Bellator Champion Alvarez May Get DREAM Fight
Although it won't come without something in return, Bellator is considering letting it's Lightweight Champion, Eddie Alvarez, fight at DREAM 12 on October 25 in Japan. According to the source, Bellator is currently waiting to see the fighter DREAM offers in exchange for Alvarez before signing off on the trade, which would likely see Alvarez face DEEP Lightweight Champion Katsunori Kikuno on 10/25.
Bob Sapp to face Sokoudjou at DREAM 11
Bob "The Beast" Sapp (16-5-1) will stand in for an injured Gegard Mousasi to face Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in the semifinals of Dream's Super Hulk Tournament Oct. 6 at Dream 11.
The fill-in is just one of four professional engagements Sapp said is either done or close to done on his immediate schedule. The day after his Dream booking, he is set for a kickboxing match against Alain "The Panther" Ngalani in Hong Kong. The weekend after that, he's working on an MMA fight in Texas that is "80 percent done." Then, in late October, he plans to go back to Korea for a pro wrestling engagement, with more globetrotting in the pipeline for November and December.
DREAM 11: Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante vs Daisuke Nakamura on Oct. 6
A lightweight tilt between Gesias Cavalcante (14-3-1) and Daisuke Nakamura (20-10) has been added to the upcoming DREAM 11 event from the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan on Oct. 6.
Cavalcante looks to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM 9. A two-time K-1 Hero’s champion, “JZ” has run into a rough patch as of late.
After incurring a decision loss to Shinya Aoki in the preliminary round of the Lightweight Grand Prix, he was forced to undergo surgery. Upon his scheduled return to competition on New Year’s Eve last year, he experienced an unexpected and demoralizing mishap.
Despite Previous Announcement, Miller Now Says Shields Fight Not Set
It seems that Jason Miller has been leaping before looking lately. Although he previously announced last month he was "set" to face Jake Shields for the Strikeforce Interim Middleweight Title, Miller now says it's not set yet. He still thinks it's likely but isn't finalized. He also believes the expected 3rd match with Ronaldo Souza for the DREAM Middleweight Championship later this year also isn't happening.
Yamamoto Taking Time Off For Training
It hasn't been a good 2009 for Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. Since returning from a knee injury that cost him all of 2008 he was upset by Joe Warren at DREAM 9 and then KO'd in a K-1 fight 2 months later. Last week, he announced at a press conference held in his gym that he plans to travel abroad for training. This means no potential fight at DREAM 11 or DREAM 12 as had been hoped for, but DREAM approved his training sabbatical. Kid hopes to train in either Thailand or the US west coast with plans to return to Japan by the end of the year, possibly fighting on the annual NYE blowout show.
Dream.11 likely to include Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto and Tatsuya Kawajiri
An already-stacked DREAM.11 card could have two notable additions.
According to an event posted recently released by the Japanese-based promotion, Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto (17-2) and Tatsuya Kawajiri (24-5-2) will apparently be part of the Oct. 6 card.
DREAM.11, which airs on HDNet in North American, takes place at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan, and features the semifinals and finales of both DREAM's featherweight grand prix and open-weight "Super Hulk" tournament.
Diaz Eyes Oct. Dream, Rep Meets With CSAC
While his re-licensure in California remains a work in progress, Nick Diaz is in talks to fight for Dream in October. Gracie said Sasahara expressed an interest in the outspoken 28-year-old facing Japanese legend Hayato Sakurai, but that talks were in the preliminary stages.
Joachim Hansen vs. Shinya Aoki title fight official for DREAM.11 in October
DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) will make his long-awaited first title defense against the man he beat to claim the belt, Shinya Aoki (21-4), at DREAM.11.
The long-rumored bout was officially announced by the Japanese-based organization earlier today.
DREAM.11 takes place Oct. 6 at Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan. The card airs on HDNet in North America.
STRIKEFORCE AND DREAM FORMALIZING "ALLIANCE"
Halfway around the globe, Dream is expected to announce an “alliance” with Strikeforce, the result of a longstanding relationship between Scott Coker and the Japanese promotion.
The Strikeforce CEO has maintained a good relationship with promoter Kazuyoshi Ishii from Dream parent company Fight Entertainment Group, whom he worked with for eight years as the U.S. promoter of K-1 kickboxing. The alliance formalizes that relationship.
The Strikeforce/DREAM Alliance Could Bring Crossover Battles We Crave
Scott Coker mentioned in the TapouT radio show yesterday that there will be a press conference in Japan regarding a new alliance with DREAM that could potentially bring a large amount of overseas fighters into the mix with Strikeforce's roster of talent. This has been a bit overlooked in all the Strikeforce discussions, but it matters due to the potential for booking the crossover battles between Japanese and North American fighters that many fans have craved for quite some time.
Not only are there bouts that can happen that are relevant within today's ranks, but even matches of MMA legends that could potentially be made between the two promotions. Think about some of these bouts: Frank Shamrock vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis, Josh Thomson vs. Joachim Hansen/Shinya Aoki/Ribeiro/Kikuno... the list goes on.
Strikeforce, DREAM to Enter Partnership
Strikeforce and DREAM are expected to announce a partnership shortly that could see an exchange of fighters between the two promotions.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed Monday night in a radio appearance on The Carmichael Dave Show that Strikeforce will enter into an "alliance" with Fighting Entertainment Group, the parent company of Japan's No. 1 mixed martial arts group.
DREAM.11 featherweight grand prix semifinals officially announced, reserve bout set
As previously revealed during HDNet's broadcast of DREAM.10, the organization's featherweight grand prix semifinal matchups, set to take place in October at DREAM.11, include Bibiano Fernandes (5-2) vs. Joe Warren (2-0) and Hiroyuki Takaya (11-6-1) vs. Hideo Tokoro (21-14-1).
Additionally, a reserve bout featuring Kazuyuki Miyata (7-7) vs. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hatais (11-5-3), who defeated Tokoro in the opening round of the tourney (but was unable to continue due to injury), is also set for the event.
DREAM 12 HEADED FOR OSAKA
Japanese MMA promotion DREAM is headed to Osaka for DREAM 12.
The 16,000-seat Osaka-Jo Hall will host the event on Oct. 25, over three weeks away from the conclusion of the promotion’s Featherweight and Super Hulk tournaments at DREAM 11 on Oct. 6.
Jesse Taylor a Perfect Fit for DREAM
Jesse Taylor's DREAM debut garnered as much buzz as any of the major fights on Monday's card. Unfortunately, the bout was only officially announced a couple of days ago, leaving very little time for fans to get excited over his fight against Dong Sik Yoon.
Taylor ended up winning after Yoon injured his left ankle a minute into the fight. The victory marked Taylor's seventh in a row since losing to CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 14 last July.