(Now that’s what a commitment to deadpan looks like. Props: Kamipro.com)
Dream’s great experiment inside a cage is now less than a week away, and though they’re inching closer they still haven’t finalized the complete lineup. The most recent addition is Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba taking on Croatian striker Zelg Galesic. Galesic was originally slated to face Melvin Manhoef who, like a couple other participants who appeared on the promotional poster, has since pulled out. Instead, Sakuraba will go directly from fighting a pro boxer with no idea that leg kicks actually hurt, to fighting a guy who has what it takes to give him another Manhoef-style beating like the one that probably should have heralded the end of his career. So basically, if there’s anything you’ve been wanting to say to Sakuraba, you better go ahead and say it now while you still have the chance.
Meanwhile, Alistair Overeem will head to Japan fresh off his assault on Tony Sylvester at Ultimate Glory 11 this weekend, and still there’s no word on who he’ll be facing when he steps in the white cage on Sunday. Since the odds of Dream booking a top-ten heavyweight on less than a week’s notice aren’t all that great, it’s probably safe to say that Overeem will be getting his second squash match in as many weekends. Maybe the reason he’s avoiding the U.S. isn’t fear of drug tests. Maybe he just likes beating up on guys who are nowhere near his skill-level and getting paid for it. Not having to pee in a cup at the end of the night, that’s just a bonus.
The current line-up for Dream.12, courtesy of Nightmare of Battle, is looking like this:
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
Parky vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Marius Zaromskis vs. Myeon Ho Bae
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Zelg Galesic
Yoon Dong Sik vs. Paulo Filho
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Chase Beebe
Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Tomoya Miyashita
Alistair Overeem vs. TBA