Kazushi Sakuraba will fight at Dream 17. | Photo: Daniel
Two new additions to the Dream 17
fight card have been announced by the promotion, making 10 bouts
now official for the Sept. 24 event.
Harris and Kazuhiro
Nakamura will collide at the show, as will welterweights
Sakuraba and Yan Cabral.
Also featuring the opening round of the promotion’s inaugural
bantamweight world grand prix, the show emanates from Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Harris, 31, was released by the
UFC last year following his first loss with the promotion.
Prior to his defeat at the hands of
Maiquel Falcao at UFC 123, Harris had posted three-straight
Octagon victories. Since his departure from the UFC, “Hurricane”
has gone 1-1, dropping a unanimous decision to James Head in
February before rebounding with a win over Anthony Ruiz
One year the elder of his opponent, Nakamura most recently
recovered from back-to-back defeats by winning two straight. The
Pride Fighting Championships veteran competed twice in 2010,
notching unanimous decisions over Hidehiko
Yoshida and Karl
Amoussou. The judo black belt holds 11 of his 15 career wins by
One of the pioneers of Japanese mixed martial arts, Sakuraba is
revered by many as one of the greatest fighters of all-time. The
face of Pride for many years, “The Gracie Hunter” is now in the
twilight of his career. The 42-year-old has been beaten in each of
his last three outings, falling to Ralek
Gracie, Jason “Mayhem”
Miller and Marius
Zaromskis last year. Sakuraba’s Dream 17 appearance will be his
first outing of 2011.
Cabral is undefeated through three-plus years as a professional,
Nova Uniao product has finished all nine of his conquered
opponents by submission. The Brazilian has fought the entirety of
his career in Europe, with the exception of a single appearance in
Shooto Brazil in 2008. The 28-year-old has made especially
effective use of the arm-triangle choke, with four of his victories
coming courtesy of the hold.