The Line-up For DREAM 4
Here are the rumored fighters for Dream 4, from MMA Weekly.
DREAM 4:JUNE 15, 2008
venue: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Lightweight Grand Prix Second Round bout:
-Shinya Aoki (#2 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Katsuhiko Nagata
-Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (#9 Heavyweight in the World)* vs. Jerome LeBanner
Middleweight Grand Prix Second Round (16-man tournament)
-Gegard Mousasi (#9 Middleweight in the World)*
-Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
-Dong Sik Yoon
Dang, if they stand and trade Cro Cop may be in trouble with Le Banner
No LeBanner is definetly not a LHW:)
I love Dream:D
There partnership with Pro Elite is gonna be so damn sweet.
@ Kamikaze, yeah it's a dangerous fight, much more dangerous than most people realise. LeBanner has seriously heavy power. And he's been continuing to fight in K-1 where as Mirko has been in MMA for a while now. This fight will no doubt be a stand up fight, so yes Mirko could well be in some trouble. I still pick Mirko though.
It's kind of a weird fight though. Could be devastating for Mirko if he were to lose this.
4 to go through (haven't seen brackets)
Ronaldo "Jacare" De Souza
Dong Sik Yoon
Geez, Dream is pumping out the shows. I love it.
JLB vs Mirko is a coin flip fight for me.
I'm hoping Dong wins this GP. Dong definitely has the talent to do so, since he's improved a ton, has a really good ground game, really good judo, can take a good shot and is AWESOME!
I'm interested to see how far Kiyoshi Tamura goes in this GP. I've always felt he was underrated.
AOKI! AOKI! AOKI! AOKI!
You can vote for the grand prix match ups on their site I think. Really looking forward to more Jacare and Mirko/JLB.
I was thinking that Dong could win it. I'd like to see Galesic win, but I don't know.
As for Mirko vs. JLB, it's a DREAM fight. I'm really excited to see what happens, I have no idea who will win.
LeBanner's legs alone are LHW, lol. He's a huge guy. I'm worried for CC in this fight. He should take him down and work some GnP and tire LeBanner out because if he strictly stands with him, the former K-1 champ will beat him I think.
Aoki wins 1st round gogo.
Rest of the card is just as sexy, I love DREAM.
I think the winner of this GP will either be Mousasi or Jacare, if someone else wins it I would be pretty surprised, but who knows. JLB vs Cro Cop was postponed until Dream 5 because JLB is fighting with Semmy in June at K-1 or something like that I think.
The Donger sure is awesome, but the Alligator (or whatever Jacare means) is my boy in this one. I'm really looking for my ADCC boyz to tap some ass.
I think Ronaldo might have Jitz that's VERY well suited for MMA; It's aggressive, explosive and brilliantly simple (i.e. not many moves that can only be used in grappling, like a lot of Marcelo Garcia's open guard game). Also, a lot of world class grapplers has shown that jitz gotta be played aggressive in MMA, because their opponents probably doesn't know as much as them so they can afford to be aggressive. So Jacare, being the technically better grappler than for instance Big Nog or Thales Leites (who also use their BJJ aggressively for mma, as they should do), should/could have even more success being aggressive than his "predecessors".
Look at a good counterexample: Gabriel Gonzaga. He just hasn't incorporated his jiu jitsu that well in his game, and is too often on the defensive on the ground. He didn't even want to be on the ground against Fabiano Sherner (sp).
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