04-23-2011, 09:05 PM
Gabba Gabba Hey
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Pensacola, FL
DREAM held a drawing to get the first round matches in the BW GP:
The matchups are set for the 2011 DREAM Japan bantamweight grand prix, which kicks off May 29 at DREAM.17.
The event takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, though North American broadcast plans have not been announced.
The matchups were determined today during a press conference and drawing in Tokyo with the grand-prix competitors. The four matchups now are official.
* Yoshiro Maeda (28-9-2 MMA, 2-3 DREAM) vs. Hideo Tokoro (27-23-1 MMA, 5-6 DREAM)
* Darren Uyenoyama (6-3 MMA, 0-1 DREAM) vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (14-6-1 MMA, 1-1 DREAM)
* Kenji Osawa (16-9-2 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) vs. Takafumi Otsuka (11-7-1 MMA, 0-2 DREAM)
* Keisuke Fujiwara (11-2-4 MMA, 0-1 DREAM) vs. Masakazu Imanari (21-8-2 MMA, 1-1 DREAM)
The first and second rounds of the tournament takes place May 29, and the final round (and third-place fight) are scheduled for July. The top-three finishers in the tournament secure slots in a planned DREAM world bantamweight grand prix later this year.
The May event is expected to raise funds for the earthquakes and tsunami that recently ravaged Japan. No broadcast plans have been announced for North America, but HDNet is "optimistic" they'll have a deal in place for the show, a source told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
FEG's most recent event was its traditional year-end offering, DREAM "Dynamite 2010!!" The promotion, however, has suffered well-documented financial struggles, and several fighters have in recent months come forward to complain they haven't been paid for recent fights.
thanks for the sig, limba