Gesias "JZ" Calvancante (14-1-1) and Shinya "Tobikan Judan" Aoki (14-2)have some unfinished business. And DREAM officials aren't wasting any time in settling the score according to the official DREAM website.
At the opening round of the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix on March 15, the much anticipated match-up between Calvancante and Aoki was stopped after Aoki suffered accidental - albeit illegal - blows to the back of the head and neck and was unable to continue.
The bout was ruled a "no contest" and Calvancante and Aoki are set to rematch at DREAM.2 on April 29. The victor had better plan on an early stoppage since they'll only have two weeks to recover for the next round at DREAM.3 on May 11 at the Saitama Super Arena.
Waiting for them will be Olympic silver medalist and K-1 veteran Katsuhiko Nagata (4-2). Nagata advanced to the second round by defeating Russia's Artur Oumakhanov via unanimous decision.
For a look at the Calvancante/Aoki stoppage check out the video below:
DREAM.2 will also mark the beginning of the 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix. For a look at the event and a pretty solid fight card that includes fan favorites Denis Kang (29-9-1) and Kazushi Sakuraba (23-10-1) click here.
DREAM officials also announced the second round matches for the Lightweight Grand Prix at DREAM.3 on May 11:
- Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Caol Uno
- Joachim Hansen vs. Eddie Alvarez
- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luis "Buscape" Firmino
- Katsuhiko Nagata vs. winner of Aoki/Calvancante
Between DREAM, the UFC, World Victory Road and EliteXC/Strikeforce it's going to be an amazing and action-packed year of mixed martial arts.
What a great time to be an MMA fan.