Yoshiro Maeda vs. Cole Escovedo Announced For DREAM 13
FEG held a press conference today in Japan to announce an additional fight for DREAM 13 on 3/22: Former WEC fighters Yoshiro Maeda and Cole Escovedo will face off in a match of a former WEC Bamtamweight contender and the first WEC Featherweight Champion. DREAM also confirmed Josh Barnett participation on 3/22, but did not reveal his opponent although a rumor before the presser was that he could face Siala "Mighty Mo" Siliga (again, that is not confirmed).
Kiuma Kunioku Ready For Rebirth At 155 Pounds
With wins over Nate Marquardt, Frank Shamrock, Genki Sudo, and Yuki Kondo, you'd think that Kiuma Kunioku would be a household name to hardcore MMA fans, but truth be told the Japanese fighter has slipped under everybody's radar for far too long.
Tim Sylvia Off DREAM.13 Card, Looking at Pudzianowski, Sims Fights
With a fight falling through for the DREAM.13 event on March 22, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia is next looking to fight against Mariusz Pudzianowski on April 23 and Wes Sims on June 5, his manager confirmed to MMA Fighting.
Although not officially announced, Sylvia has been training to fight at DREAM.13, but it appears his Japan debut will have to wait. He was first offered Josh Barnett and declined. He agreed on an opponent, but bowed out Thursday when offered a different opponent.
Josh Barnett To DREAM, Could Debut 3/22
While he waits for the CSAC to eventually hear his drug test results appeal, Josh Barnett is headed back to Japan. He has signed with DREAM and could debut in the promotion on 3/22 at DREAM 13. No opponent named yet but it should be revealed in the coming days.
Dream 13: Nakahara ready for Ryo Chonan
Andrews Nakahara, one of the new promises of Brazilian MMA, is ready to another challenge on Japanese rings. After to debut with loss to the legend Kazushi Sakuraba and two knockout victories, the Brazilian is ready to face the Ryo Chonan at Dream 13, scheduled to March 22.
Jose Canseco admits he was ill-prepared for MMA debut, still angling for second chance
Former Major League Baseball great Jose Canseco (0-1) has often found himself as the center of a controversy.
And from steroid-use tell-all novels to "Celebrity Boxing" appearances, the 45-year-old Canseco has never been one to shy away from the spotlight.
Such was the case in 2009 when Canseco traded in his outfielder's glove for a pair of the four-ounce variety to face Hong Man Choi in DREAM's "Super Hulk" tourney. That effort didn't work out too well, but Canseco hopes fans will see that he's deserving of a second shot.
"I just wasn't ready," Canseco recently admitted to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "I had no business being in there. But you know what? I conquered my fears."
Chiefly among those fears was the massive frame of his opponent. While Canseco, at 6-foot-5, typically strikes an imposing figure, he looked tiny compared to the "Techno Goliath."
"The guy is 7-foot-2, 360 pounds," Canseco said. "That's one of the first times a guy has actually made me look small. It was amazing how big the guy was."
Canseco lasted just 77 seconds before submitting due to strikes. The former "Bash Brother" said there were several factors involved in his poor performance, and a series of torn muscles and strained ligaments in his knee certainly didn't help.
"Two or three days before the fight, I tried to say, 'You know what? My knee is really bad. I'm going to have a knee brace on. Why don't I just come down and be one of the announcers or talk about the fight or be there as one of the judges?'" Canseco said. "They said, 'No, no, no. We created this thing around you. You've got to come, and you've got to fight.' I said, 'Well, can I fight with a knee-brace on?' I could barely stand on it. They said, 'Yeah, you can fight however you want – with a knee-brace on, long pants.'
"Ironically enough, just before the fight actually happened, one of the rules guys checked my knee, and I had a metal knee-brace on. He took it off. I was like, 'They said I could fight with this on.' The judge said, 'No, no, no. You can't.' I had to take it off. I threw a kick right before that fight, and my knee went out of place."
Canseco said he elected to fight despite the injury, though his gameplan was admittedly limited.
"I think my gameplan was just not to get killed," Canseco admitted. "I said, 'Listen, either he's going to knock me out really fast, I'm going to try and knock him out right away, or my knee is going to give out.' I told myself, 'Go ahead and run away if I can land a solid punch.'
