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DREAM Warriors: July 21 DREAM 5 card close to completion

After two high profile bouts landed in the boneyard, DREAM officials have finally put some of its July 21 matches on paper, according to the DREAM official Web site.

DREAM 5 features the conclusion of its lightweight grand prix between semifinalists Eddie Alarez, Tatsuya Kawajirir, Shinya Aoki and Caol Uno.

Lightweights Joachim Hansen and Kultar Gill will also compete for a reserve spot in the finals should one of the aforementioned competitors be unable to continue.

Things got off to a rough start when Nick Diaz was forced to pull out of the first-ever welterweight title fight against Hayato "Mach" Sakurai after contractual obligations left him stateside.

Recently joining the card is former PRIDE heavyweight and K-1 champion Mark Hunt (5-3), who gives this card a much needed shot in the arm after Jerome LeBanner went MIA and the on again-off again antics from Mirko Cro-Cop left this event without a star heavyweight.

Hunt was recently tooled by fellow K-1 goliath Semmy Schilt at the K-1 World Grand Prix back in April. While Hunt hasn't competed in mixed martial arts since his submission loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Shockwave 2006, his granite chin and superior striking are still credible threats to any heavyweight conteder ... even the dreaded TBA (0-0).

Here is the latest fight card for DREAM 5, scheduled for July 21 at the Osaka-jo Hall in Osaka, Japan:

Non-Tournament Bouts
Motoki Miyazawa vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Joseph Benavidez
Mark Hunt vs. TBA

Lightweight Tournament Reserve Bout
Joachim Hansen vs. Kultar Gill

Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Eddie Alvarez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Shinya Aoki vs. Caol Uno

Lightweight Tournament Final
Winners of semifinals clash

Stay tuned for the finalized card. In the meantime, let the speculation for Hunt's opponent officially begin. Kharitonov? Siliga?

Time will tell ...

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