FEG Dream 8, which is slated to feature the beginnings of the promotions Welterweight tournament so far has three names attached to the event. According the promotions website, Shinya Aoki, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, and Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa will be competing. Also rumored for the tournament, according to japan-mma.com, is the winner of a DEEP 40 bout between Hidetaka Monma and Seichi Ikemoto.
Aoki recently defeated Eddie Alvarez in a highly anticipated Lightweight battle on New Year’s Eve. Sakurai, has had problems in the past with making weight for the the promotions 154 pound lightweight division, so a move to Welterweight seems more natural for him. Ikemoto is currently the DEEP champion.
“Minowaman”‘s scheduled bout will not be a part of the Welterweight tournament.