The Dream Super Hulk open-weight tournament will resume at Dream.11
on Oct. 6 in Yokohama despite the absence of Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi
The promotion announced Wednesday for the semifinals that Hong Man Choi
(2-2) will face Ikuhisa Minowa
(42-30-8) and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
(6-4) will receive an opponent to be determined because Mousasi has withdrawn due to an injury to his left shoulder.
Minowa vs. Choi makes sense as Minowa has built a reputation around fighting opponents heavier and bigger than him, and in this case, Minowa, who weighs a little under 200 pounds, will go head-to-head against a 7-foot-2, 300-plus pounder.
Sokoudjou won in the opening round in May when he stopped kickboxer Jan Nortje at 2:30 of the first round. Sokoudjou caught flack for the victory though, for continuing to punch Nortje even after the referee had halted the bout.
Unlike the Featherweight GP, the Super Hulk tournament will be concluded on a different night, most likely on New Year's Eve.
DREAM has also added Gesias "JZ Calvan" Calvancante (14-3-1), a former top ten lightweight on a two-fight losing streak. Prior to the decision losses, Calvancante had only been dealt a loss only once in his 17-fight career. The American Top Team product will tangle with Daisuke Nakamura (20-10), who is coming off a win two weeks ago at M-1 Breakthrough.Fight Card:
Winner of Takaya-Tokoro vs. Winner of Warren-Fernandes (Featherweight GP)
Joachim Hansen vs. Shinya Aoki
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Hideo Tokoro (Featherweight GP)
Joe Warren vs. Bibiano Fernandes (Featherweight GP)
DJ.Taiki vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (Featherweight GP Reserve)
JZ Calvan vs. Daisuke Nakamura
Hong Man Choi vs. Ikuhisa Minowa (Super Hulk)
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. TBA (Super Hulk)