"People have to understand, he's a real giant. His skeletal structure is different than ours. He's 7-foot-2, 360 pounds. His face and his bone structure is so much denser than ours. I took a shot at him, and any guy my size would have gone down. I hit him decent, but I didn't get him solid enough to knock him off his feet. The man is incredible."
Despite the disappointing initial experience, Canseco has once again made waves by openly declaring his desire to face recent Strikeforce fighter and former football great Herschel Walker.
"I want to come back, and I think this is perfect timing," Canseco said. "We're both about the same age. I'm a little bit heavier than he is. We both have the same fighting experience. We both have the same martial arts background. And, of course, you've got football against baseball. This is perfect."
Of course, while Walker bordered on "Freak Show" status in the eyes of many MMA fans, the thought of Canseco giving it another run seems to border on absurd. However, Canseco believes the matchup is appealing.
"I have great respect for all the fighters, mixed martial arts and martial arts, in general," Canseco said. "I don't see why two ex-athletes who were great at their sport at one time, who follow martial arts, who respect martial arts greatly, can't go in there and do an incredible, entertaining fight.
"It's going to be about the closest, most realistic – same age, same shape, same sports background – I think it would be incredible just to find out who's the bad boy of sports."
Canseco has tried to prove the seriousness of his latest run at MMA by enlisting Cesar Gracie to train him. While that relationship is still in its infancy, Canseco sees the famed coach – and a clean bill of health – as his path to success.
"If the Gracie family would train me – and I met with them last week, and they seem pretty interested – I think it would be a great fight," Cnaseco said.
Whether or not Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker agrees remains to be seen. So far, the executive has seemed uninterested. But Canseco said he'll keep pushing, and this time, he promises to deliver.
"I'm willing to train under the Gracie family or whomever would train me," Canseco said. "I'm willing to put in the time and sacrifice the hours and put up a good fight.
"I don't want to go into the MMA world with Strikeforce and embarrass anybody. ... I will not fight under the Strikeforce banner unless I am completely trained."
Dream Press conference announces 4 fights among other things
Minowaman vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Andre Dida vs. KJ Noons (really happy to see kj knocked out again)
Ryo Chonan vs. Andrews Nakahara
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
In 2010 they will crown Heavyweight, Light Heavyweight, and Middleweight Champions.
Bibiano Fernandez vs. Joachim Hansen is the first official bout for DREAM 13.
DREAM 14 confirmed for April in South Korea.
Following DREAM 13, there are a total of six events scheduled for the year, in April, May, July, September, October, and December.
DREAM will hold the second installment of the caged fight card in 2010.
A light heavyweight tournament featuring the Strikeforce champion, Gegard Mousasi, is expected to kick off in May with eight or sixteen participants.
A middleweight tourney is also on tap to fill the throne vacated by Mousasi.
Heavyweight title will be crowned in a title bout between two opponents handpicked by DREAM: Sasahara hinted strongly that Alistair Overeem will be one of the contenders.
Sasahara mentioned Strikeforce mainstays, Gilbert Melendez, Josh Thomson, and Robbie Lawler as some of the fighters he would like to court for appearance in DREAM.
DREAM lightweight title bout between the reigning champion, Shinya Aoki, and top contender, Tatsuya Kawajiri, will not happen until May or July
Rumors About Fedor Emelianenko Fighting Alistair Overeem Mounting As Strikeforce Does Nothing to Clarify
that Strikeforce will run an event in Nashville, Tennessee on 4/17 with Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson as the main event, along with Bobby Lashley (and Herschel Walker?) on the fight card. Fedor is not expected to appear at the event.
Henderson vs. Shields should be fine and I don't see how Fedor on the fight card would have been a huge plus. Sure, it would be nice to see him fight Alistair Overeem, but I've always counted on that fight happening in DREAM because of the amount of money that K-1 could put up to make that fight happen. A suggestion perhaps - have the fight happen in Japan on the same day as a Strikeforce CBS event and just air the taped fight on the CBS telecast that same day.
Dream Lightweights Headed To StrikeForce
When Gilbert Melendez defeated Josh Thomson to win the Strikeforce lightweight title, the announcement was made that same night that the idea for his next opponent was for top ranked Japanese fighter Shinya Aoki to come stateside and fight for the belt.
