Joe Warren, Abel Cullum, Yoshiro Maeda advance in featherweight tournament & Shinya Aoki gets win at DREAM 7

“We dedicate DREAM 7 to the memory of Helio Gracie.” That is how the night began at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan early Sunday morning March 8th. The card includes the opening round of a featherweight tournament as well as some interesting individual match ups. As usual whether in the U.S., Japan, or anywhere in the world, if it is high level MMA,  PRO MMA (promma.info) has the results for you.

Abel Cullum and Joe Warren were the Americans who advanced in the Featherweight Tournament. Warren defeated another American, Chase Beebe. Tournament hopeful, Micah Miller, who is brother to UFC lightweight contender Cole Miller, adorned in long black Under Armor spats, lost a hard fought unanimous decision to Yoshiro Maeda. In one of three non-tournament bouts, WAMMA Lightweight Champion, Shinya Aoki defeated David Gardner by a first round rear naked choke. Full results after the jump…

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DREAM 7 in-depth preview

Japan’s DREAM promotion returns this Sunday March 8, 2009 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Japan. The card will include the opening round of a featherweight tournament as well as some interesting individual match ups. PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live real-time round by round results on this event beginning at 1:00am early Sunday morning. The DREAM tournaments are quite long but we here at PRO MMA are committed to bringing our readers the best content possible. Join us right here early Sunday morning and share your comments and opinions on the event as it is happening. Here are the match-ups for DREAM 7:

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Video cram session for DREAM’s Featherweight Tournament

The popular recurring “Video cram session” feature is back. PRO MMA (promma.info) always wants to help prepare MMA fans for upcoming cards. In this edition we take a look at this weekend’s DREAM Featherweight Tournament. Videos include: Joe Warren’s world championship wrestling match, a classic Masakazu Imanari heel hook, and Bibiano Fernandes’ fight with Urijah Faber. Don’t be afraid to cram.

Atsushi Yamamoto vs. Masakazu Imanari

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Shinya Aoki returns a month early

One of Japan’s top MMA promotions, DREAM, has announced current number 1 ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki (19-3) will return to fight March 8th on their DREAM 7 card. Originally slated to return at the April 5th DREAM event, now Aoki will fight on both the March 8th and April 5th cards.

Aoki will be taking part in one of two superfights on the card that also features a Featherweight Grand Prix tournament. His opponent is American fighter David Gardner (16-10) from Detroit, Michigan. Gardner’s last fight was in November were he won a split decision over Kenneth Alexander. Although Gardner is not that well known, he has fought Brian Cobb who made his UFC debut at UFC 95. Gardner lost the fight to Cobb by unanimous decision but he does hold wins over UFC vets Doug Evans and Rich Clementi.

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