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Dream Announces 3 More Lightweight Fights, New Rules for March 15 Event

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Courtesy MMA Weekly:

A bout between Gesias "JZ" Calvancante and Shinya Aoki was previously announced for the Dream 16-man lightweight tournament. The promotion has now added Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kultar "Black Mamba" Gill, Joachim Hansen vs. Kotetsu Boku, and Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luiz "Buscape" Firmino.

Other participants expected to take part in the tournament, but not yet paired up, include Andre "Dida" Amade, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Caol Uno, Gilbert Melendez, Artur Oumakhanov, and Jung Bu-Kyung.

The lightweight tournament now includes six of the Top 10 fighters in the world in the division, according to the World MMA Rankings. In fact, the only fighter in the top six not in the tournament is No.1 ranked Takanori Gomi, who is facing Duane "Bang" Ludwig on World Victory Road's debut event on March 5.

In addition to its Lightweight Grand Prix, Dream is also hopeful to have Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic fight on the March 15 event. Filipovic was released from his Ultimate Fighting Championship contract in order to return to Japan to fight.

No word yet on a ready opponent for CroCop.

Also of note is that Dream is bringing back the 10-minute first round/5-minute second round format that was trademarked by Pride. I don't know whether I really care about this one way or the other. I'd prefer to have a little more uniformity, I suppose, but if this is the cost of having a thriving Japanese MMA scene again then no bother.

HEIWA DREAM.1 Lightweight GP 2008 1st Round
Date: March 15th, 2008
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

Mirko Cro Cop vs. TBA

LW GP 1st Round Fights:
J.Z. Calvan vs. Shinya Aoki

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Black Mamba

Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis Buscape

Koutetsu Boku vs. Joachim Hansen

LW GP Participants:
Andre Dida

Mitsuhiro Ishida

Caol Uno

Gilbert Melendez

Artur Oumakhanov

Jung Bukyung