Tokoro-Yamazaki Added to DREAM.5

Hideo Tokoro attempts to submit Brad Pickett with a heel hook. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

A featherweight bout between K-1 veteran Hideo Tokoro and former DEEP title challenger Takeshi Yamazaki has been added to the undercard for Monday’s DREAM.5 event, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The promotion officially announced the fight earlier today.

Tokoro turned heads at the DREAM middleweight grand prix quarterfinals in May, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran Darren Uyenoyama in one of ‘08’s current ‘fight of the year’ candidates. Prior to that, he was submitted by Kiyoshi Tamura at K-1 Premium Dynamite!! 2007 on New Year’s Eve.

Yamazaki, who has fought primarily in DEEP and Shooto, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that extends back to February of last year. He most recently won an unanimous decision over Shoji Maruyama at DREAM.3 in May and submitted Daiki Ozaki with a rear naked choke at a February Cage Force show.


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