Kawajiri-Cavalcante Set For DREAM 9, Title Shot For Winner
DREAM today has confirmed a fight between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante for DREAM 9 on May 26 as well as raising the stakes. The winner is in line for a title shot on 12/31 after a title fight between DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki at DREAM 10 in August. Aoki's WAMMA Lightweight Title likely will not be on the line.
Affliction/Dream Co-promotion Rumor is so crazy it's almost sane
Want to hear something totally insane and probably not true? That was a rhetorical question. Of course you want to hear this. According to a Croatian newspaper article translated for us by Robert of betwwx.com, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic’s next bout will be this July in an Affliction/Dream co-promotional event full of all kinds of fights that only sort of make sense.
look i dont know if this is a rumor only or could actually happen. take it for what its worth.
Mousasi Gives Up DREAM Title, Mayhem vs. Souza Possible For Title
According to the TATAME website, DREAM Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi has vacated the title to move up to Light Heavyweight. A determination fight has apparently been made for DREAM 9 to crown a new champion, and it could be Ronaldo Souza vs. Jason Miller. But it likely depends on how Miller comes out of his fight this weekend against Kala Kolohe Hose.
Mirko Cro Cop: Stop Giving Me Advice On When To Quit!
It would seem that all the people saying Mirko Cro Cop should quit or retire from MMA are really getting to him. He is now telling people to stop giving him advice on when he should quit fighting, and also believes his latest comeback will happen at DREAM 9 on May 26.
Galvao Returning To Strikeforce After DREAM Run
Although Andre Galvao currently has contracts with both DREAM & Strikeforce, his agent has announced that once Galvao's run in the DREAM Welterweight GP has ended he will return to Strikeforce. SF allowed Galvao to compete in the WWGP for DREAM even though he was under contract to SF. Galvao next fights July 20 at DREAM 10.
Yamamoto Enters DREAM FWGP
DREAM will not have the possible nightmare scenario unfold in the next round of the promotion's Featherweight GP-earlier today the promotion announced the next round's fights and they include the GP's meal ticket-Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. He received a first-round bye due to injuries but will be able to participate in the quarterfinals and will face Joe Warren.
Welterweight Grand Prix:
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai beat Shinya Aoki by first-round KO (knees)
Andre Galvao beat John Alessio by first-round submission (arm bar)
Jason High beat Yuya Shirai by first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Marius Zaromskis beat Seichi Ikemoto by unanimous decision
Featherweight Grand Prix:
Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata beat Hideo Tokoro by unanimous decision
Jeff Monson beat Sergei Kharitonov by first-round submission (north-south choke)
Katsuyori Shibata beat Ikuhisa Minowa by unanimous decision
Riki Fukuda beat Murilo Ninja Rua by unanimous decision
Andrews Nakahara beat Shungo Oyama by first-round TKO (strikes)
Vitor Ribeiro beat Katsuhiko Nagata by first-round TKO (cut)
Aoki Promises Groundbreaking Performance at Dream 8
“Tomorrow will be the end of the era dubbed ‘vale tudo,’ as sogo kakutogo (Japanese for mixed, unarmed martial arts combat) will become MMA. I will show you all a new kind of martial arts fighting.”
“Generations change is what I mean,” he added. “I’ll be 26 years old this year. I want to do my best to change the era and to be sure that [fighters of] my generation become leaders in MMA.”
Yoon Off DREAM 8, Replacement Search On
The familiar "nightmare" scenario is returning to haunt DREAM again at the last moment. Dong Sik Yoon, who was to have faced Murilo Rua on Sunday's event, is now off due to injury. They are trying to find a last-minute replacement for Rua, but for now the fight is no longer listed on DREAM's website.
Jacaré back in action at Dream 9
Few months after the middleweight tournament, Ronaldo “Jacaré” Souza will be back in action at Dream. According to the fighter, he’ll fight at Dream 9, which takes place in Japan on May 26th.
Overeem applauds Bonjasky for services to acting
On cue, Overeem's girlfriend Anne took to the stage to present a replica ‘Oscar’ statuette to a smiling Bonjasky.
Bonjasky did not miss a beat. "I will put this with all my trophies - the big ones! And Alistair, maybe you should stop the drugs, because you're also getting big. Bigger and bigger - even your clothes don't fit you any more!"
Overeem laughed. “I'm from Holland, everybody in Holland does drugs!"