DREAM officially announced the second round matchups for their lightweight tournament at DREAM 3 as well as a rematch between Gesias “JZ” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki to take place at DREAM 2 just two weeks prior to DREAM 3. The first fight between the two was ruled a no contest after JZ allegedly landed illegal elbows to the back of Aoki’s head/neck area. Upon review of the replay the elbows look completely legal to me, but what do I know. Anyways, instead of DQ’ing Calvancante, they ruled it a no contest and here we are with a rematch, something I think we all wanted to see.
The winner of that fight will take on Katsuhiko Nagata, the Olympic silver medalist at DREAM 3. There are also some other great matchups for the second round of the tournament and they are as follows:
DREAM 3 @ Saitama Super Arena
May 11. 2008
Lightweight Grand Prix Second Round:
- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luis Buscape
- Joachim Hansen vs. Eddie Alvarez
- Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Caol Uno
- Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Winner of Aoki/Calvancante
I am especially excited about the Hansen vs. Alvarez fight as well as Ishida vs. Uno. It will also be interesting to see if Kawajiri returns to form after what I would call a poor showing at DREAM 1.