DREAM officials held a press conference earlier today in Japan to announce a handful of participants for their next two shows.
The DREAM.14 card is nearly full, however there’s still room for a Super Hulk fight. Super Hulk champ Minowaman has been added to the card. DREAM execs stated he would be taking on opponent “X”, and as much as they wish he was, “X” is definitely not Kimbo Slice. Instead, “X” is 325-pound Imani Lee according to MMA Junkie.
The light heavyweight grand prix which was originally scheduled to kick off at DREAM.14 as an 8-man tournament will now commence at DREAM.15 as a 4-man tournament. The finalists will face off in September at DREAM.16. The grand prix participants weren’t announced, however Gegard Mousasi and King Mo were originally supposed to compete in the tournament and both were announced for DREAM.15, so it seems likely they’ll be two of the four. Mousasi told MMA Fighting earlier today he would like a rematch with King Mo on New Year’s Eve. If they’re both in the GP, it could happen sooner.
Melvin Manhoef will also fight at DREAM.15. He could be a GP fighter, though that’s merely my own speculation.
Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri were also announced for DREAM.15. Despite reports to the contrary, DREAM did not confirm they would fight one another for the DREAM lightweight title. They did however say “Fated Rivals” will meet, which certainly hints at the possibility.
Alistair Overeem won’t be sitting around waiting for a fight to materialize with Fedor Emelianenko. DREAM confirmed the Strikeforce heavyweight champ for July 10, but were unable to reveal his opponent. Apparently, there’s two options: a fighter with lots of experience in Japan or an experienced fighter who’s never fought in Japan before. No, the first option is not Josh Barnett.
FEG president Sadaharu Tanikawa put all the rumors and speculation to rest that PRIDE rules would be resurrected. He doesn’t believe soccer kicks and knees to grounded opponents would be appropriate for Japanese prime time television.
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