DREAM Fight For Japan: Bantamweight Japan Grand Prix Finals got one new match and one alteration on Wednesday as the promotion announced that former Shooto champ Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire
has suffered a hand injury and so has been forced out of his anticipated July 16 matchup with recent Strikeforce lightweight challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri
. Stepping in to face Kawajri on 11 days notice will be 55-fight veteran Drew Fickett
The 31-year old Fickett, who holds notable wins over Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian and Kurt Pellegrino, will be looking to rebound from a June 10 TKO loss to Sengoku and MFC veteran Brian Cobb while Kawajiri will seek to erase memories of his one-sided beating at the hands of Strikeforce ace Gilbert Melendez.
Also added to DREAM's second event of the year, local favorite and DREAM Light Heavyweight GP finalist Tatsuya Mizuno will attempt to snap a two-fight losing streak when he squares off with MFC and Shark Fights light heavyweight champion Trevor Prangley.
The July 16 "Fight for Japan" charity event, originally titled DREAM.17, is also set to feature Gegard Mousasi and Hiroyuki Takaya defending their DREAM belts against Hiroshi Izumi and Kazuyuki Miyata respectively while Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro will square off in the finals of the Bantamweight Japan GP. The full card is after the break.
DREAM - Fight For Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament FinalJuly 16 at Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JapanDREAM Light Heavyweight Championship
Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi IzumiDREAM Featherweight Championship
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazuyuki MiyataBantamweight Japan Tournament Final
Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo TokoroBantamweight Japan Tournament Third Place
Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Kenji Osawa
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Drew Fickett
Tatsuya Mizuno vs. Trevor Prangley
Marius Zaromskis vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai
Todd Duffee vs. Nick Gaston
Eiji Mitsuoka vs. Bruno Carvalho