Japanese icon Kazushi
Sakuraba, less than three weeks after he submitted boxer
Williams, will lock horns with Zelg Galesic
at Dream 12 “The Cage of the Rising Sun” this Sunday at Osaka
Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The 40-year-old Pride Fighting
Championships veteran replaces an injured Melvin
In the twilight of his distinguished career, Sakuraba snapped a
two-fight losing streak when he submitted the debuting Williams
with a first-round kimura at Dream 11 on Oct. 6. He holds notable
victories against one-time UFC heavyweight titleholder Kevin
Randleman, UFC hall of famers Ken Shamrock and
Gracie and former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton
“Rampage” Jackson and Vitor Belfort.
Sakuraba has delivered 17 of his 24 career wins by submission.
Galesic, meanwhile, has not competed since he tapped out to a
“Jacare” Souza armbar in the Dream middleweight grand prix
semi-finals more than a year ago. The 30-year-old Croatian has
never gone the distance in 13 career bouts.
Spawned by the London Shootfighters camp, Zaromskis tore through
the Dream welterweight grand prix earlier this year, as he defeated
Ikemoto, Hayato “Mach”
Sakurai and Affliction veteran Jason High en
route to the title. The 29-year-old Lithuanian will carry a
four-fight winning streak into Dream 12.
Bae last competed in June, when he posted a unanimous decision
Tsukumo at Deep “42 Impact.” A veteran of the M-1 Challenge
circuit, he has not been finished in more than three years and has
won seven of his last eight fights.
Dream 12 “The Cage of the Rising Sun”
Sunday, Oct. 25
Osaka Castle Hall