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DREAM 17 lineup set for this weekend’s event

If hardcore fans thought the last few weekends provided a hearty serving of Mixed Martial Arts action, they better loosen their belts Friday and Saturday night given the plethora of options coming their way from the UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator, and DREAM.

The Japanese promotion has now announced the official card for DREAM 17, a show airing live on HDNet at 3:00 AM EST Saturday morning, and it definitely won’t disappoint those willing to stay up late enough to watch things unfold live in Saitama Super Arena (or craft enough to use their DVRs).

Not only will the event feature a great group of 135-pounders in the organization’s bantamweight Grand Prix quarterfinals but a handful of UFC veterans and DREAM staples including Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough, Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri, and appearances from Caol Uno, Gerald Harris, and of course Kazushi Sakuraba.

Here is a full listing of DREAM 17 bouts:

Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough
Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Takeshi Inoue vs. Caol Uno
Yan Cabral vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Willamy Freire vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Gerald Harris vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
Antonio Banuelos vs. Hideo Tokoro
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otuska
Masakazu Imanari vs. Abel Cullum
Rodolfo Marques vs. Yusup Saadulaev


  • hindsightufuk says:

    really looking forward to this event, some great fighters and some great match ups.
    Joachim Hansen vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri is gonna be awesome
    Takeshi Inoue vs. Caol Uno, Willamy Freire vs. Satoru Kitaoka, Antonio Banuelos vs. Hideo Tokoro, Bibiano Fernandes vs. Takafumi Otuska & Masakazu Imanari vs. Abel Cullum all have the potential to be hugely entertaining

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I will dvr this for sure and watch it all morning saturday.

  • Hohlraum says:

    These guys always put on an awesome show!

  • Guthookd says:

    What will Imanari do in order to get the fight to the ground?……any fucking thing he can.

    Hansen needs a win, and even though I really like the match up, I don’t like his odds of coming out victorious. Can’t wait to find out!

    Nice to see a product of The Pit in Banuelos, fighting over seas. I can’t picture Hideo right now, but I think it was he who just won a GP. Could be wrong.

    Wonder if Willamy Freire is related to the Pit Bulls of Brazil?

    Aioki by sub round 1 before the 3 minute mark. Rob’s only chance is slim, but then again, Aioki’s TDs suck, so we’ll see. In interested.


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