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Marius Zaromskis eyes DREAM return in May


DREAM welterweight champion, Marius Zaromskis is set to return to Japan in May at DREAM 15, according to MMA Fighting.

The event, which the Japanese-based promotion has yet to announce, is scheduled for May 30 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

No opponent has surfaced for the Lithuanian-born fighter at the time of writing. Zaromskis, who fights out of London Shootfighters, captured the DREAM welterweight belt after emerging as the surprise winner of the promotion's welterweight tournament last July. He has yet to defend his title, and whether the upcoming bout at DREAM 15 will have the title on the line remains a mystery.

Zaromskis made his Strikeforce and USA debut in January at "Strikeforce: Miami" against Nick Diaz. Vying for the promotion's vacant welterweight title, he succumbed to the Cesar Gracie pupil via first-round TKO.

Prior to his Strikeforce debut, he was scheduled to compete at the upcoming DREAM 13 against Kiyoshi Tamura on March 22. Perhaps due to the 30-day medical suspension he received after the Strikeforce bout and the subsequent time crunch for training camp, the bout has been scratched.

No other fights have been announced for DREAM 15. Nonetheless, several reports indicate that Gegard Mousasi and Renato "Babalu" Sobral may compete in the first round of the promotion's light heavyweight Grand Prix on the event.

On another note, DREAM 14, which is scheduled for April 24, will likely mark the promotion's South Korean debut. Also, besides the aforementioned light heavyweight grand prix, DREAM will hold a middleweight tournament to crown the new divisional champion to succeed Gegard Mousasi, who vacated the title upon moving up to light heavyweight. According to previous announcements, the heavyweight champion will be determined in a title match for which DREAM will hand-pick the contestants.

Stay tuned to MMAmania for announcements regarding upcoming DREAM events as they become available.

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