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MMA Events of the Week: September 23 – 25

Written on September 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Be in the know for more MMA action!

Are you in the know? This Monday, Fighting Insider collated a list of MMA competitions around the globe that will kick off this week. Get hyped and be ready for action, as one of the MMA events posted below might be in the city near you.

Check out the schedules of MMA competitions set to go down this week after the break.

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Kazushi Sakuraba Meets Yan Cabral at DREAM.17

Written on August 28, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Kazushi Sakuraba has agreed to fight the promotion's newcomer and Nova Uniao's pride, Yan Cabral, at the upcoming DREAM.17 event.

The DREAM promotion just added the 10th bout to its DREAM.17 fight card. Officials recently confirmed that Japanese MMA veteran – Kazushi Sakuraba – and Yan Cabral had verbally agreed to meet at the upcoming event, which is expected to take place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Sept. 24. Up to now, there are still no reports with regards to the broadcast plans, but DREAM and TV partner HDNet are already negotiating about a possible live or tape-delayed airing.

Kazushi Sakuraba (26-15-1 MMA, 3-5 DREAM) will be returning in the cage after attaining a TKO loss to Marius Zaromskis at the Welterweight Championship of DREAM Dynamite!! 2010. The bout ended when Sakuraba’s ear was partially torn off, declaring his third misfortune in a row — following a submission loss to Jason Miller and a decision loss over Ralek Gracie. The “Gracie Hunter,” who also fought under the UFC and Pride Fighting Championships during the earlier years of his MMA career, is now set to face Brazil’s famous fighter.

Newcomer, Yan Cabral (9-0 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holder and the pride of Nova Uniao camp. Since 2007, he has boasted a record of 9-0 with nine submission victories. However, he hasn’t fought since the SHC – Battle For The Belt in April 2010, wherein he defeated Djordje Beric through an Arm-Triangle Choke.

See the current DREAM.17 fight card after the skip.

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Gerald Harris vs Kazuhiro Nakamura, Booked for DREAM 17 in Japan

Written on August 13, 2011 by Avlya Jaie

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Newly signed, Gerald Harris, is set to face UFC veteran, Kazuhiro Nakamura, at Dream 17 on September 24.

Recent reports disclosed that promotion’s new comer, Gerald Harris, has verbally agreed to meet Japanese mixed martial artist, Kazuhiro Nakamura, on the upcoming DREAM 17 event.

DREAM 17 is expected to be held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on September 24. Broadcast plans for the said event stays unknown, but the promotion confirmed that they are currently negotiating with television partner – HDNet – in terms of airing the match-ups.

Gerald Harris (18-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), a former member of Ultimate Fighting Championship, just signed his multi-fight deal under DREAM last July 25, 2011. Following his release from the UFC, he obtained a unanimous decision victory over journeyman – Anthony Ruiz – at Tachi Palace Fights 9. However, this success turns into a misery after losing to Maiquel Jose Falcao Goncalves and James Head via unanimous decisions.

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Tatsuya Kawajiri: Drops to Featherweight and Meets “Hellboy” at DREAM 17

Written on August 04, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Tatsuya Kawajiri is making a move to featherweight, and is set to meet Joachim "Hellboy" Hansen at DREAM 17.

After his failed attempts to get the Lightweight titles in Strikeforce and DREAM, Tatsuya Kawajiri will make his featherweight debut at DREAM 17 against Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen. Dream officials announced the additional match-up to their September 24 event.

Both fighters briefly met in a 2006 Shooto title bout, wherein Tatsuya Kawajiri gained a disqualification victory after receiving an inadvertent kick in the groin from Joachim Hansen.

DREAM 17, which will take place in the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, will feature the promotion’s opening round for its eight-man bantamweight title tournament. Also included in the said tournament is a lightweight tilt between Shinya Aoki and Rob McCullough.

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Rodolfo Marques, to Join DREAM Grand Prix

Written on July 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Brazilian prospect, Rodolfo Marques, is set to take his place in DREAM’s upcoming Bantamweight World Grand Prix.

