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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-05-2009, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Sakuraba draws Rubin Williams for Dream 11

Sunday, October 04, 2009 - by 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.


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)

Single Bouts:
-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 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.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-07-2009, 04:45 AM
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Laughed. Cried. Laughed.

Saku has been quoted as saying that he's going to fight until he receives social insurance. When will that be? When he turns sixty. Hah.
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