Dream.17 Full fight card and predictions

Dream 17  is scheduled to take place on September 24, 2011 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Did you just read that? I said Dream.17 is going on Saturday morning at 3am on HDnet. Wonderful is what that is, wonderful. We get to watch, Strikeforce (Friday night), UFC 135, Bellator 51 and Dream.17 all on wonderful Saturday. If you haven’t noticed the impact UFC’s move to Fox is having on the MMA landscape, you my friend are not paying attention.

How can you not be excited aobut Sakuraba, Gerald Harris, Banuelos, Bibiano Fernandes, Imanari, Kawajiri, Aoki, McCullough, Inoue, Caol Uno, Willamy Freire and Minowa man! That’s just a partial list of the fighters scheduled for the wee hours of the morning.

Sadly, the light went away before I could film my Car Predictions, so. As usual, my predictions are in green. Enjoy.

Welterweight bout: Japan Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Brazil Yan Cabral

Kazushi Sakuraba is quite possibly one of the 3 greatest MMA fighters of all time. That’s not just hyperbole, it’s fact. Check into it. Sadly, Saku has gone 2 for 5 in his last 7 fights. It’s probably, no, it’s time for him to retire. He won’t though, he’s a fighter in every sense of the word. Yan Cabral is an undefeated Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist. The type of fighter Saku in his heyday would dismantle and submit. I don’t expect Saku to step in and win, I do expect him to put in a good losing battle. If you’ve never seen Saku, you should watch, I’m not sure how many more bouts he has in him. Yan Cabral.
Middleweight bout: Japan Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. United States Gerald Harris

Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout: Japan Hideo Tokoro vs. United States Antonio Banuelos

Antonio Banuelos 
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout: Brazil Bibiano Fernandes vs. Japan Takafumi Otsuka

Bibiano Fernandes 
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout: Japan Masakazu Imanari vs. United States Abel Cullum
Masakazu Imanari 
Bantamweight Tournament Quarterfinal bout: Brazil Rodolfo Marques vs. Russia Yusup Saadulaev
Rodolfo Marques 
Featherweight bout: Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Norway Joachim Hansen
Joachim Hansen
Lightweight bout: Japan Shinya Aoki vs. United States Rob McCullough

Shinya Aoki (I’m hoping for Rob McCullough to pull out a big win)
Lightweight bout: Japan Satoru Kitaoka vs. Brazil Willamy Freire

Willamy Freire
Featherweight bout: Japan Takeshi Inoue vs. Japan Caol Uno

Caol Uno 
Open-weight bout: Japan Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Mongolia Baru Harn
Minowa Man