Report: DREAM could be in trouble and risk of losing TV deal in Japan

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kastro_316
7/31/08 12:36:59PM
DreamFighters.com

Taniagwa Sadaharu FEG producer has hinted some major troubles over at DREAM. Taniagwa was quoted talking about the ratings for DREAM.5, and what needs to be done to make DREAm survive.
Twenty20Dollars
7/31/08 12:53:37PM
i dont get why dream 5 had low ratings, i thought it was pretty solid. Hope DREAM doesnt go under.
Rabi
7/31/08 1:06:27PM
If it does go under I hope the UFC try and sign up as many of the LW fighters as possible that took part in the GP.
Twenty20Dollars
7/31/08 1:20:39PM
yeah that would be nice if ufc would pick up some of those guys, but im sure some of those guys will be gunning for affliction.
Rabi
7/31/08 1:31:42PM
You are probably right but I would love to see some of those top guys in the UFC. The LW division in the UFC is so exciting IMO and some of those fighters being added would be awsome.
cmill21
7/31/08 1:39:31PM
Dream acctually had huge ratings for their 5th show. Not sure about this one.
bojangalz
7/31/08 2:32:32PM
Yeah, It was my understand that DREAM 5 when off big time. And with good reason too! I couldn't speak for the production value of the shows (cause I DVR them and skip to the fights), but DREAM has consistantly put out the most compelling, and fun to watch fight cards that I've seen outside of the UFC in the three or so years that I have been following this sport.

I really hope they make the turn here, because what they've done with the tourney format has been great. And the light weight grand prix was spectacular. I can't wait to see them establish their other weight classes with more tournements going forward.

WAR DREAM!
Rabi
7/31/08 2:34:15PM
Dream is just trying to be the new Pride, lets hope its managed better then Pride and has more direction then Pride.
telnights
7/31/08 3:46:30PM
Well cant say I'm shocked Dream is basically another Pride without a large part of prides talent pool. Pride was having major issue before they went under and it wasn't just because they lost their TV deal. They were having issues long before then. So I don't know how Dream thinks opening a company with basically the same basic layout and most of the same employees is going to go far. Its a lot of the same people that ran pride that are running dream. So you going to have some people still thinking their is a connection to the mob because you still have a lot of the same people. Plus Pride's ratings were dropping off like a rock before they lost their TV so I don't know what makes them think they could do better with even a smaller talent pool.
emfleek
7/31/08 4:02:09PM
I really hope they stick around.

I've enjoyed watching ALL of the Dream cards. I just can't stand that damned announcer they use.
ncordless
7/31/08 4:03:37PM
The last events numbers were pretty good, but overall this doesn't suprise me. The japanese MMA gold rush happened at the beginning of the decade, much like what is happening in the US now. MMA is not capturing the wider japanese public's imagination like it used to, and unless they can gain back what they've lost smaller scale shows are going to be the standard over there soon.

Scary thing is, I could see the same thing happening here in the next few years unless MMA can get a firm toehold in the american sports fan's mind.
Rabi
7/31/08 5:05:40PM
I think MMA in the States is safe. Japan MMA was built on freak fights. How many times can you watch Minowa (who is a great fighter IMO) against a big no skilled opponent.

American MMA is built on people working there way through the ranks and then fighting for a title.

Thats why Japanese MMA is in a rut and why American MMA is just getting better and better.
nastshabast
7/31/08 5:07:17PM

Posted by ncordless

The last events numbers were pretty good, but overall this doesn't suprise me. The japanese MMA gold rush happened at the beginning of the decade, much like what is happening in the US now. MMA is not capturing the wider japanese public's imagination like it used to, and unless they can gain back what they've lost smaller scale shows are going to be the standard over there soon.

Scary thing is, I could see the same thing happening here in the next few years unless MMA can get a firm toehold in the american sports fan's mind.



I think the grip is solid. There's no slowing down now.
Rabi
7/31/08 5:09:46PM

I think the grip is solid. There's no slowing down now.


Ill second that.
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