Today, Fighter Entertainment Group (FEG), the parent company of the popular Japanese MMA organization Dream, announced that WAMMA lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will be taking on Hayato Sakurai in the 1stRound of their first-ever Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament.
Aoki enters Dream.8 less than a month removed from his recent submission victory over American David Gardner in the 1stRound of their March 8th bout at Dream.7, which also served as the launching pad for the opening round of the promotion’s Featherweight Grand Prix.
Having bounced back and forth between lightweight and welterweight in recent years, Sakurai most recently saw action on New Year’s Eve. He TKO’d Katsuyori Shibata in the 1stRound of their K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 bout at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Dream.8 will be held at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.