this point. I dont know who im going to pick yet, ill probably go with diaz, you can never write the guy off. Should be awesome though.

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Niaz looked awesome in his last match, I see him coming out with the win on this one.

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IM SO ******* PUMPED! WAR DIAZ!

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Dream is coming through with some sweet fights. I hope they can continue to do this.

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I truley hope Dream is the next Pride. So far it feels like Pride all over again. It's a new org, with some good fights on the horizon.

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Posted by Wolf

didn't sakurai just get beat? how is he fighting for a title?



He did lose but it was for another Org. He lost in Shooto....... Dream had announced that Mach would fight the winner of the Diaz fight before his loss at shooto.

Nick Diaz vs. Sakurai is going to one hell of a fight.

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This will be another war like diaz/parisyan and diaz/sanchez.

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Posted by tepid55

This will be another war like diaz/parisyan and diaz/sanchez.



Or Diaz/Gomi

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WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE WW TOURNY???

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this should be an absolute war... Mach is going be throwin' some bombs, Nick is relentless with his attack as well. Sucks I will have to download this fight if Dream doesn't offer it on PPV because this HDNet channel isn't accessible on Directv without a HD TV. I have no problem paying 40 bucks to see this.

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