DREAM 10 Welterweight Matchups Set: Jason High vs. Andre Galvao, Hayato Sakurai vs. Mariusz Zaromskis
by Leland Roling
on May 14, 2009 9:14 AM EDT
According to MMAWeekly, the DREAM 10 Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal bracket has been set
. Sources close to Jason High's camp confirmed that he will, in fact, take on highly-touted Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner Andre Galvao on July 20th:
Jason High will face off with jiu-jitsu ace Andre Galvao at Dream 10 on July 20 at Saitama Super Arena. The news was confirmed Wednesday by a source close to the Affliction veteran.
The eight-man tournament is the second-to-last weight class featured in the promotionís tournament focus, and will be followed by a "Super Hulk" open weight tournament on May 26 featuring several inherently Japanese match-ups.
With the matchup set, that leaves Croation bruiser Mariusz Zaromskis taking on Aoki killer Hayato Sakurai.
These are some very interesting matchups, but I have no doubt that it's setting up a Galvao vs. Sakurai finale. High is going to have a very tough time utilizing any of his wrestling ability against Galvao, and Galvao has a surprisingly good standup game coupled with solid power.
Sakurai has a much easier matchup in Zaromskis on paper, although Zaromskis has huge power and dynamic striking ability in utilizing kicks mixed with overhands. Sakurai has a big experience edge, so I'm more inclined to believe he can defeat Zaromskis in the semifinal to move on. A much anticipated showdown between Sakurai and Galvao could make this final one of the books. Sakurai has always been very good at avoiding the submission, but can he escape Galvao? We'll see how DREAM 10 goes down before resorting to those questions.