Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi, Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazayuki Miyata Confirmed for Dream 17
By FCF Staff
Dream has confirmed two title fights for the promotion’s upcoming July 16th event in Tokyo, Japan, as light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi (pictured) will take on Hiroshi Izumi and featherweight champ Hiroyuki Takaya will fight Kazayuki Miyata.
Mousasi (30-3-2) fought to a draw with Keith Jardine while competing for Strikeforce on April 9th, after winning back-to-back bouts against Jake O’Brien and Tatsuya Mizuno under the Dream banner.
Izumi (4-1) is coming off a third round, stoppage of Ikuhisa Minowa at K-1’s Dynamite card on New Year’s Eve. The decorated judo practitioner has won four straight since being defeated by Antz Nanzen in his MMA debut.
Takaya (15-9-1) lost by split decision to Robert Peralta in his last outing at Strikeforce’s “Diaz vs. Daley” card in April. The loss ended the Japanese veteran’s three fight winning streak which included defeating former champion Bibiano Fernandes by unanimous decision.
Miyata (11-7) will look to continue his impressive run as of late, as the featherweight has won seven straight. Most recently, at the aforementioned Dynamite card, Miyata scored a UD win over Caol Uno.
Other bouts that are scheduled for Dream 17 include the bantamweight grand-prix final between Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro, as well as the runner up fight between Atsushi Yamamoto and Kenji Osawa.