Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG) today continued to bolster its upcoming DREAM 15 card with two stellar match-ups for the July 10 event booked for the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Feared striker and longtime veteran of Japanese combat sports, Melvin Manhoef, will look for a "Marvelous" return to the promotion when he opens the light heavyweight grand prix against M-1 and Pancrase product Tatsuya Mizuno.
Manhoef (24-7-1) is coming off a stunning knockout loss to "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: "Miami" back in January while Mizuno (7-5) hasn't competed since November 2009 when he stopped Ilir Latifi via technical knockout under the K-1 banner.
The victor will go on to face the winner of Gegard Mousasi and his yet-to-be named opponent.
Also slated for July 10 is a lightweight affair between DREAM and K-1 veteran Gesias Cavalcante and DEEP star Katsunori Kikuno.
Despite an impressive record of 14-3-1, "JZ" has put up goose eggs during his three fight run for DREAM, recently dropping back-to-back decisions to Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri and debuting with a "no contest" against "The Tobikan Judan."
Kikuno (13-2-2) has fared a little better, wrapping two technical knockout victories around a submission loss to Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
DREAM 15 will feature a lightweight grudge match between champion Shinya Aoki and challenger (and longtime rival) Tatsuya Kawajiri. Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi is also expected to compete.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on this still-developing fight card.