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Amsterdam 209 Arena
Bookmakers: The Vampire's Bank
Gabriel Arones (299196) 14-5 vs. Konstantin Sokolov (300739) 7-7
HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE COLLISION
Two rising stars in the DARE Heavyweight division will go toe to toe this Saturday for a chance for gold for the victor. Arones and Sokolov both have continued to show that they are rising stars destined for greatness, and it has finally come to this that they have to face each other in order to take the next step. Arones, is on a 4 fight win streak since arriving in DARE and recently won his biggest fight when he took a decision from former champion Larry Shreve Jr. Arones is a sub machine with 11 victories coming by submission, and although he has the ground specialty he can move and react well on his feet to counter good strikers with the ability to take them down. He is a grinder that instead of looking for a brawl, looks for implementing his strategy on his opponent making them play his game. By contrast Sokolov is also a ground fighter in his own right with a Russian Sambo background. He has won fights through all phases and has a 4-2 Tycoon World Grappling record as well. Don't let the 7-7 record fool you, he is on a 4 fight win streak as well, with the last 3 coming in the DARE organization. Truly a spectacle of a fight that will be one step closer to the belt for the winner.
Ryu "The Water Moccasin" Aokison(296494)14-10 vs.Xafan"Demon Hunter" Kong(297561) 12-3
Light Heavyweight Firebomb
Ryu has 8 submission victories, and is 3-2 in the DARE organization. Hailing from Japan, he boasts that he can submit most animals, although its not on record for he could possibly be arrested. He has shown flashes of ability, but has yet to snare a submission victory in DARE, winning by decisions and a tko. He is ranked at 1000 p4p and looks to show he can move up in rankings with the test of the Demon Hunter. Kong, an extremely brutal looking foe with a magnificent 12-3 record looks to finish Ryu and get noticed again for another title run. Kong 6-2 in DARE with losses only to champions has elite level striking, muay thai, and wrestling and he has won 8 fights by KO and has not lost once by ground submission. Ryu will have to be able to get kong to the ground and implement his animal submissions against a dangerous striker like Kong.
Dean "The Bounty Hunter" Wesson (293172) 18-9 vs. George Salvador (308017) 11-5
For the Middleweight Title
Wesson has taken over the division since Hall of Famer Razmig Grigorian vacated the title and moved to the GAMMA Organization. Wesson is a perfect 7-0 in DARE and looks to make his 2nd defense of the title. Wesson is extremely skilled in many primaries with elite level techniques. He has the gas tank to go deep and all but one of his victories in DARE have been by decision. Wesson trains in Vegas at Valhalla MMA and he and his team are looking to extending his streak to 8 with the Salvador fight. George Salvador, a former champion with the now defunct Tokyo Rage Fight Club is entering his 3rd fight with the promotion and is 2-1 in those fights. He gets his opportunity with a tremendous opponent. Salvador has shown that he can also go the distance and has also 9 KO's to his record. I would expect that Salvador has nothing to hold back in this fight and may go all out early to avoid a decision in the end.
Kvame "Brahma" Zulu (311722) 10-2 vs. Edmond Honda (309430) 12-5
HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE COLLISION #2
Zulu was supposed to fighting for the title vs. losefa Umaga, but unfortunately the top 100 P4P and top 10 Heavyweight went inactive and was thus stripped of the title leaving the door wide open for a new champion. Challenger fights have been conducted all summer to arrive at the top 2 Challengers. Zulu is taking on a less than rated opponent, but although not as perceived to be the top talent he is highly respected and ranked high and not afraid of opposition. Zulu should not take this fight lightly. Zulu is obviously the favorite with a 6 fight win streak since joining DARE and dispatching all but one of his foes by tko or spectacular ko. He is dangerous, he is brutal, he has lots of potential but if he wants that title shot he will have to get by Honda first. Honda is on a 4 fight winning streak, with 2 of those in DARE. He is an extremely popular fighter with a fearless attitude, he has 9 KO's and 3 submission victories and does have lots of fight experience, but most of his fights were in smaller organizations. Take it for what its worth, the winner will get to fight vs. the winner of Sokolov vs. Arones for the belt.
Other Notables on the Card
Buster Hymen (195199) 36-11-1 vs. "Cocky" Rocky McColgan (215739) 33-10
Two old dudes keepin the dream alive, both former champions, first meeting ever looking to extend their DARE records to 2-0 in the 265+ Division.
Aki "巨人" Hiko (299236) 11-3 vs. Toni "The Mountain" Eerkilaa (208412) 31-21
Another 265+ fight with implications as Hiko 3-1, 2-0 in has last 2 fights in DARE squares off with the older Mountain who is 1-0 in DARE.
Yuvraj "6x6 King" Singh (299691) 14-3 vs. Gattsu "Iron Fist" Emelianenko (297602) 10-5
265 lb Fight. Singh had a NC for his last fight which the oppoent went inactive and didn't meet the weight limit, while Emelianeko has won 3 of 4 fights in DARE with his only loss coming from rising star Zulu. Winner of this fight likely gets top ranked heavyweight newcomer Wesley "Cabbage" Correira (305194) 17-2-1 former EFA/Gladiators heavyweight champion in their next fight.
Preveiw done by : John Daugherty