Salvaging Dream 9 from sinking into MMA event infamy was the featherweight bout between 1-0 Joe Warren and 17-1 Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto. It was a fight believed to be an unfair sophomore challenge for the former; "Kid" had been the world's consensus 135-pound terror for years. Warren was tough -- a Greco-Roman world champion -- but lacked stand-up polish, submission acumen and just about everything else.
Surprise! Warren took Yamamoto down repeatedly, landed some sharp knees in the Thai clinch and generally kept Yamamoto at bay for 15 minutes to earn a split-decision victory and early upset of the year honors.