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Yamamoto and Kawajiri Expected to Appear at DREAM.11


Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto throws a left hand at Genki Sudo. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Japanese stars Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Tatsuya Kawajiri are expected to appear on the upcoming DREAM.11 event scheduled for October 6 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan. No opponents have been named at this time.

DREAM.11 will air live on HDNet and features the DREAM featherweight grand prix semi-final and final along with the semi-final for the “Super Hulk” tournament.

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Report: Strikeforce and DREAM Form Alliance


Photo by Jon Swenson. Used with permission.

Continuing with the trend of big announcements, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently announced that Strikeforce is expected to announce a strategic alliance with DREAM.

Coker has a longstanding relationship with Fight Entertainment Group promoter Kazuyoshi Ishii as Coker used to handle the U.S. side of K-1 kickboxing.

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Featherweight GP Pairings, Reserve Fight Announced for DREAM.11


Joe Warren. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

Fighting and Entertainment Group today announced the semifinal matchups for the inaugural DREAM featherweight grand prix, which will continue at DREAM.11 on October 6 at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan.

Following his shocking victories over Chase Beebe and Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, upstart wrestler Joe Warren will take on skilled grappler Bibiano Fernandes while WEC veteran Hiroyuki Takaya will face K-1 mainstay Hideo Tokoro.

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Aoki vs. Hansen III at DREAM.11 in October


Shinya Aoki applying a gogoplata. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

DREAM officials have announced that DREAM lightweight champion Joachim Hansen will defend his title against Shinya Aoki at DREAM.11 on Oct. 6 at the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan.

Aoki and Hansen first met at PRIDE: Shockwave 2006 and Aoki stunned the Japanese faithful as he submitted Hansen with a spectacular gogoplata. Hansen evened up the series at the DREAM.5 Lightweight Grand Prix last year when he scored a TKO early in the first stanza.

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DREAM.10 Live Results

We will be going live at 3:00 AM EST with live results of DREAM.10, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

The card will be headlined by a lightweight bout between Shinya Aoki and Vitor Riberio. Also on the card is the welterweight tournament semifinals featuring Hayato Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis and Andre Galvao vs. Jason High.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments throughout the evening. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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Quick Hits: Cro Cop Hospitalized, Mayhem-Jacare III Proposed for DREAM.10 & More


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Here are your quick hits for the afternoon of June 19, 2009.

— Just days after leaving the UFC in favor of a new three-fight deal with Japanese-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly been hospitalized due to a possible case of of Salmonella according to Croatian news outlets. The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. [MMA Mania]

— DREAM officials have reportedly offered Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza a third bout between each other for the vacant DREAM middleweight title at DREAM.10 on July 20 in Japan. Miller revealed his intention to accept the bout earlier this week, but published reports quote Souza as saying that he has no interest in yet another meeting between the two. [MMA Weekly]

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Report: Cro Cop to Face Mighty Mo at DREAM.10


Mirko Filipovic. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Less than a week after fleeing from a verbal three-fight agreement with Dana White and the UFC in order to sign with Japan-based DREAM, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has reportedly agreed to face fellow former K-1 kickboxer Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga on July 20 at DREAM.10.

The news comes from Josh Gross of Sports Illustrated, citing sources close to the event. After reports of his new deal with DREAM surfaced, Cro Cop quickly denied them through Croatian news outlets, yet all signs still point to him making a return to the Japanese MMA scene this summer.

The former PRIDE Fighting Championships standout competed just one week ago at UFC 99, defeating Cage Rage product Mustapha al Turk via first-round TKO. The win didn’t come without controversy however, as Cro Cop caught al Turk with an inadvertent finger in the eye that the referee missed before finishing him off with strikes.

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DREAM.9 Draws Solid Television Ratings


Kid Yamamoto. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group

It was no secret that Fighting and Entertainment Group needed spectacular television ratings in order to keep their DREAM product up and running prior to yesterday’s DREAM.9 event over in Japan. It’s likely the reason why the “Super Hulk” tournament was put together at the last minute and also why Tuesday’s fight card was so stacked to from the beginning.

FEG officials can now pat themselves on the back for their efforts as it looks like the numbers are in, and they’re pretty good:

Ratings are in for last night’s prime time TBS presentation of Fighting and Entertainment Group’s DREAM.9, and although the show ended with some controversy, it seems to have been a modest success with viewers nonetheless.

DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara (right) told Kamipro that the show pulled an average 16.2% rating with a high of 19.1% during the Joe Warren-“Kid” Yamamoto bout. These numbers alone are nothing jaw-dropping, but are certainly marked improvements over the numbers for the last prime time-televised DREAM event - September 2008’s DREAM.6 - which pulled a 9% average rating with a high quarter-hour of 13.4% during Yoshihiro Akiyama’s match. Before DREAM.9, Sasahara stated that the promotion’s goal was a 15% average.

DREAM.9 received a boost in viewers courtesy of a lead-in of WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito defending his title on TBS. Still, it’s a good sign for DREAM, which has had continual trouble trapping in viewers since its inception last year.

Fight of the Day: Hong Man Choi vs. Jose Canseco

From DREAM.9, courtesy of HDNet Fights

Also, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs Jan Nortje after the jump.

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DREAM Announces Welterweight Grand Prix Semifinal Pairings


Hayato Sakurai. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

Fighting and Entertainment Group today announced the semifinals matchups for their inaugural welterweight grand prix tournament, which will continue at DREAM.10 on July 20 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Fresh off of his stunning first-round TKO of Shinya Aoki at DREAM.8 in April, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai will now face Lithuanian prospect and Cage Rage product Marius Zaromskis, who won an unanimous decision over Seichi Ikemoto in his opening-round bout.

In addition, Affliction veteran Jason High will meet grappling expert Andre Galvao. Both fighters scored first-round submissions in their tourney openers. High needed less than a minute to submit Yuya Shirai while Galvao tapped UFC and WEC welterweight title challenger John Alessio in just his third professional bout.

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