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DREAM 4: Middleweight Grand Prix Round 2

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The Japanese-based DREAM mixed martial arts promotion recently announced five bouts for the second round of its middleweight grand prix tournament slated for the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on June 15.

Among the notable competitors are Jason "Mayhem" Miller (21-5) vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza (8-1). Miller was last seen in action on May 11 at DREAM 3, where he defeated Katsuyori Shibata by TKO. Souza is also coming off a DREAM win, when he submitted Ian Murphy back on April 29 in the opening round of the GP.

In one of the more lopsided match-ups, elder statesmen Kazushi Sakuraba (24-10-1) is being fed to Dutch kickboxer "Marvelous" Melvin Manhoef (21-4-1). Sakuraba was able to get past the opening round of the grand prix by submitting Andrews Nakahara, but he is going to have his head taken off against Manhoef if he stays on his feet.

Manhoef, like Miller, is coming off a TKO win on May 11 when he obliterated Dae Won Kim with punches and knees at DREAM 3. Considering he's ended his last four fights via (T)KO, we can only hope that Sakuraba is a religious man.

Here are the matches for the second round of the middleweight GP:

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Melvin Manhoef
Gegard Mousasi vs. Dong Sik Yoon
Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza
Zelg Galesic vs. Taiei Kin

Shinya Aoki will also take on Nagata Katsuhiko to determine the fourth and final man to advance to the semifinals of the 2008 DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix.

The night was also supposed to feature the main event of former PRIDE and UFC heavyweight Mirko Cro Cop (23-6-2) facing decorated K-1 kickboxing champion, Jerome LeBanner (3-1), but a minor leg injury to the Croation striker forced that bout to be moved to DREAM 5 on July 20.

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