DREAM Announces Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal Pairings


Hayato Sakurai. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

Fighting and Entertainment Group today announced the semifinals matchups for their inaugural welterweight grand prix tournament, which will continue at DREAM.10 on July 20 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Fresh off of his stunning first-round TKO of Shinya Aoki at DREAM.8 in April, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will now face Lithuanian prospect and Cage Rage product Marius Zaromskis, who won an unanimous decision over Seichi Ikemoto in his opening-round bout.

In addition, Affliction veteran Jason High will meet grappling expert Andre Galvao. Both fighters scored first-round submissions in their tourney openers. High needed less than a minute to submit Yuya Shirai while Galvao tapped UFC and WEC welterweight title challenger John Alessio in just his third professional bout.

DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen is also scheduled to defend his title in a rubber match against Shinya Aoki at the event as well. Aoki originally submitted Hansen with a gogoplata at PRIDE’s “Shockwave 2006” event almost three years ago, but Hansen then scored an upset TKO of Aoki in the finals of DREAM’s lightweight grand prix last summer.

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