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DREAM Books MMA Specific Event for Saitama Super Arena in May
Masaki Hasegawa recently stated on his KoubudoTV video show that DREAM has officially booked the Saitama Super Arena for another event. According to Hasegawa, the event will take place on its own accord and will not have a kickboxing component to it...
DREAM.18 adds Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Michihiro Omigawa to year-end event
Former top-ranked lightweight Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri (31-7-2) will meet big-show vet Michihiro Omigawa (13-12-1) in a featherweight bout later this month. Officials today announced the bout as part of the "DREAM.18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year's Eve Special" event. DREAM.18, which features both MMA bouts and the "GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam" kickboxing tournament, takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Shinya Aoki and Antonio McKee headline the MMA portion of the card. Plans for a possible broadcast in North America have not yet been announced.
Asian MMA: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Yoshiro Maeda, Melvin Manhoef vs. Denis Kang added to DREAM-GLORY NYE Show
Two more MMA bouts have been added to the hybrid DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 card for New Year's Eve. As reported earlier, ONE FC star, and current DREAM bantamweight champ, Bibiano Fernandes is set to compete at the card following a newly formed partnership between ONE Fighting Championship and GLORY. Today his opponent was announced and the #6 ranked bantamweight will be facing current DEEP champion, Yoshiro Maeda. Fernandes is coming off a back and forth win against top Australian prospect, Gustavo Falciroli. Maeda on the other hand recently defended his DEEP title last August and will be looking for the upset against the talented Brazilian. The second fight that has been added to the card is between popular fighters, Melvin Manhoef and Denis Kang who are set to clash in a middleweight contest. Here's the card so far: DREAM.18 - GLORY 4 NYE Special 2012 December 31, 2012 -- Saitama Super Arena, Japan MMA Rules: - Bibiano Fernandes vs. Yoshiro Maeda - Tatsuya Kawajiri - Hiroyuki Takaya [DREAM FW Championship] - Satoru Kitaoka - Melvin Manhoef vs. Denis Kang - Phil Baroni vs. Hayato Sakurai - Shinya Aoki vs. Will Brooks* GLORY Grand Slam Tournament: - Semmy Schilt vs. Brice Guidon - Sergei Kharitonov vs. Rico Verhoeven - Gokhan Saki vs. Raomoru - Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Igor Jurkovic - Remy Bonjasky Filip Verlinden - Errol Zimmerman Jamal Ben Saddick - Peter Aerts vs. Mourad Bouzidi - Daniel Ghita vs. Fabiano Aoki * - Unconfirmed
Glory Combines Dream 18 and Heavyweight Grand Slam into Historic New Year’s Eve Event
The GLORY 4 Tokyo Heavyweight Grand Slam championship kickboxing event and DREAM 18 are merging to create one mega-night of world-class professional martial arts fighting on New Year's.
Glory 4 Event To Merge With Dream 18 On New Year's Eve
With Glory Sports International's recent decision to help Dream put on a New Year's Eve event, Glory has decided to move a planned December 2 card to be featured on Dream 18. Dream 18 is set for New Year's Eve from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The card will begin at 4 p.m. December 31 and run up until midnight, with several bouts expected to be announced in the coming days. "We are confident that the fans will see our good intentions to create the best possible show ever and once they see the details of the New Year's Eve show, they will be blown away," said Marcus Luer, managing director for GSI.
DREAM hosts Thursday press conference, New Year's Eve event expected in Japan
Perhaps the DREAM promotion still has some life to it. Inactive for the past 10 months, the Japanese promotion has announced it's hosting a Thursday press conference. There, officials are expected to announce an event for New Year's Eve, and DREAM featherweight champion Hiroyuki Takaya, veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri and former title challenger Satoru Kitaoka are scheduled to attend. The presser takes place in Tokyo at 6 p.m. local time (5 a.m. ET in the U.S.) and streams online. It's open to the public.
What Does the Future Hold for MMA in Japan?
With reports by AsainMMA.com saying that Japanese MMA promotion Dream’s parent company, Real Entertainment, has closed up shop, major MMA in Japan is at a crossroads right now. Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, AXS TV’s Hans Thompson said of Real Entertainment’s closing, “I don’t have exact numbers on how many staff, but they essentially haven’t had a staff for much of this year aside from a handful of individuals.” Thompson believes that Real Entertainment had kept Dream on life support as to not lose booking rights for one of Japan’s premier areas on one of its biggest entertainment days...
