How impressive were some of these fighters?
1. Alistair Overeem - Beating arguably the greatest fighter in K-1 today? That's UNREAL and has to be one of the upsets of the year.
2. Melvin Manhoef - Stopping Mark Hunt, you kidding me?
3. Shinya Aoki - Made a win against Eddie Alvarez look easy.
4. Gegard Mousasi - Awesome performance against a good K-1 vet.
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri - Dominant victory over one of Japan's greatest kickboxers in history. Age is an issue for Takeda, but very impressive nonetheless.
7. Daisuke Nakamura - Took the next step in beating a tough guy like Tokoro, and quickly aswell.
6. Ikuhisa Minowa - The guy made Zimmerman look silly.
Am I missing anyone? I haven't seen the Hiroya fights, Sakurai's or Ologun's yet.
What are next for some of these guys?
I'd like to see Mousasi fight Akiyama and then possibly go to the UFC, but I think Akiyama and FEG are hating atm, so that fight probably won't happen.
There is nothing as far as Heavyweight competition goes in DREAM for Overeem, but maybe the guy will feel confident with K-1 now and decide to fight in the GP? I'd love to see it for sure. If not, he needs to get over to Affliction or the UFC, because that's where the best MMA Heavies are at atm. Not DREAM. Cro Cop rematch is pointless, especially after Overeem's latest performance.
Aoki just continues to WOW me. He's fought what DREAM have to offer, think of the wins he has got now... JZ, Hansen (though may need a rubber match), Alvarez, Uno. That's awesome. A JZ rematch might be needed, as JZ was in some bother injury wise in his fight with Aoki. I'd love to see Aoki in the UFC someday. I'd love him to fight guys like Florian and BJ.
Daisuke has plenty of fights if he wants to fight at Lightweight in DREAM, otherwise.. I'd love to see him in the WEC 145lb division, there are some great match-ups for him there. Also Shooto's 145lb division would have some nice bouts for him.
Any thoughts on the future of some of these guys?
Minowa will obviously just keep being Minowaman.
Fedor fights I want to see..
Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia -
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski -
hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..