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Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, to Meet at Bellator’s 2012 Campaign

Written on August 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Two lightweight champions of different promotion, Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, as slated to meed again in 2012.

Eddie Alvarez may get a second crack on Shinya Aoki yet, as both of them are set for a lightweight duel in Bellator Fighting Championships next year. Bout agreements have been distributed, and the two fighters are expected to ink the deal shortly. And while Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki are both lightweight champions of Bellator and DREAM respectively, no title will be up for grabs when the tournament takes place.

Both of them met on New Year 2008, wherein the Japanese submission specialist ended the American’s night early. Shinya Aoki slapped a tight heel hook on Eddie Alvarez, forcing the latter to submit in just 92 seconds.

But since then, the Bellator lightweight champion rattled off seven consecutive wins in Bellator and Dream. Eddie Alvarez won the title in 2009. On the other hand, Shinya Aoki has won eight of his last nine fights — including a five-fight win streak. He is set to meet the former WEC champion, Rob McCullough, at DREAM 17 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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Todd Duffee Withdraws from DREAM Bout due to Injury

Written on July 12, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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One match-up was scrapped from the DREAM Fight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Final, as Todd Duffee bows out of his match against Nick Gaston due to injury.

Former UFC heavyweight prospect, Todd Duffee, withdraws from his bout against Nick Gaston due to undisclosed injury. The DREAM officials confirmed at last Monday that Todd Duffee was out of his match for Fight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Tournament Final.

That said, DREAM tapped Tim Hague to step in against Nick Gaston. However, the promotion was not able to come to terms with the fighter. Hence, Nick Gaston was also removed from the lineup.

DREAM’s Fight for Japan: 2011 Bantamweight Tournament Finals will kick off at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo.

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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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Antonio McKee, Unable to Fight Shinya Aoki Due to Visa Issues

Written on May 17, 2011 by Alvin Guerro

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Antonio McKee, being unable to obtain a visa, has slipped his chance to take his much-anticipated bout with Shinya Aoki at the DREAM 'Fight for Japan.'

Antonio McKee will not be able to fight Shinya Aoki on DREAM’s “Fight for Japan” on May 29, after he was unable to present his visa. FEG promoter – Mike Kogan – reacted to this report, insisting that the bout between Antonio McKee and Shinya Aoki is canceled due to other reasons and not in the former’s visa.

That said, Jamie Varner was tapped to replace Antonio McKee and facing Shinya Aoki. The DREAM “Fight for Japan” is a charity event that would help the victims last March’s Japan earthquake, and will take place at Saitama Super Arena.

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DREAM’s Fight for Japan Adds Two Featherweight Bouts

Written on April 25, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Hansen vs Ishida and Uno vs Nishiura were two featherweight bouts added to DREAM's Fight for Japan card this May 29.

DREAM added two featherweight bouts for its upcoming Fight for Japan event. The May 29 tournament will also feature a battle between Joachim Hansen versus Mitsuhiro Ishida, and another brawl pitting Caol Uno contra Akiyo Nishiura. DREAM’s Fight for Japan producer, Keiichi Sasahara, also revealed that current DREAM featherweight champion – Hiroyuki Takaya – will likely return to defend his title this summer.

As reported last week, Fight for Japan will grace the promotion’s quarterfinals and semifinals of its bantamweight grand prix. The event will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on May 29.

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DREAM Japan Grand Prix, Slated for May 2011

Written on April 18, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Mixed Martial Arts is making a comeback in Japan, after the devastating March 11 earthquake, with DREAM's Japan Grand Prix.

On May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, DREAM will pave the way for the return of MMA in the country with an eight-fighter bantamweight tournament. The DREAM Japan Grand Prix will be a prelude for the promotion’s World Grand Prix, which is set to start on September. The DREAM Japan Grand Prix will feature Masakazu Imanari, Kenji Osawa, Takafumi Otsuka, Hideo Tokoro, Keisuke Fujiwara, Yoshiro Maeda, Atsushi Yamamoto and Darren Uyenoyama. The top-three fighters that will emerge from the tournament will advance to the World Grand Prix.

In addition to this, the DREAM execs also revealed the “Fight for Japan” during last Friday’s press conference at The Parliament Museum in Tokyo. The “Fight for Japan” aims to raise funds for areas affected by the Japan earthquake and tsunami last March 11. The proceeds from the said event will go to the United Nations’ agency for human settlements.

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