Marius Zaromskis vs. Kiyoshi Tamura Possible For DREAM 13
Although the fight happening largely depends on how Marius Zaromskis comes out of tonight's Strikeforce event, DREAM appears close to making Zaromskis vs. Kiyoshi Tamura for the DREAM Welterweight Championship at DREAM 13. But if Zaromskis gets seriously injured tonight, the fight is likely off.
Fernandes vs. Hansen title fight set for DREAM.13; Chonan slotted for March 22 card
As expected, Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen (19-8-1 MMA, 3-2 DREAM) is dropping a weight class to fight DREAM featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes (7-2 MMA, 4-0 DREAM) in March at DREAM.13.DREAM officials today confirmed the previously reported matchup, and PRIDE/UFC veteran Ryo Chonan (16-10 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) was also named an event competitor.DREAM.13 takes place at the 17,000-seat Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, and is expected to air in North America on HDNet.
DREAM Unveils Tentative 2010 Schedule
With DREAM.13 officially announced for March 22, the Japanese-based promotion today unveiled plans for the rest of the 2010 DREAM schedule, which includes a possible event in South Korea and a traditional New Year Eve's show. Although an official date has been set only for DREAM.13, DREAM officials expect additional events in April, May, July, September, October and December. A Light Heavyweight GP is planned this year to crown a champion in that division, and it could include former DREAM MW Champion Gegard Mousasi. December's event will be the annual Dynamite!! NYE blowout show.
DREAM 13 Announced For 3/22
FEG has announced that DREAM 13 will take place on 3/22 at Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Although no fights were confirmed, it's expected that DREAM Featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes vs. Joachim Hansen for the title will be the main event, and Murilo Rua has told the TATAME website he may participate in the event.
Hellboy Drops To Challenge For Dream Title
Former Shooto welterweight champion and first-ever Dream lightweight champion Joachim Hansen is expected to move down to featherweight to challenger current Dream featherweight titleholder Bibiano Fernandes.MMAWeekly.com sources on Monday independently confirmed the bout’s probability. It was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Shinya Aoki Relieved of Teaching Duties
Shinya Aoki has been removed as an instructor at the Paraestra Tokyo in Japan for his antics following his win on New Year's Eve at Dynamite!! 2009.
Yuki Nakai, the general manager of Paraestra, announced Aoki's dismissal on the gym's website and apologized on behalf of the camp for anyone's discomfort from watching Aoki's "inappropriate behavior."
The Day Ray Sefo Nearly FoughtUbereem At A Breakfast Buffet
Remember that one time when Ubereem got directly in your line of vision at a breakfast buffet to call you out but then you got right back in his face and challenged him to a fight? If you remember that, I really want to meet you. You probably trying to pull an Artie Lange. Check out this account of some beef between Ray Sefo and Ubereem held entirely at a breakfast buffet in Tokyo.
PUNCHDRUNKGAMER'S BEST OF 2009 AWARDS
PUNCHDRUNKGAMER'S BEST OF 2009 AWARDS
Event of the Year
UFC 100 (July 11, 2009)
Mid-year the UFC put on their 100th numbered event which featured two championship bouts, a knockout of the year candidate, and wars and upsets.
In the main event Brock Lesnar used size, power, and technique to shut down Frank Mir's half-guard and pounded out a second round stoppage. Right alongside the heavyweight title bout was Georges St. Pierre's one-sided decision over top contender Thiago Alves. St. Pierre utilized striking to set up takedowns and used superior wrestling to keep his Muay Thai based opponent on his back.
UFC 100 also featured Dan Henderson's bomb on the chin of Michael Bisping which was followed up but the highly debated tomahawk to a dreaming Bisping. Jon Fitch ground out a decision to avenge teammate Josh Koscheck against Paulo Thiago, Jim Miller stepped up and defeated TUF winner Mac Danzig, hall of famer Mark Coleman outworked TUF finalist Stephan Bonnar, Yoshihiro Akiyama battled Alan Belcher in a stand-up war, Dong Hyun Kim upset T.J. Grant, and Jon Jones submitted Jake O'Brien.