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‘Hellboy’ Returns, Hunt Likely for DREAM.5

(The Super Samoan could make his DREAM debut this month.)

DREAM officials recently held a press conference announcing more matches for their fifth event (July 21st; Osaka, Japan). Along with the highly anticipated conclusion of their lightweight grand prix, a reserve match between Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen and Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill will take place in case one of the winning semi-finalists is unable to continue to the final round; Hansen defeated Kotetsu Boku in the GP’s opening round in March before dropping a decision to Eddie Alvarez in the quarterfinals, while Gill was bounced out of the first round by Tatsuya Kawajiri. Highly regarded middleweight Yoshihiro Akiyama will compete for the first time since his illegal soccer-kick KO of Kazuo Misaki at Yarennoka! last New Year’s Eve, taking on professional punching bag Katsuyori Shibata (2-4), who has dropped recent matches to Jason Miller and Kazushi Sakuraba.

DREAM.5 may also see the return of PRIDE/K-1 legend Mark Hunt, who was announced as a participant, though his opponent hasn’t been named yet. Hunt hasn’t competed in an MMA match since PRIDE Shockwave 2006 (12/31/06), when he was submitted by Fedor Emelianenko via kimura. And of course Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto will be in a featured featherweight bout against 7-0 Sacramento native Joseph Benavidez. The full lineup is after the jump…

Lightweight GP Final
Kawajiri/Alvarez vs. Uno/Aoki

Lightweight GP Semifinals
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Eddie Alvarez
Caol Uno vs. Shinya Aoki

Lightweight GP Reserve
Joachim Hansen vs. Kultar Gill

Featherweight Fight
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Joseph Benavidez

Middleweight Fight
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Welterweight Fight
Motoki Miyazawa vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Heavyweight Fight
Mark Hunt vs. TBA

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Rob from inside Tito Ortiz's Massive Noggin- July 10, 2008 at 3:03 pm
I always say "My Cunt" in my head when I say Mark Hunt's name.
teachbug- July 9, 2008 at 8:37 pm
Good thing Mark Hunts first name isnt Mike :)
Kid- July 9, 2008 at 8:08 pm
Thanks dude
Mark Hunt- July 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm
Just try and knock me out
yo- July 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm
yamamoto is a beast