DREAM.15 took place this past Saturday, and saw Tatsuya Mizuno and Gegard Mousasi move onto the final round of the 4-man DREAM light heavyweight grand prix. Mizuno and Mousasi are expected to meet at DREAM.16 in September, with the winner becoming the first ever DREAM light heavyweight champion.
At DREAM.15, Mousasi blew through his semi-final opponent Jake O'Brien with embarrassing ease, whereas Mizuno fought feared striker Melvin Manhoef, in a back and forth battle that at one point was nearly over for the Japanese fighter. However, Mizuno hung in there and eventually took advantage of Manhoef's lacking submission game, forcing the Dutchman to tap out late in the first round due to a kimura.
While the tournament final shows Mousasi to be the clear favorite, I can't help but hope for Mizuno to shock the world and defeat the former DREAM and Strikeforce champion. It's blatantly obvious that Mizuno is out-matched wherever the fight goes, and will most likely get stopped within the first 10 minutes, but I'd love nothing more than to see the Japanese underdog somehow win the fight and knab DREAM's first ever light heavyweight title.
Is there anyone out there who believes Tatsuya Mizuno will win this fight, and if so, how will he do it? Remember, he does have Matt "The Wizard" Hume in his corner! In case you didn't see Mizuno's battle against Manhoef, you can do so after the jump.
Melvin Manhoef vs. Tatsuya Mizuno.DREAM 15. (via KARELMMA)