Nick Diaz to Face Hayato “Mach” Sakurai for DREAM Belt


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Following his dominating performance over the former welterweight King of Pancrase Katsuya Inoue, Nick Diaz will take on Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (30-7-2) for the DREAM welterweight belt at on July 21 at DREAM 5 in Osaka, Japan.

Legendary Japanese Mixed Martial Artist and former pro wrestler, Sakurai has defeated the likes of Mac Danzig, Jens Pulver, Frank Trigg, AokiShinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen and Caol Uno. Sakurai latest win came at DREAM 1 as he defeated Hidetaka Monma by TKO (Strikes) in the first round.

The winner of the fight will take home the first ever DREAM welterweight belt.

Yarennoka News: Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki Off

JZ Calvancante

Sherdog has confirmed that American Top Team fighter JZ Calvancante will not be able to fight Shinya Aoki on New Years Eve’s Yarennoka show, due to recent surgeries on his knee and nose in Brazil.

Strange thing is that JZ Calvancante seemed ready to fight on an interview conducted by Sherdog three days ago. Also sources at American Top Team in Florida, have said Calvancante has not been training for the fight.

It is uncertain if Aoki will fight a replacement on NYE or be scratched off the card altogether.

The Calvancante vs. Aoki fight would have been the best match-up on the Yarennoka card. Aoki has been tearing trough opponents with his multicolored spandex and Gogoplata Submissions, as he looked to continue his eight fight win streak on NYE.

JZ Calvancante (14-1) has won the K-1 Grand Prix Tournament two years in a row, making him one of the top lightweights in the sport.