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Three Bouts added to DREAM 16

DREAM announced the addition of three featherweight bouts for the upcoming DREAM 16 event in Nagoya, Japan on Sept. 25, including several WEC veterans.

Former WEC 135-pound champion Chase Beebe (13-6) will face another former WEC combatant in Hiroyuki Takaya (13-8-1). Beebe recently stopped a five fight losing streak with a submission win over William Jochum, while Takaya stopped a two fight skid of his own by upsetting Joachim Hansen at DREAM 14 with a first-round KO.

Also, Cole Escovedo (16-5) makes his second appearance for the promotion — after winning his debut with a head kick knockout of Yoshihiro Maeda — against a revitalized Michihiro Omigawa (11-8-1).

Escovedo lost his last fight in July 9 under the Tachi Palace Fights banner to Michael McDonald. Before that, he’d won his first five fights since a three year layoff prompted by a staph infection that nearly brought his career to a halt. Omigawa, meanwhile, has bounced back from having a losing record to winning seven of his last eight, including a 4-1 mark for the Sengoku promotion.

The DREAM 16 card will also include a clash between former PRIDE fighter Mitsuhiro Ishida (19-6-1) and Akiyo Nishiura (11-5-1).

Rounding out the fight card are bouts between Shinya Aoki (19-5) and Marcus Aurelio (19-8), Gegard Mousasi (24-3-1) and Tatsuya Mizuno (8-5), Joachim Hansen (19-10-1) and Hideo Tokoro (26-22-1), and Takeshi Inoue (18-4) and Kazuyuki Miyata (9-7).

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