Minowa-Harn Tacked onto Saturday’s Dream 17 Card
With only four days left until Dream 17
a bout between Japanese fan-favorite Ikuhisa
and Mongolian wrestler Baru Harn
been added to the event’s bill.
Dream officials announced the matchup Tuesday, slotting the
openweight contest as the evening’s opening fight.
The show, which takes place Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in
Saitama, Japan, will be headlined by a non-title tilt between Dream
lightweight ace Shinya Aoki
and former World Extreme Cagefighting titleholder “Razor” Rob
The newly added bout will mark the big-stage return of “Minowaman”
following a pair of wins on the Japanese regional circuit. Minowa
(Pictured) embarked on a surprising campaign to win Dream’s Super
Hulk tournament in 2009, most impressively punching out Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou, but faltered in subsequent fights against
Olympic judokas Satoshi
Ishii and Hiroshi
Izumi. On Saturday, the 35-year-old Pride veteran will shoot
for his 50th career victory.
The brother of dismissed former sumo Hoshikaze, Harn also comes
from a sumo background, winning Mongolian national titles in 2002
and 2007. Of late, the 33-year-old has turned his eye to
pro-wrestling, appearing in Antonio Inoki’s Inoki Genome
Federation. Harn has only two MMA bouts to his credit, a 2008 loss
to then-Deep champion Yusuke
Kawaguchi and an April 2010 victory over Seigo
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