The crew at MiddleEasy.com has learned from HDNet CEO Andrew Simon that MTV’s Bully Beatdown host Jason “Mayhem” Miller and “The Gracie Hunter” Kazushi Sakuraba will be squaring off this September 25th at the upcoming DREAM 16 fight card. Matchups between Joe Warren and Michihiro Omigawa and also Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno were also announced for the upcoming card.
Jason Miller had been campaigning for a fight with Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz following a post-fight brawl that occurred between the two fighters (and a few more) at Strikeforce: Nashville this past April. Instead Diaz will be rematching KJ Noons and Miller will be taking on Japanese MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba. A veteran of thirty professional MMA fights, Miller has spent time in the cage with the likes of UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre, Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Jake Shields, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Frank Trigg and Chael Sonnen and holds notable wins over Kennedy, Denis Kang, and Robbie Lawler. He most recently appeared in action at Strikeforce: Nashville where he earned a win over Tim Stout.
Kazushi Sakuraba is a beloved MMA fighter famous for his gutsy performances in Pride Fighting Championships’ heyday. Holding a professional record of 26-13-1, Sakuraba is one of the most well-established veterans still competing in MMA. He has been in the cage with some of the best fighters in the world including Wanderlei Silva (3x), Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Ricardo Arona, Royce Gracie and Melvin Manhoef. He holds notable wins over Vitor Belfort, Carlos Newton, Royler, Royce, Ryan and Renzo Gracie, Ken Shamrock and Kevin Randleman. The Japanese fighter is 2-3 in his last five fights and will be looking to rebound from a recent unanimous decision loss to Ralek Gracie.
DREAM 16 is going down this September 25th in Nagoya, Japan. The fight card will be broadcast live via HDNet and will feature the finals match of the promotion’s Light Heavyweight Grand Prix between Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno; the winner of that bout will be crowned the organization’s first ever Light Heavyweight Champion.