- Dream (mixed martial arts)
Dream Type Private Industry Mixed martial arts promotion Founded February 13, 2008 Founder(s) Sadaharu Tanikawa (President of FEG) Headquarters Tokyo, Japan Key people Keiichi Sasahara, Head and Matchmaker
Daisuke Sato, Productions Director
Parent Real Entertainment Website Dreamofficial.com
Dream (styled DREAM in capitals) is a mixed martial arts organization promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group and co-produced with the former Pride Fighting Championships executives from Real Entertainment. It is the sister production of K-1 kick boxing. Dream replaced FEG's previous-run mixed martial arts fight series, Hero's. The series retains many of the stylistic flourishes and personnel from Pride FC broadcasts, including fight introducer Lenne Hardt. In America, the promotion is aired on HDNet.
- 1 History
- 2 Rules
- 3 Current champions
- 4 Current Roster
- 5 Events
- 6 Event locations
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Pride FC's buyout and Yarennoka!
After the Zuffa buyout of Pride FC, the former Dream Stage Entertainment executives put on a collaborative New Year's Eve mixed martial arts show with Shooto, M-1 Global, and the Fighting and Entertainment Group, called Yarennoka!. This show was intended to be a farewell show of Pride FC. However, due to its success and further petitioning by Japanese MMA fans, the FEG and the former DSE staff decided to combine their efforts and form a new Japanese promotion.
Hero's dissolution and Dream's emergence
Their new promotion was confirmed on February 13, 2008, along with Hero's dissolution. All of Hero's' fighters were confirmed (such as Hero's champions Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Akiyama and JZ Calvan) to be part of the new promotion along with the additions of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba, Mitsuhiro Ishida, and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Another notable announcement was Dream's partnership with M-1 Global, who confirmed that they would allow the last Heavyweight Champion of Pride FC (and the winner of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix), Fedor Emelianenko, to fight in their events. Emelianenko was present at the Dream press conference to promote the alliance between the two shows.
Partnership with HDNet
On May 2, 2008, Dream aired for the first time in the United States with a repeat of Dream 1 on HDNet. A repeat of Dream 2 was aired the following day, while Dream 3 was aired live on May 11. All future Dream events will be airing on HDNet as a part of the network's HDNet Fights series.
Partnership with EliteXC
On May 10, 2008, Dream announced the working partnership with US promotion EliteXC. The two groups intended to share fighters and eventually co-promote shows. However, with EliteXC now bankrupt the alliance no longer exists.
Alliance with Strikeforce
On August 5, 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that the two promotions had signed a formal alliance. This is reportedly a deal that has been talked about for quite some time, but has finally come to fruition. The result of this deal is that the two organizations will exchange fighters and work together to bring MMA fans the best fights possible. Also, because of Strikeforce's recent agreement with Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global, it is presumable that they would be involved in the alliance as well. In October 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated interest in unifying the titles between the two promotions. However Dream has yet to give a public response. It's likely all unification plans have been dropped due to Zuffa, the parent company of UFC, acquiring Stikeforce.
Dream has 7 weight classes. Unlike Hero's, each weight class will have a champion with a defendable title.
- 61 kilograms (134 lb) – Bantamweight
- 65 kilograms (143 lb) – Featherweight
- 70 kilograms (154 lb) – Lightweight
- 76 kilograms (168 lb) – Welterweight
- 84 kilograms (185 lb) – Middleweight
- 93 kilograms (205 lb) – Light Heavyweight
- no upper limit – Heavyweight
It was announced that in 2011 Dream will create a new Bantamweight class at 61 kg (134 lb), and the Featherweight class will be raised to 65 kg (143 lb).
Bouts inside a ring have two rounds; the first lasts for ten minutes, and the second for five. Inside a cage, there are three 5-minute rounds.
- Fights will be judged in their entirety by three judges, not on a round-by-round ten-point-must basis (more common to North American promotions).
- A winner will always be declared, as draws are not possible.
Fouls and violations
- Stomps and soccer kicks to the head of a grounded opponent are not allowed (unless both fighters are on the ground), but they are allowed to the rest of the body.
- Elbows to the head are prohibited.
- If there is a 15 kilograms (33 lb) or more weight difference between the fighters, knees to the head of a grounded opponent are not allowed.
- A grounded opponent is defined as one in a three-point position. If a fighter has, for example, both knees and one hand on the floor facing the mat, then no kicks to the head are allowed.
- Strikes to the back of the head are not allowed
- In case of a "No Contest" or injury, the fighter who can continue will go through to the next round, if neither fighter is able to continue the promoter will choose a replacement fighter to go through.
Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Nationality Title Defenses Heavyweight no limit Vacant Light Heavyweight 93 kg (205 lb) Gegard Mousasi September 25, 2010 Dutch 1 Middleweight 84 kg (185 lb) Vacant Welterweight 76 kg (168 lb) Marius Zaromskis July 20, 2009 Lithuanian 1 Lightweight 70 kg (154 lb) Shinya Aoki October 6, 2009 Japanese 1 Featherweight 65 kg (143 lb) Hiroyuki Takaya December 31, 2010 Japanese 1 Bantamweight 61 kg (134 lb)
Year Weight Division Champion Nationality Finalist Nationality 2008 Lightweight Joachim Hansen Norwegian Shinya Aoki Japanese 2008 Middleweight Gegard Mousasi Dutch Ronaldo Souza Brazilian 2009 Welterweight Marius Zaromskis Lithuanian Jason High American 2009 Featherweight Bibiano Fernandes Brazilian Hiroyuki Takaya Japanese 2009 Superhulk Ikuhisa Minowa Japanese Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Cameroonian 2010 Light Heavyweight Gegard Mousasi Dutch Tatsuya Mizuno Japanese 2011 JP Bantamweight Hideo Tokoro Japanese Masakazu Imanari Japanese 2011 Bantamweight N/A N/A N/A N/A
- Yoshiro Maeda
- Hideo Tokoro
- Kenji Osawa
- Masakazu Imanari
- Keisuke Fujiwara
- Takafumi Otsuka
- Yusaku Nakamura
- Atsushi Yamamoto
- Bibiano Fernandes
- Rodolfo Marques
- Joachim Hansen
- Hiroyuki Takaya
- Daiki Hata
- Mitsuhiro Ishida
- Akiyo Nishiura
- Takeshi Inoue
- Kazuhisa Watanabe
- Kazuyuki Miyata
- Caol Uno
- Koichiro Matsumoto
From the United States:
- Shinya Aoki
- Daisuke Nakamura
- Koutetsu Boku
- Tatsuya Kawajiri
- Katsunori Kikuno
- Katsuhiko Nagata
- Satoru Kitaoka
From the United States:
- Jason High
- Tarec Saffiedine
- Andrews Nakahara
From South Korea:
- Andy Ologun
- Karl Amoussou
From the United States:
- Ian Murphy
- Gerald Harris
From South Korea:
- Dong Sik Yoon
From the Netherlands:
- Yoshiyuki Nakanishi
- Tatsuya Mizuno
- Hiroshi Izumi
From South Africa:
From the United States:
From South Korea:
- Hong Man Choi
- Total event number: 20
These cities have hosted the following numbers of Dream events as of Dream 17:
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- ^ Dream Run: Zaromskis Wins Grand Prix
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