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1240571644_mediumThe news and fight announcements just keep flowing out of Japan this week. I'm not sure how anyone can train at the DEEP Gym with all the press conferences they've been holding on the mats there lately. Today, it was DREAM Event Producer Keiichi Sasahara and Tatsuya Kawajiri (23-5-2) addressing the media and confirming a May 26th DREAM.9 lightweight dance for "Crusher" with former K-1 Hero's champ Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (14-2-1). Sasahara also outlined a tentative plan for the lightweight title, which has gone undefended since Joachim Hansen defeated Shinya Aoki in last July's Lightweight Grand Prix finals: the winner of Kawajiri-Cavalcante will challenge the winner of Hansen-Aoki III (currently penciled in for July 20th at DREAM.10) on FEG's annual Dynamite!! New Year's Eve mega-card.

World Victory Road, meanwhile, added the finishing touch to next weekend's Sengoku VIII show: Pancrase's Hirotoshi Saito (2-1-1) and ZST's Yoshitaka Abe (2-2-1) will face off in an evening-opening featherweight scrap. Both men are coming off of losses and will no doubt look to throw down and secure further employment in the big league.

Don't forget to join the Night Crew here at BloodyElbow.com for the Sengoku VIII liveblog. The show airs live on HDNet next Saturday at 3AM ET. Here's the final card and bout order:

Sengoku VIII
May 2, 2009
Yoyogi National Stadium
Tokyo, Japan

FWGP: Hatsu Hioki (18-3-2) vs. Ronnie "Ushiwaka" Mann (17-1-1)
FWGP
: Michihiro Omigawa (5-7-1) vs. Nam Phan (15-5)
LW
: Kazunori Yokota (8-2-3) vs. Leonardo Santos (6-2) - Title Eliminator
LHW
: Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro (1-0) vs. Keiichiro Yamamiya (34-23-9)
FWGP
: Masanori Kanehara (12-5-5) vs. Chan Sung Jung (3-0)
FWGP
: Marlon Sandro (13-0) vs. Nick Denis (7-0)
WW
: Makoto Takimoto (4-5) vs. Michael Costa (9-4)
LHW
: Travis Wiuff (54-12) vs. Stanislav Nedkov (5-0)
LW
: Maximo "Makishi" Blanco (2-1-1) vs. Akihiko Mori (6-6-1)
FW
: Shigeki Osawa (1-0) vs. Kota Ishibashi (0-3)
FW
: Hirotoshi Saito (2-1-1) vs. Yoshitaka Abe (2-2-1)

HEIWA DREAM.9
May 26, 2009
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan

DREAM Middleweight Title Bout
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (10-2) vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-6)

DREAM Lightweight Title Contender Bout
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (14-2-1) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (23-5-2)

Featherweight GP Quarterfinals
Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto (17-1) vs. Joe Warren (1-0)
Masakazu Imanari (16-6-1) vs. Bibiano Fernandes (4-2)
Yoshiro Maeda (24-6-2) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (10-6-1)
Hideo Tokoro (21-16-1) vs. Abel Cullum (14-2)

Rumored Bouts
Paulo Filho (16-1) vs. TBA
Melvin Manhoef (23-5-1) vs. TBA