July 10th’s DREAM.15 is starting to come together and as usual promises of awesome fights from the past have slowly turned into disappointing realities in the now. Still cool: Shinya Aoki vs Kawajiri and JZ vs Katsunori Kikuno. Not happening: a heavyweight title fight for Alistair Overeem (DREAM can’t seem to book a decent heavyweight fight to save their lives), and much lamer than originally thought: the DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. It’s not really ‘Grand’ anymore, and here are the four (yes, only four) competitors in their first round fights:
- Gegard Mousasi vs Jake O’Brien
- Melvin Manhoef vs Tatsuya Mizuno (the can Crocop crushed in DREAM)
Yes, you read it right: blast from the past Jake ‘Blanket’ O’Brien – the wrestler so awful and boring the UFC used him to try and lay’n’pray Andrei Arlovski out of the UFC – is going to face off against Gegard Mousasi to see if Mousasi has been donning a singlet since his loss to King Mo and working on that no takedown defense problem. And Melvin Manhoef faces some guy who’s going to lose. Very compelling.