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Thursday, Aug 25, 2011

DREAM Confirms Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Yan Cabral for Sept. 24th

By FCF Staff

DREAM has announced today that 42 year-old veteran Kazushi Sakuraba (pictured) will face the undefeated 28 year-old Yan Cabral at the promotion’s upcoming September 24th card in Saitama, Japan.

DREAM 17 will be hosted by the Saitama Super Arena. No North American broadcasting plans for the event have been confirmed yet.

Sakuraba (26-15-1) will be looking to end a three fight losing streak, the longest of the Pride veteran’s career. Since submitting Zelg Galesic with a first round, kneebar in October, 2009, the Japanese fighter has recorded losses against Ralek Gracie, Jason Miller and most recently Marius Zaromskis.

The loss to Zaromskis occurred on this past New Year’s Eve, and was via doctor stoppage, due to a severe tear Sakuraba incurred in his ear.

Cabral (9-0) hasn’t competed since October, 2010, when he submitted Djordje Beric while competing on a Strength and Honor Championship card in Switzerland. The Nova Uniao, BJJ black belt has primarily competed on the European circuit since he began fighting professionally in 2007.

DREAM 17, which will feature the opening round of the promotion’s world bantamweight grand-prix, now has 10 bouts confirmed for the event.

Here is the line-up to date.

Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals

Masakazu Imanari vs. Abel Cullum

Hideo Tokoro vs. Antonio Banuelos

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otuska

Rodolfo Marques vs. Yusup Saadulaev


Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough

Yan Cabral vs. Kazushi Sakuraba

Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri

Willamy Freire vs. Satoru Kitaoka

Takeshi Inoue vs. Caol Uno

Gerald Harris vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura


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