FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned through an unnamed source that Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen is expected to fight at DREAM.5 on Monday, July 21 in a Lightweight Grand Prix tournament reserve match.
While an opponent has not been confirmed for Hansen, sources have also indicated that he is likely to face Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill.
DREAM.5 is scheduled to emanate from Osaka, Japan at Osakajo Hall and will feature the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Semifinals and Finals. Semifinal matchups between Shinya Aoki vs. Caol Uno and Eddie Alvarez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri have been set, with the winners of each bout fighting each other the same night in the tournament final.
As the tournament’s reserve match, the winner of the expected Hansen vs. Gill matchup would likely move onto the final in the event that a semifinal winner was injured and unable to continue.
Hansen, 17-7-1, according to Sherdog’s fight finder, was eliminated from the tournament after dropping a unanimous decision to Alvarez during the Grand Prix’s second round at DREAM.3 on May 11, in what many critics consider to be a candidate for “Fight of the Year.” Hansen advanced past the first round at DREAM.1 this past March when he recorded a unanimous decision over Kotetsu Boku.
Gill is 9-7 according to Sherdog and was eliminated from the first round of the tournament after losing in a unanimous decision to current semifinalist Kawajiri. In addition to DREAM, Gill has also competed for K-1 HERO’s, BodogFIGHT, Shooto and TKO.
In addition to the completion of the Lightweight Grand Prix, a non-tournament match between Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Joe Benavidez is also planned for DREAM.5. Middleweights Yoshihiro Akiyama and Denis Kang are rumored for the card as well, in separate bouts.