I know we’re all concentrating on the task at hand: getting through roughly 8 hours of MMA tonight. But don’t forget that DREAM.5 is happening on Monday! Despite half the card changing over the past two weeks, there’s still the lightweight grand prix finals and K-1 has finally sorted out an opponent for Mark Hunt: Alistair Overeem.
Overeem, a veteran Dutch kickboxer, was victorious over Tae Hyun Lee (1-2-0) at Dream 4 in June. He holds notable wins over Vitor Belfort (16-8-0) and Paul Buentello (25-10-0), both of whom will be competing at Affliction: Banned this Saturday. The seasoned Pride Fighting Championships star looks to extend his winning streak to three in a row against another fighter who is no stranger to the defunct Japanese promotion.
While Hunt may only have eight fights under his belt, he holds wins over some of the most established names in the sport, including Wanderlei Silva (32-8-1) and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic (23-6-2). Since then, however, Hunt has been on a two-fight losing streak, last suffering defeat at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko (27-1-0, 1 NC) and Josh Barnett (25-5-0), two top-five ranked heavyweight fighters. In his first appearance for the Dream promotion, Hunt looks to rebound when he takes on “Demolition Man” at Osaka Castle Hall.
I’m glad to see DREAM managed to get someone good. Typically when a fight is left till the last second like this, some Japanese dude with a mediocre record usually ends up getting shoved into the role of sacrificial lamb. The best part of this booking is that both guys can bang, and Overeem has a reputation for winning / losing in spectacular fashion.