‘Kid’ Returns, Hata Out at Dream 9
Dream parent company Fighting and Entertainment Group has announced the quarter-final pairings for its featherweight grand prix. Unfortunately for Daiki Hata, he will not be a part of it.
The four 139-pound tournament pairings for Dream 9 -- which takes place May 26 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan -- will see Japanese superstar Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto return to action for the first time since New Year’s Eve 2007, as he will take on former Greco-Roman wrestling world champion Joe Warren. Meanwhile, Deep champion and leglock specialist Masakazu Imanari will meet Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Bibiano Fernandes. World Extreme Cagefighting veterans Yoshiro Maeda and Hiroyuki Takaya will square off, and slick submission stylist Abel Cullum will collide with tournament replacement Hideo Tokoro.