Kawajiri Possibly Returning To K-1
Coming off a win at DREAM 9 that has earned him a Lightweight title shot, Tatsuya Kawajiri may be headed back to K-1 for a second fight. Although not yet official, the plan is to have "Crusher" face K-1 star Masato in a Superfight on July 13 as part of the K-1 World Max 2009 Tournament Final 8 event. The K-1 vs. MMA concept was very popular with fans in Japan and parent company FEG liked the concept.
DREAM 11 Super Hulk Semi Finals chosen
The semifinal bouts for DREAM’s open weight tournament, which has been dubbed “Super Hulk,” were recently revealed during the Affliction: “Trilogy” press conference in New York City.
The fights are scheduled for DREAM 11 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, in September. No official date has been set at this time.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Gegard Mousasi confirmed for DREAM Super Hulk Tournament
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has recently been informed by sources close to the situation that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will be facing off with Gegard Mousasi in the next round of DREAM’s Super Hulk Tournament.
Sokoudjou rebounded from consecutive losses at the hands of Luiz Arthur Cane and Renato “Babalu” Sobral when he stopped the much larger Jan Nortge by TKO with a storm of punches in the first round of the DREAM Super Hulk Tournament .
DREAM 9 - RESULTS (SPOILERS)
I've found it surprisingly hard to find all of last night's results in one place, so here they are:
* Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza declared a no contest
* Joe Warren def. Norifumi "Kid Yamamoto via split decision
* Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakazu Iminari via unanimous decision
* Hiroyuki Takaya def. Yoshiro Maeda via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 9:40
* Hideo Tokoro def. Abel Cullum via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 1:37
* Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante via unanimous decision
* Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Hunt via submission (arm bar) - Round 1, 1:19
* Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Jan Nortje via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:29
* Hong Man Choi def. Jose Canseco via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:17
* Ikuhisa Minowa def. Bob Sapp via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 1:14
Aoki, Manhoef, Filho Among DREAM 10 Additions
During today's DREAM 9 event, several announcements were made regarding DREAM 10. Announced fighters for 10 included Shinya Aoki-who will not face DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen as was expected, former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho and his opponent-feared striker Melvin Manhoef. Also announced was current DEEP Lightweight Champion Katsunori Kikuno vs. Andre Amade.
Jose Canseco loses MMA debut
to not surprise, Canseco lost his MMA debut in Japan to Hong Man Choi. To sum it up, steroid head Canseco threw some silly punches and kicks until he knocked himself off balance and fell to the ground. Choi then jumped on him and started some G n P punching forcing Canseco to tap out due to fear at 76 seconds into the 1st round
I would like to see Canseco vs Fedor or someone who can just play with him and then literally knock his head off with 1 hit, or Cro Cop leg kick to shut Canseco up forever...but those guys are too good to even contemplate a fight with Canseco
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Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza: The DREAM middleweight title is coming home to Brazil
“I beat [Jason Miller] the first time, but I wasn’t satisfied with the result. This time I want to make a better fight. Impose my game and impose my rhythm. The most important thing to me is to put on a good fight. This time it’s for the belt. It’s going to come to Brazil. I’ve been training really hard since November. I had to stop last month to make sure I didn’t overtrain. I’m ready. If the fight were tomorrow, I’d be ready.”
Amade vs. Kikuno Added To DREAM 10
In what likely will be his first fight since recently winning the vacnant DEEP Lightweight Championship, Katsunori Kikuno will face Muay Thai fighter Andre Amade at DREAM 10 in July. Amade last fought in the K-1 World MAX Final 16, losing to Buakaw Pramuk.
Sean Sherk Would Like To See Shinya Aoki Take Off His (Stretchy) Pants
UFC Lightweight Sean Sherk thinks ranking systems like BloodyElbow's and others that rank fighters like Kenny Florian and Shinya Aoki ahead of him make no sense. As for Aoki, Sherk says he's got no boxing, no wrestling, nothing except those pants. So Sherk would like to see Aoki and others like him in UFC, where he can't wear the pants.
HDNet Changes DREAM 9 Start Time
HDNet has announced that their start time for the DREAM 9 broadcast has been pushed back 2 hours to 5 AM ET on May 26. It had been scheduled to start at the live event's start time, 3 AM ET. No reason given for the change.
Nortje: "Sokoudjou is Messing With the Real HWs now"
Sokoudjou stunned the MMA world by knocking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona but coming into this bout the fight favors you standing up and he has the advantage on the ground. Who are you training with at the moment to help you if the fight does hit the mat?
Nick Feketi was the silver medalist in the 2008 Olympics in heavyweight wrestling, he is helping me. Randy has some input as well and the gym is full of excellent wrestlers that also help so if we go to ground I should be good.
Gesias Cavalcante Interview
One of the best lightweight fighters of the world, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante is ready for his return to the rings. Thirst for fight, the American Top Team representative is scheduled to fight Tatsuya Kawajiri in the Dream 9, on May 26, Japan. Without stopping the trainings, Gesias talked with TATAME.com and guaranteed: is ready to return with victory. Check below the exclusive interview with the fighter, who also commented about Shynia Aoki’s loss to Hayato Sakurai at Dream welterweight tournament, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro’s return at Dream, the title fight between his team mate Thiago Alves and Georges St. Pierre and much more.
DREAM 10: WWGP Semifinals Set, Aoki-Hansen Confirmed
Sources close to Affliction fighter Jason High, who is continuing on in the DREAM Welterweight GP, confirm that the brackets for the GP semifinals at DREAM 10 in July are now set. High will face Andre Galvao in one match while tournament favorite Hayato Sakurai will face Marius Zaromskis in the other match. DREAM oficials also confirmed the rumored fight between WAMMA Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki and DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen, which is expected to be for the DREAM title.