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Dream 8: Olympia (Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round) is promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group and scheduled for April 5, 2009. Unlike DREAM’s past tournaments, the Welter Weight Grand Prix is only scheduled to have eight participants. DREAM’s welterweight division has a 76 kilograms (168 lb) weight limit.
4 Welterweight Grand Prix Bouts:
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (167.3 lbs) vs. Shinya Aoki (162 lbs)
Yuya Shirai (166.9) vs. Jason High (167.3)
Seichi Ikemoto (166.9) vs. Marius Zaromskis (166.4)
Andre Galvao (167.5) vs. John Alessio (167.5)
4 Featherweight Grand Prix Bouts:
Hideo Tokoro (138.5) vs. Daiki Hata (138.9)
4 Non-Tournament Bouts:
Sergei Kharitonov (256.8) vs. Jeff Monson (242.5)
Murilo “Ninja” Rua (194) vs. Riki Fukuda (194) *
Vitor Ribeiro (153.7) vs. Katsuhiko Nagata (154.3)
Andrews Nakahara (187.4) vs. Shungo Oyama (188.9)
Katsuyori Shibata (190) vs. Ikuhisa Minowa (191.8)
The middleweight bout between debuting Murilo Rua and Dong Sik Yoon was scrapped when Dong Sik Yoon was pulled from the card due to an unknown injury. He was replaced by Riki Fukuda. Fukuda couldn’t make the Middleweight limit on such a short notice so the match will be held at catchweight of 89kg.