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Though this Monday’s DREAM 10 event will feature the semi-finals and finals of their welterweight GP, as well non-tournament matches between Shinya Aoki and Vitor Ribeiro, and Melvin Manhoef vs. Paulo Filho, the lineup’s still a little thin. As of yesterday, only six fights were officially announced for the card. So, the organizers are doing a little last-minute patching, adding Seichi Ikemoto vs. Tarec Saffiedine as a GP reserve bout, and Jesse "JT Money" Taylor vs. PRIDE/K-1 HERO’s vet Dong Sik Yoon. The news was first broke yesterday on Taylor’s official website, YoJTMoney.com (seriously), in which Mongo wrote: "JT has always wanted to fight for the prestegious Dream organization and for the warrior spirit of Japan. JT will be sure to make the most of this incredible journey and opportunity."
Since being kicked out of the TUF 7 finals for a drunken casino rampage, then returning only to be Peruvian Necktied by CB Dollaway, Taylor has gone on a six-fight tear in various regional leagues, with four of his wins by rear-naked choke. Yoon is on a two-fight losing skid, dropping DREAM fights to Gegard Mousasi and Andrews Nakahara. You know things are desperate for DREAM when they’re flying out Ultimate Fighter footnotes to put against guys with 4-6 records, but at least now they have eight fights on the card, which sounds a lot better than seven. If you still have HDNet, you can watch the fights live late Sunday night beginning at 3 a.m. ET / midnight PT.
In other DREAM news, the third fight between Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza will take place at a DREAM event in September. The two middleweights first met at DREAM 4 last June, where Jacare took a unanimous decision victory. Their last fight at DREAM 9 in May ended early when Miller opened up a gash on Souza’s head with an illegal kick; Mayhem subsequently called Jacare a "vagina-head Brazilian."