There is going to be a straight up pick 'em, just the winners, in DREAM for the next show bank on it. It will be easier than this or the one in Bellator (where you can win a million credits a week but only 5 people sign up, heh). If enough people like picking Japanese fights like they used to, maybe we could turn it into a real pick 'em league like this one for the next show they put on.
And it's like Bobby says, the champ has earned his choice of whether or not to compete in the tourney. If he wins 3 or 4 in a row (only hope we get that kind of turnout signed up) and that keeps the belt from being possibly taken, that is just a benefit the champ will also deserve. Being able to pull off a streak like that would make it hard to see him losing his title in most any defense that would've happened anyway.