Sakurai-Zaromskis II Set For DREAM Bantamweight Tournament Final
By MATT MOLGAARD
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Just a few short years ago, Hayato â€œMachâ€ Sakurai looked to be reinventing himself in the world of mixed martial arts. A threat to any man competing at welterweight (or lighter), â€œMachâ€ was considered a fading fighter in 2004 after a series of frequent losses diminished the Japanese stars drawing power.
But a return to peak form just two years later had pundits singing a new tune, and victories over Mac Danzig, Kuniyoshi Hironaka and Shinya Aoki looked like solid proof that Sakurai was once again climbing the ranks and establishing himself as a danger to upper echelon opposition.
All that changed when a July, 2009 knockout loss to Marius Zaromskis triggered a four fight skid for the popular Japanese product.
Now, two years later, Sakurai will be afforded the opportunity to avenge that loss, and put himself right back into the mix of the Japanese welterweight landscape, as the two will meet in a highly anticipated rematch on July 16th at Dreamâ€™s â€œFight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Tournament Finalâ€.
Check out the current fight lineup below.
DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship
-Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi
DREAM Featherweight Championship
-Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
DREAM Bantamweight Tournament Final
-Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Willamy Freire
-Marius Zaromskis vs. Hayato Sakurai
-Bruno Carvalho vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
-Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Kenji Osawa
-Todd Duffee vs. Nick Gaston
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