“Mach” Sakurai Struggles to Make Weight for DREAM 10

Shawn SmithCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2009

It is a good thing for Japanese superstar Hayato Sakurai that Japan does not sanction the weigh-ins of mixed martial arts events as strictly as is done in the United States.

At the DREAM 10 weigh-ins which took place earlier today, Hayoto Sakurai missed weight with both his first…and second weigh-in attempts. 

Finally during the third attempt (nearly eight hours after the initial weigh-ins took place) Sakurai was able to make the necessary weight to compete in the tournament. 

All the rest of the fighters successfully weighed-in and tomorrow’s card is as follows: 

· Finals of the Welterweight Grand-Prix

· Shinya Aoki (153.6 lb./69.8 kg) vs. Vitor Ribeiro (153.8 lb./69.9 kg)

· Jesse Taylor (185.7 lb./84.4 kg) vs. Dong Sik Yoon (186.6 lb./84.8 kg)

· Paulo Filho (184.8 lb./84 kg) vs. Melvin Manhoef (184.4 lb./83.8 kg)

· Andre "Dida" Amade (154 lb./70 kg) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (154 lb./70 kg)

· Andre Galvao (167.2 lb./76 kg) vs. Jason High (167.2 lb./76 kg)+

· Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (167.2 lb./76 kg) vs. Marius Zaromskis (166.8 lb./75.8 kg)

· Tarec Saffiedine (166.8 lb./75.8 kg) vs. Ikemoto Seichi (166.8 lb./75.8 kg) (Tournament Reserve Bout)

For those with HDNET, don’t forget to tune in at 3 a.m (Eastern) for the live DREAM 10 event.