DREAM 11 on HDNet immediate reaction and commentary

DREAM 11 saw the first ever Japanese DREAM champion crowned in the lightweight division. The featherweight champion wa also crowned. Last, and most certainly least, the Super-Hulk tournament provide the oddity we’ve come to expect. Much more commentary after the jump.

Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
A striking contest broke out in the middle of this fight. Everyone knew Takaya was supposed to be the better striker, but Fernandes showed that he is a well rounded fighter by throwing back with quality strikes. Referee Yuji Shimda heavily influenced the fight by taking Fernandes out of a back mount twice. Bibiano Fernandes is the real deal. Let’s see who FEG matches him up against next. Both men fought admirably.

Shinya Aoki (21-4) vs. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
People like to think of Aoki as a go for broke submission guy, because he has so many flashy submission wins. In fact he is just a good all around grappler. He should every aspect of his game in beating Hansen. He scored with rugged takedowns and controlled position on the ground. In true Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fashion he waited for his opponent to make a mistake and capitalized. This was truly a great win for Aoki.

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DREAM.9 weigh-in results and photo gallery

DREAM.9 takes place Tuesday May 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The event will air live in the U.S. on HDNet beginning at 5:00 AM EST/2:00 AM PST. And because we here at PRO MMA (promma.info) are committed to bringing you the best coverage possible, we will be offering LIVE round-by-round updates throughout the event.

There are a total of ten fights scheduled for DREAM.9 including the second round (quarter-finals) of their Featherweight Grand Prix¬†with such fighters as “Kid” Yamamoto, Joe Warren, Abel Cullum, and Hideo Tokoro taking part. There will be a DREAM Middleweight Championship fight between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and “Bully Beatdown” star, Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

Also on the card will be the first round of a “Super Hulk Tournament” featuring such names as Bob Sapp, Mark Hunt, Sokoudjou, Hong Man Choi, and uh… Jose Conseco and a special non-tournament feature bout between Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (14-2-1), who is ranked number five in the world at lightweight and Tatsuya Kawajiri (23-5-2).

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Do not rush Blagoi Ivanov

Blagoi Ivanov, the man who defeated Fedor Emelianenko in combat sabmo, has turned to MMA

In the Neil Wain ridden world of heavyweight MMA, any prospect or new comer will create a stir amongst the rabid fan base.

Shane Carwin, Cain Velasquez, and Rex Richards have all gained the attention of the MMA populous due to their size, athletic ability, and prowess in a previous athletic endeavor.

Yesterday, it was reported that another top level heavyweight athlete will cross over into MMA, and this guy has already beaten Fedor Emelianenko.

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