Resende, Rio de Janeiro native, Rodolfo Marques, is set to take his place at DREAM’s Bantamweight World Grand Prix. Though not yet officially announced by the promotion, the fighter’s trainer and Nova Uniao leader – Andre Pederneiras – confirmed that the fighter already finalized his contract to the organization last Wednesday.

The 27-year-old, Rodolfo Marques, has garnered a 12-1 record in his five years as a professional MMA fighter. DREAM’s Bantamweight World Grand Prix will begin at DREAM 17 on September 24, in Saitama, Japan.

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Caol Uno vs Takeshi Inoue, Booked for DREAM 17

Written on July 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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DREAM is ready to, as DREAM 17 is shaping up with a featherweight match between Caol Uno and Takeshi Inoue.

DREAM event producer, Keiichi Sasahara officially announced that DREAM 17 will take place on September 24, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Slated to green lit the opening round for the promotion’s Bantamweight World Grand Prix, DREAM 17 will feature a featherweight match between Caol Uno and Takeshi Inoue.

The event producer also hinted that former Pancrase and Sengoku champion, Satoru Kitaoka, will make his promotional debut at DREAM 17.

DREAM is the promotion’s first numbered event for 2011. Due to financial issues and the March 11 Japan earthquake, the promotion only managed two Fight for Japan events.

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Gerald Harris Signs Deal with DREAM

Written on July 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After his UFC release, Gerald "Hurricane" Harris now finds a new home with DREAM.

Eight months following his unprecedented release from UFC, Gerald “Hurricane” Harris inks a deal with DREAM. As posted on his Twitter account:

“I’m all healed up and ready to roll. I just signed a multi-fight deal with Dream. It’s going to be great in Japan, but business first!”

Gerald Harris was suddenly released by UFC last November, after his decision loss to Maiquel Falcao. Since then, he dropped a close decision to James Head. He also recently out pointed Anthony Ruiz under Tachi Palace Fights banner.

DREAM’s next tournament, DREAM 17, is set to take action on September 25, in Saitama, Japan.

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Fickett vs Kawajiri and Mizuno vs Prangley, Set for DREAM Bantamweight GP

Written on July 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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DREAM Fight for Japan: Bantamweight Grand Prix is now all set with one additional bout and one altercation.

Last Wednesday, DREAM Fight for Japan: Bantamweight Grand Prix gets an additional bout and one altercation. After Willamy Freire withdrew from the tournament due to hand injury, Tatsuya Kawajiri will now face Drew Fickett on July 16. Also added to the fight card is a light heavyweight battle between Tatsuya Mizuno and Trevor Prangley.

DREAM Fight for Japan – dubbed as DREAM.17 – will feature a championship duel over Gegard Mousasi vs Hiroshi Izumi and Hiroyuki Takaya vs Kazuyuki Miyata. Mazakasu Imanari will square off against Hideo Tokoro at the Bantamweight Grand Prix finals.

The full card for DREAM.17 is posted after the jump.

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Hatsu Hioki Vacates SHOOTO Belt for UFC

Written on June 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Hatsu Hioki vacates his post as the SHOOTO lightweight champion to head on to UFC. Will the promotion acquire another top-ranked featherweight talent?

Japanese featherweight fighter, Hatsu Hioki, declined an offer to duel against DREAM featherweight champion – Hiroyuki Takeya – at DREAM 17. The former also announced last Tuesday that he will be vacating his lightweight title to head on to UFC 131 as a guest. His associate and representative, Shu Hirata, also added that all signs point to contract negotiations.

Hatsu Hioki is also a Sengoku featherweight champion with one remaining fight left on his contract with its promoter, World Victory Road. However, it is still unknown whether Sengoku will ever return due to its current financial crisis. Hatsu Hioki won the SHOOTO belt a year ago by defeating Takeshi Inoue via split decision. Last December, he added the Sengoku belt on his shelf with a unanimous decision win over Marlon Sandro. That said, Hatsu Hioki has long been considered as one of the best fighters in the 145-pound division.

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