Days after the Japan-based promotion DREAM was dropped from prime-time by the Tokyo Broadcasting System, a new deal was reached with Mark Cuban’s HDNet to air DREAM events in North America. The new deal was announced last night on HDNet’s “Inside MMA.”
DREAM is the product of the Fight Entertainment Group (FEG), the people behind K-1 and K-1 Hero’s, and Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE), the group that produced the PRIDE FC events. This collaboration was meant to revive Japan’s MMA scene after the fall of PRIDE. They have only held one event so far, which was round one of a lightweight grand prix tournament comprised of many of the world’s top lightweights. DREAM.2, which is scheduled for April 29, will be the first round of their middleweight grand prix.
HDNet will air DREAM.1, which took place in March, on May 2, and DREAM.2 on May 3. Four additional events are scheduled and will either air the same day or on a short delay.
I would be a hundred times more excited about this if I actually could get HDNet. Damn Cox Cable.
Frank Trigg Replaced In Middleweight GP
Frank Trigg has been replaced by Ian Murphy in DREAM’s Middleweight GP, which is set to begin next week at DREAM.2. Apparently, DREAM officials booked Frank Trigg to fight in their tournament without telling him. Ever since the bout had been announced, Trigg has adamantly denied any involvement. It seems DREAM finally got the message and found a replacement.
This will mark American wrestler Ian Murphy’s first professional mixed martial arts fight and it won’t be an easy one. He will be facing BJJ wizard Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza. Good luck, Ian.