With the event just a week away, DREAM officials have added four official bouts to the hard-to-fill DREAM.15 fight card.
Bouts include middleweights Karl Amoussou (11-2-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura (14-10 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), featherweights Michihiro Omigawa (10-8-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) vs. Young Sam Jung (0-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), and featherweights Mitsuhiro Ishida (18-6-1 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) vs. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata (11-6-3 MMA, 1-1 DREAM).
Additionally, a light-heavyweight bout MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) previously reported between light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi (28-3-1 MMA, 6-0 DREAM) and Jake O'Brien (13-3 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) also was made official.
DREAM.15 takes place July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. It airs in North America on HDNet.
Amoussou, a longtime M-1 fighter who recently made his Strikeforce debut with a draw against Trevor Prangley, is undefeated over his past four fights and 6-1-1 since early 2008. He now meets a fellow DREAM newcomer in Nakamura, a PRIDE, UFC and World Victory Road veteran who rebounded from a 2-5 skid with an April unanimous-decision win over legend Hidehiko Yoshida.
Omigawa, who's also competed in top organizations such as the UFC, looks for his fourth straight win following a 5-1 run in WVR and a unanimous-decision win over WEC vet Micah Miller at an April ASTRA event. He meets South Korean Young, whose two SpiritMC fights resulted in quick first-round knockout losses.
Ishida, meanwhile, fights for the first time since a lopsided decision loss to Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez in August. Prior to the title fight, he suffered a TKO loss to Mizuto Hirota at a Shooto event, and he's now posted back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. He looks to rebound against Hata, who recently snapped a five-fight undefeated streak with a unanimous-decision loss to Kazuyuki Miyata at DREAM.11.
The latest DREAM.11 card now includes:
* Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (for lightweight title)
* Melvin Manhoef vs. Tatsuya Mizuno (light-heavyweight grand prix opening round)
* Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante vs. Katsunori Kikuno
* Karl Amoussou vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura
* Michihiro Omigawa vs. Young Sam Jung
* Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O'Brien (light-heavyweight grand prix opening round)
* Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida