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DREAM 15: Nick Diaz vs Hayato Sakurai booked for May 30 in Saitama


Fresh off his welterweight whooping of Marius Zaromskis back on January 30, Strikeforce 170-pound Champion Nick Diaz (21-7) is looking to add the chin of another DREAM star to his collection when he battles Hayato Sakurai (35-10-2) at the DREAM 15 event from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on May 30. confirmed the booking earlier today.

Diaz has been unstoppable since his Strikeforce debut back in 2009. After making a mockery of Frank Shamrock last April, the foul mouthed fight monger went on to dispose of Scott Smith and the aforementioned Zaromskis.

His win over "The Whitemare" nabbed him the vacant welterweight title and pushed his winning streak to six -- with all six ending by way of TKO or submission.

Sakurai may have the home field advantage, but he's definitely got his work cut out for him.

While "Mach" has been in the fight game nearly 15 years, he's currently on a two-fight skid, dropping a submission loss to Akihiro Gono at K-1 "Power of Courage" on New Year's Eve after getting obliterated by Marius Zaromskis at DREAM 10 back in July.

Still, the Japanese mixed martial arts pillar is a well rounded veteran who's fought some of the biggest names in the sport and should be considered a handful for anyone, including Diaz.

DREAM 15 is expected to host the opening round of the promotion's light-heavyweight tournament featuring Gegard Mousasi, Renato Sobral, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and Christian M'Pumbu.

Stay tuned to for more updates on this upcoming fight card as they develop.

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