May 14, 2009

The brackets of Dream's Welterweight Grand Prix Final Round are set.

Jason High will face off with jiu-jitsu ace Andre Galvao at Dream 10 on July 20 at Saitama Super Arena. The news was confirmed Wednesday by a source close to the Affliction veteran.

The eight-man tournament is the second-to-last weight class featured in the promotion's tournament focus, and will be followed by a "Super Hulk" open-weight tournament on May 26 featuring several inherently Japanese matchups.

After a devastating knockout loss to Jay Hieron at Affliction Day of Reckoning, High signed with the Japanese promotion and dispatched Yuya Shirai by submission in under a minute at Dream 8, the tournament's first round, last month. The victory improved High's professional record to 7-1.

Galvao made his Dream debut as well, submitting veteran John Alessio by armbar late in the first round, giving the Mundial champ his third MMA victory since arriving last August.

Hayato Sakurai, fresh off an upset victory over Shinya Aoki in the tournament's opening round, will be a significant favorite heading into the finals. He has suffered only one loss in six fights since the fall of Pride, and carries a professional record of 35-8-2. He will face Marius Zaromskis in the other semi-final pairing.

Zaromskis defeated Seichi Ikemoto by unanimous decision to earn his berth in the semi-finals. A veteran of Cage Rage, he has a 9-2 record as a professional.

A rubber match between submission star Aoki and Lightweight Grand Prix winner Joachim Hansen is also confirmed for the summer event, according to Dream officials.

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