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Dream.4: Mayhem-Jacare, Sakuraba-Manhoef

(It’s all fun and games until Melvin Manhoef kicks you in the head.)

Someone at Dream hates Kazushi Sakuraba. The Japanese organization announced some of the match-ups for their fourth offering, including the second round of their middleweight tournament scheduled for June 15, and while Jayson “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza promise to put on an interesting show, pitting walking highlight reel Melvin Manhoef against an aging and battered Sakuraba seems almost irresponsible.

Then again, if Pride taught us anything it’s that Japanese MMA organizations love a mismatch almost as much as they love to see a game Sakuraba take fights he really shouldn’t. It’s not just that Sakuraba probably should consider retiring for good, though he should. It’s also that Manhoef is a bad style match-up for him. He’s an explosive striker with the potential to really hurt you if you stand in front of him for too long. And how long is too long? Well, unless the fight starts on the mat, Sakuraba is in trouble.

You’d think that if Dream wanted to see Sakuraba in the ring so bad they’d put him up against a grappler, where at least we could see an interesting ground war. Instead, they seem to want to see him battered mercilessly while his loyal fans look on in horror. To each his own, I guess.

The rest of the dream card is shaping up like this:

Shinya Aoki vs. Nagat Katsuhiko
Zelg Benkei Galesik vs. Kin Taei
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Jayson “Mayhem” Miller
Gegard Mousasi vs. Yoon Dong Sik
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Melvin Manhoef


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godzillad- May 22, 2008 at 6:44 pm
Jesus, Saku's doing that better than Bret.
Beat- May 22, 2008 at 6:15 pm
The explanation is simple yet unintentionally hillarious.

DREAM DID run an online poll. Everyone voted for Sakuraba to fight longtime nemesis Kiyoshi Tamura. But- Whoopse! Tamura withdrew from the fight because of a broken finger. Melv won his fight for the reserve spot with ease, and now he gets to fill Tamura's spot.

Poor Sak. I know he's one of Japan's national heroes and all that, but he's seriously on the verge of Ali-style punch drunkeness. Can't they throw in another national hero like Hideki Matsui or something?
Blackleg- May 22, 2008 at 5:40 pm
You should stop drinking right now Wad. You're way past your limit mate. ;)
Wad- May 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Everyone refer back to this post after the event happens to remember that WAD said that SAKU is going to beat Manhoef.

That's right. You heard it here first. SAKU OVER MANHOEF.
Asian- May 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm
Man I hate to see Saku get destroyed..
homegrowncone- May 22, 2008 at 4:38 pm
To be fair to Dream , I do believe these matchup's were made via an online poll. It's not the company who wants to see Saku mauled, it's the fans!