Dream has financial problems and has for a long time. MMA is unfortunately not the moneymaker in economically depressed Japan that it used to be. He's far from the first, I know Nick Diaz complained about the same thing last year. They do seem to pay their bills, but they have been late a lot and that suggests they are running on fumes.
His helmet was stifling, it narrowed his vision. And he must see far. His shield was heavy. It threw him off balance. And his target is far away.