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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 04-15-2011, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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DREAM: Fight for Japan

DREAM.17
Date: May 29, 2011
Location: Saitama, Japan
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Broadcast: HDnet



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# Nakamura /Yamamoto winner vs. Maeda/Tokoro winner (Japan bantamweight-tourney semifinal)
# Fujiwara/Imanari winner vs. Osawa/Otsuka winner (Japan bantamweight-tourney semifinal)
# Shinya Aoki vs. Rich Clementi
# Katsunori Kikuno vs. Daisuke Nakamura
# Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Caol Uno
# Takeshi Inoue vs. Koichiro Matsumoto
# Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
# Kenji Osawa vs. Takafumi Otsuka (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
# Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Masakazu Imanari (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
# Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hideo Tokoro (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
# Yusaku Nakamura vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)


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Big-show MMA is not yet dead in Japan.

Fighting and Entertainment Group on Thursday evening announced a long-rumored bantamweight grand prix, which begins on May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The tournament, which has been titled the DREAM Japan Grand Prix, is expected to feature eight fighters: Keisuke Fujiwara, Masakazu Imanari, Yoshiro Maeda, Kenji Osawa, Takafumi Otsuka, Hideo Tokoro, Darren Uyenoyama and Atsushi Yamamoto.

The first and second rounds of the tournament are expected to take place in May, and the final round is currently scheduled for July. The top three finishers in the tournament secure slots in a planned DREAM world bantamweight grand prix.

The May 29 card is also expected to hose a few non-tournament bouts which could feature such competitors as Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Katsunori Kikuno, Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura and Caol Uno.

A press conference announcing the event also featured several Japanese promoters, who said they plan to band together to raise money for relief efforts in Japan following this past month's devastating earthquake.

Broadcast plans for the DREAM Japan Grand Prix have yet to be finalized, but it was revealed that the massive Saitama Super Arena will be scaled down to its smallest configuration, which accommodates approximately 7,000 fans.

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 yet been paid.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) in January spoke with longtime Japanese MMA star Bob Sapp, who no-showed the New Year's Eve show and flatly said the promotion is broke.

At the same time, Japanese MMA blog Nightmare of Battle quoted an interview FEG executive Sadaharu Tanikawa gave to Japanese magazine "Sports Graphic Novel," in which the executive gave a dire assessment of FEG's future.

"The current course is that FEG will die," Tanikawa said. "There are probably staff members that will leave as well. The event name will be left but the promotion will change. If the current structure remains as it is it will be impossible to continue. If many investments from companies overseas do not come in we can’t survive."

With both ratings and attendance down in recent years, the Japanese fight promotion has been trying to raise additional funds through a recent partnership with PUJI Capital, an investment banking group, though it appears the success of those efforts has been minimal.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/23255/feg-...-on-may-29.mma



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Hopefully they get some backing soon.




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Yeah, this news surprised me very much. We all know that Sengoku is basically dead but I thought Dream was dead as well. Apparently this is for fundraising efforts for the Tsunami relief.

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DREAM held a drawing to get the first round matches in the BW GP:



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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.

They include:

* 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.
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If I were a fighter I'd have my pay in escrow ahead of time.
That is part of the reason why Bob Sapp decided not to fight. All he had was the FEG's word that they would pay him and he normally always had money in escrow from the promotion he was going to fight for. Incidently he was smart considering what Dream has done in the past, especially with Dynamite.

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I heard Katsunori Kikuno might be fighting on that card as well

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Well so little is known about this card that nothing would really surprise me. Though obviously we won't see Mayham in Dream anytime soon cause he is in the UFC now. Also so much for his grudge match with Diaz.

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Kikuno and Aoki are still just rumours right now, but these two sweet fights have been confirmed and added:

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Two bouts have been added to next month's "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan" event, officials today announced.

They include featherweights Joachim Hansen (21-10-1 MMA, 4-4 DREAM) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (20-6-1 MMA, 3-1 DREAM) and Caol Uno (27-14-5 MMA, 1-2 DREAM) vs. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (11-6-1 MMA, 1-2 DREAM).

The event takes place May 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

As previously announced, the event also features the opening round and semifinals of DREAM's Japan bantamweight grand prix. DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) and Katsunori Kikuno (14-3-2 MMA, 2-2 DREAM) also are expected to be in action, though their opponent haven't been determined.

As MMAjunkie.com reported, HDNet officials are "optimistic" they'll air the event in North America.

Hansen, a former DREAM lightweight champion, lost his belt to Aoki in late 2009 and then suffered a split-decision defeat to featherweight champ Bibiano Fernandes in his next bout. He then suffered a knockout loss to Hiroyuki Takaya that resulted in the first three-fight losing streak of his career. However, 31-year-old "Hellboy," a former Shooto champ, since has picked up back-to-back submission wins over Hideo Tokoro at DREAM.16 and Sami Aziz at Super Challenge 6.

Ishida, a former PRIDE fighter, has bounced back from an August 2009 Strikeforce interim-title loss to Gilbert Melendez with a pair of decisions victories over Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata (DREAM.15) and Akiyo Nishiura (DREAM.16). The two fights came at 145 pounds after having spent most of his career at lightweight.

Uno, meanwhile, recently made an unsuccessful drop to featherweight and suffered a decision loss to Kazuyuki Miyata at DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010." It's now part of a career-worse 0-4-1 skid that included a semifinal-round loss to Aoki in the 2008 DREAM lightweight grand prix and an unsuccessful (0-2-1) return to the UFC.

Nishiura has alternated between wins and losses over his past five fights, which included a split-decision loss to Ishida in his most recent bout (DREAM.16). This past December he made his kickboxing debut and fought K-1 veteran Tetsuya Yamato to a draw.

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.

DREAM officials plan for the May 29 event to serve as a fundraiser for the April earthquakes and tsunami that ravaged Japan.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/23359/drea...s-nishiura.mma



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Wow those fights are sweet dude

let's hope Kikuno makes it on the card too, he hasn't fought in ages..
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