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Kenny Powers
05-25-2011, 04:58 PM
Yusaku Nakamura has replaced Darren Uenoyama at Sunday's "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan" event.

Officials announced overnight that an injury forced Uenoyama (6-3 MMA, 0-1 DREAM) off the card.

Nakamura (3-0 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) now replaces Uenoyama's original opponent, Atsushi Yamamoto (14-6-1 MMA, 1-1 DREAM), in the opening round of the eight-man Japan bantamweight grand prix.

The first and second rounds of the tournament take place at the event, which is slated for Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. It's not expected to air live in North America.

The final round (and third-place fight) of the tourney are scheduled for July. The top-three finishers in the tournament secure slots in a planned DREAM world bantamweight grand prix later this year.

Nakamura, who's previously competed for the Japanese-based DEEP organization, owns three knockout wins during his 17-month career. He now meets seven-year Pancrase and Shooto vet Yamamoto, who's won three of his past four, including a decision victory over Hideo Tokoro at DREAM.6.



Updated fight card:

Bantamweight Tournament

Masakazu Imanari vs. Keisuke Fujiwara
Hideo Tokoro vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Kenji Osawa vs. Takafumi Otsuka
Yusaku Nakamura vs. Atsushi Yamamoto

Nakamura/Yamamoto winner vs. Maeda/Tokoro winner
Fujiwara/Imanari winner vs. Osawa/Otsuka winner

Non-Tournament Fights

Shinya Aoki vs. Rich Clementi
Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Takeshi Inoue vs. Koichiro Matsumoto
Caol Uno vs. Akiyo Nishiura
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Daisuke Nakamura