Report: DREAM parent company closes shop, effectively ending Japanese promotion
The DREAM era basically has been dead for months, but the final nail in the coffin likely has been pounded in. According to a report from AsianMMA.com, DREAM's remaining parent company, Real Entertainment Co. Ltd., has closed shop. And that appears to be the end of the Japanese promotion. DREAM's final event was held this past New Year's Eve at Saitama Super Arena, just north of Tokyo. The writing had been on the wall for DREAM for months after its other parent company, Fighting and Entertainment Group, filed for bankruptcy in May. Without FEG, and with no real plans for any events, Real Entertainment called it a day, as well. DREAM had hoped to become the new PRIDE for Japan, after PRIDE was purchased by Zuffa in March 2007. Many PRIDE executives formed DREAM about a year after Zuffa's purchase of the former MMA powerhouse promotion...
The Dream is Gone; Japanese MMA Promotion Runs Out of Viable Options
The writing was on the wall when Dream had to cancel its planned July mixed martial arts event in Japan, but it has become more and more evident that the follow-up to Pride is all but officially out of business. MMA-Japan.com early Sunday morning reported that Dream is “no longer a going concern,” and multiple MMAWeekly.com sources have confirmed that doors are closing on Dream. Pretty much all of the Real Entertainment (the company that operated Dream) staff have moved on to other endeavors, and the company has apparently stopped returning calls to nearly all of its fighters and their representatives, ceasing day-to-day operations.
ProElite to Partner With DREAM
ProElite and DREAM have entered into a partnership that will see fighter exchanges and possibly co-promoted shows. T. Jay Thompson, the head of fighter operations for ProElite, leaked the news while stopping by Tuesday's installment of The MMA Hour. "We will be partnering with DREAM not only with a fighter exchange program," Thompson told host Ariel Helwani. "But some serious talks about bringing DREAM to the U.S. and bring ProElite to Japan." "With the brain power and relationship between (ProElite matchmaker) Rich Chou and I, we're going to put on high-quality MMA cards," Thompson said. "And the matchmaking styles leads into some of these great Japanese fighters."
HDNet airs 'DREAM: New Year! 2011' live in its entirety
DREAM's ambitious year-end event, "DREAM: New Year! 2011," will air live in its entirety on HDNet. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently confirmed the plans with HDNet officials, who have set aside a nine-hour programming block to air the massive combat sports fight card. Headlined by a heavyweight matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Satishi Ishii, "DREAM: New Year! 2011" airs in North America at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, Dec. 31 (10 p.m. PT Friday evening, Dec. 30). A few additional bouts are expected to be added to the lineup in the next few days, but the current card includes: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii Ryo Chonan vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka (for lightweight title) Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno (mixed-rules bout) Champ Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (for featherweight title) Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata Rodolfo Marques Diniz vs. Bibiano Fernandes (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal) Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal) Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev (bantamweight grand-prix reserve match) Karla Benitez vs. Megumi Fujii Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts (pro-wrestling match) Atsushi Sawada and Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata (pro-wrestling match) Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki (pro-wrestling match) Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund (kickboxing match) Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda (kickboxing match) * A Tim Sylvia vs. Jerome Le Banner Pro Wrestling match has been announced today.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii headlines 'DREAM: New Year! 2011'
Fedor Emelianenko (32-4) is returning to Japan. A long-rumored bout between the former PRIDE heavyweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii (4-1-1) is expected to headline a New Year's Eve event in Japan featuring two DREAM title bouts and the completion of the DREAM bantamweight tournament. The full card for "DREAM: Fight for Japan: Genkidesuka!! Oomisoka!! 2011!" includes: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka (for lightweight title) Champ Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (for featherweight title) Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno (mixed-rules bout) Rodolfo Marques Diniz vs. Bibiano Fernandes (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal) Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal) Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev (bantamweight grand-prix reserve match) Ryo Chonan vs. Hayato Sakurai Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts (pro-wrestling match)
Tokoro, Saadulaev Booked for Dream Bantamweight GP Reserve Bout
Hideo Tokoro and Yusup Saadulaev were eliminated from Dream’s 2011 world bantamweight grand prix in September, but they aren’t out of the tournament picture just yet. Officials from the Japanese promotion Tuesday announced that fan-favorite Tokoro and once-beaten Saadulaev will meet on Dec. 31 in a bantamweight grand prix reserve match. In the event that the winner of one of the evening’s two semifinals -- Antonio Banuelos versus Masakazu Imanari and Bibiano Fernandes versus Rodolfo Marques Diniz -- is unable to continue, the winner of Tokoro-Saadulaev could be slotted into the tourney final. In addition to the bantamweight bouts, the 2011 iteration of Dream’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Saitama Super Arena will feature a featherweight title fight between champion Hiroyuki Takaya and former Shooto ace “Lion” Takeshi Inoue.
Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka In the Works for NYE, DREAM and ONE FC Finalize Partnership
After Shinya Aoki hinted that his opponent for DREAM's NYE event has already been selected, BloodyElbow.com reached out, and has exclusively confirmed DREAM's plans for their lightweight champion's next challenge. Sources close to the fighter tell us that Aoki's opponent will likely be former Sengoku lightweight champion and grand prix winner, Satoru Kitaoka.
'DREAM: New Year! 2011' adds Sakurai vs. Chonan, bantamweight grand-prix semis
A trio of bouts has been added to next month's year-end "DREAM: New Year! 2011" event. In a featured bout, Hayato Sakurai (35-12-2 MMA, 4-4 DREAM) takes on fellow welterweight veteran Ryo Chonan (20-12 MMA, 1-0 DREAM). Additionally, the final two rounds of this year's world bantamweight grand prix conclude with Bibiano Fernandes (9-3 MMA, 6-1 DREAM) vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz (14-1 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) and Antonio Banuelos (19-7 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) vs. Masakazu Imanari (24-9-2 MMA, 4-2 DREAM). The event takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the event will air on HDNet. However, it hasn't been decided if it'll air live or via delay.
Year-end 2011 DREAM event adds Takaya-Inoue title fight, Kawajiri-Miyata
DREAM officials today announced two fights for its annual year-end event, dubbed a mouthful as "DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011." (For simplicity's sake, we'll call it "DREAM: New Year! 2011.") Official MMA bouts includes DREAM featherweight champ Hiroyuki Takaya (16-9-1 MMA, 7-2 DREAM) vs. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (21-5 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) and featherweights Tatsuya Kawajiri (29-7-2 MMA, 9-2 DREAM) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (11-8 MMA, 4-2 DREAM). The event takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the event will air on HDNet. However, it hasn't been decided if it'll air live or via delay. In addition to MMA fights, the event is expected to feature K-1, kickboxing, pro-wrestling and other competitions as part of a stacked lineup.
DREAM Veteran Hong Man Choi Booked With Assaulting Female Customer
Seven-foot-two K-1 World GP in Seoul Champion and DREAM "Super Hulk" Hong Man Choi has been booked with assault following an October 8 altercation with a female customer at a bar he owns and operates in Seoul, South Korea. The alleged assault occurred when a female customer refused to pay a tab at Choi's bar which turned out to be more expensive than she had anticipated. Following an argument, the female patron claims that Choi punched her in the face.
Dream Champ Zaromskis to Face Carvalho in Sweden on Nov. 26
Dream welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis is set to face Swedish-based Brazilian Bruno Carvalho in Stockholm on Nov. 26 under the banner of Swedish promotion Rumble of the Kings. Sherdog.com confirmed news of the bout on Sunday following an initial report from Kimura.se.
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Gerald Harris vs. Kazuhiro Nakamura targeted for DREAM.17
Newly signed light-heavyweight Gerald Harris (18-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) and Japanese veteran Kazuhiro Nakamura (15-10 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) are penciled in for DREAM.17. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the matchup from sources close to the bout, who said verbal agreements are in place with contracts expected shortly. DREAM.17 takes place Sept. 24 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Although broadcast plans have yet to be announced, negotiations are underway between the promotion and previous U.S. television partner HDNet to possibly air the event.
Tatsuya Kawajiri Drops to Featherweight, Takes on Joachim Hansen on DREAM.17
He's already the #9 ranked lightweight in the USA Today / SBN consensus rankings, but he will soon be trying to crush guys in another division. He's done very well at lightweight, but after failing to wrest both the DREAM and Strikeforce lightweight titles, DREAM officials have announced today that Tatsuya Kawajiri will now look to take on new challenges as a featherweight. He will be making his debut against Joachim Hansen on September 24th, as part of the DREAM.17 card. This will be a rematch of their extremely quick and controversial bout back in 2006, when Kawajiri defended his Shooto welterweight (154 lbs.) title. DREAM.17 - September 24, 2011 - Saitama Super Arena, Japan Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Joachim Hansen Shinya Aoki vs. Rob McCullough Takeshi Inoue vs. Caol Uno Willamy Freire vs. Satoru Kitaoka