It will be an 8 man GP, starting with the DREAM 8 card in April. With the Monma/Ikemoto winner confirmed and Andre Galvao looking like a safe bet, the field is looking pretty good at the halfway point.
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FEG have announced today that Shinya Aoki will indeed move up to welterweight and compete in this year's GP. They have also confirmed that Hayato "Mach" Sakurai will compete in that GP.
The DEEP 40 fight between Hidetaka Monma and DEEP champion Seichi Ikemoto will be a GP qualifier.
Also participating in a non-GP fight will be the always popular Ikuhisa Minowa.
Welterweight GP Participants:
Shinya Aoki 19-3-0
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai 34-8-2
Winner of Hidetaka Monma vs. Seichi Ikemoto
Ikuhisa Minowa 41-29-8
Andre Galvao In DREAM GP?! « Nightmare Of BattleAndre Galvao In DREAM GP?!
•February 10, 2009 •
In an exclusive interview with Tatame, Andre Galvao reveals that it is 90% certain that he will participate in the DREAM Welterweight GP which starts in April. Galvao won gold in the Medium Heavyweight division and bronze in the Absolute divison in the BJJ Worlds 2008. He made his MMA debut last year against veteran Jeremiah Metcalf. Galvao won via armbar in the second round after a tough fight. He then defeated Mikey Gomez, again via armbar, in December of 2008.