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11 participants announced for DREAM FWGP

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HEIWA DREAM.7 Featherweight GP 2009 1st Round
Date: March 8th, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan

Featherweight GP Participants:
Masakazu Imanari
Hiroyuki Takaya
Takafumi Otsuka
Hideo Tokoro
Wicky Akiyo
Atsushi Yamamoto
Bibiano Fernandes
Micah Miller
Chase Beebe
Joe Warren
Kim Jong Won
SHOJI/DJ.taiki


Post #1   2/5/09 9:57:44AM   

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I wouldn't be too certain about Beebe only because he's fighting at the 2/21 UWC event. That's roughly a 2-week turnaround.

Edit: Make the count 13. Junkie reports that both Shoji Maruyama & Daiki Hata have been added. I originally read somewhere that Maruyama & Hata were to face off at a DEEP event next week to determine who goes.

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Post #2   2/5/09 10:04:07AM   

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I will be rooting for "the leg mangler", "the knee bar master", "the ankle twister champion", "the heel hooker"!..or wait...ummm..I dont know about that last name...haha..

WAR!!! Imanari !!!

Post #3   2/5/09 12:16:53PM   

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Rumor has it that Kid Yamamoto will get a first round bye, so it'd be a 15 man tournament. This is merely rumor though

Post #4   2/5/09 12:21:57PM   

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That is a pretty good GP right there. All the americans better be practicing their leg lock defense

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Post #5   2/5/09 12:33:29PM   

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Man I love tourney's, Go Dream!

Post #6   2/5/09 2:49:04PM   

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Still sad that Mishima won't be able to take part. WAR IMANARI!

Post #7   2/5/09 3:58:39PM   

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I'm pulling for Miller although its highly unlikely that he wins it.

Post #8   2/5/09 5:13:44PM   

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Chase Beebe all the WAY! I'm calling the upset here!

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maybe Kid wont be in this Grand Prix. He's been talking with Zuffa about possibly fighting here. Maybe FEG is mad at him for that. I actually hope Kid is popular enough to compete in both.

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Last I heard kid isnt competing in the first round because hes still recovering from his knee injury. He might get a bye though and fight in the second round.

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In a perfect world Faber and a couple of the guys in WEC could take part in this. But of course, that will never happen and i know its , but i can DREAM cant i?

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Well if UFC would be willing to even think about thinking about hooking up with WHAMO...I mean, WAMMA it could happen.

Also mentioned in an updated version of the article I read somewhere-a WWGP later this year. Expected to be built around Mach (Hayato Sakurai) but watch to see if Shinya Aoki moves up to WW for this GP, only a rumor now but could happen.

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I read that most of these fights will be on HDNet and that's is awesome. I don't know a great deal of these fighters but really look forward to MMA that's new to me.

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Posted by DCRage

Well if UFC would be willing to even think about thinking about hooking up with WHAMO...I mean, WAMMA it could happen.

Also mentioned in an updated version of the article I read somewhere-a WWGP later this year. Expected to be built around Mach (Hayato Sakurai) but watch to see if Shinya Aoki moves up to WW for this GP, only a rumor now but could happen.



If they do a WWGP, then Aoki will surely be in it. He's a bigger draw than Mach.

It's not official, but it's more than a rumour considering it came from Tanigawa. The WWGP should start in April. In typical Japanese fashion I doubt we'll hear anything about it until March.

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