SAKURABA FACES PROFESSIONAL BOXER AT DREAM 11
Sunday, October 04, 2009 - by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Dream on Sunday announced the opponent for last minute Dream 11 addition Kazushi Sakuraba. He will face professional boxer Rubin “Hollywood” Williams.
Sakuraba (24-12-1) enters the bout on a two-fight skid, having lost back-to-back bouts to Kiyoshi Tamura and Melvin Manhoef. With the sun setting on the 40-year-old’s career, Sakuraba could do with a win. Dream will give him every opportunity in Williams.
With a professional record of 29-8-1, in boxing, Williams has never competed in professional mixed martial arts. Like any striker, he stands a puncher’s chance, but without extensive training faces a difficult proposition in the Japanese legend.
Dream 11 features a lightweight championship bout between current titleholder Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki, as well as the finals of the Featherweight Grand Prix. It will air on Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. ET in the United States on HDNet.
DREAM 11: OCTOBER 6, 2009 ON HDNET
Venue: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan
Dream Featherweight Grand Prix Finals:
-Fernandes/Warren winner vs. Takaya/Tokoro winner
Dream Lightweight Championship:
-Shinya Aoki (21-4; #2 Lightweight) vs. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1; #5 Lightweight)
-Kazushi Sakuraba (24-12-1) vs. Rubin Williams (0-0)
-Tatsuya Kawajiri (24-5-2) vs. Melchor Manibusan (2-3)
Dream Super Hulk Tournament Semi-Finals (Open Weight):
-Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (6-4) vs. Bob Sapp (10-5-1)
-Ikuhisa Minowa (42-30-8) vs. Hong Man Choi (2-2)
Dream Featherweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals:
-Bibiano Fernandes (5-2) vs. Joe Warren (2-0)
-Hiroyuki Takaya (11-6-1) vs. Hideo Tokoro (22-16-1)
Dream Featherweight Grand Prix Reserve Match:
-Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata (11-5-3) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (7-7)
*Based on the MMAWeekly.com World MMA Rankings
Man, I know neither man is relevant in his sport anymore, but I'd love to see Saku beat Williams and put at least a temporary halt to all the trash talk that followed Mercer-Sylvia.