DREAM 11 weigh-ins – Sakuraba will not stand for it

The “DREAM 11 – Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 Final” takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The event, which features a lightweight title fight between Joachim Hansen and Shinya Aoki, the final round of the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix, and the Super Hulk Tournament semi-finals, will air via tape delay in the U.S. on HDNet beginning at 7 a.m. ET Tuesday morning. PROMMA.INFO will be providing play-by-play commentary of the broadcast.

All fighters successfully made weight at the DREAM 11 weigh-ins which took place on Monday. Kazushi Sakuraba made weight just fine, but he had quite a bit of trouble making it to the scales. Either he was trying to be funny, he was drunk, or he is completely off his rocker. Frankly, he looks lost. Watch the video above to see what I’m talking about. Weigh-in results and photo of Minowa and Hong Man Choi after the jump…

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Dream 11 picks

Sakuraba returns tonight
Sakuraba returns tonight

Last weekend was rough. I went only 11-6, but this is a new day. Check out this Friday’s picks for a full recap. Today we take a look at Dream 11 which features the semi-finals and finals of the featherweight tournament, the semi-finals of the super-hulk tournament, and a lightweight championship bout.

Dream 11
Dream Lightweight Title bout
Shinya Aoki (21-4) vs. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
Joachim Hansen seems to be the physical type of fighter that gives Shinya Aoki trouble. In their last fight, Hansen landed hard shots and put Aoki out. That fight and Aoki’s loss to Hayato Sakurai have raised questions about the Tobikan Judan’s chin. This would be a tough fight to call, but Hansen has not fought in over a year due to health concerns. Aoki will be able to implement his submission game and bring home a victory and the Dream lightweight title.
Pick = Shinya Aoki

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HDNet to air DREAM 11 Featherweight Grand Prix 2009 Final on Oct. 6

A new champion will be crowned on HDNet – Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 a.m. ET

WHAT: HDNet to broadcast “HDNet Fights Presents: HEIWA DREAM 11 Featherweight Grand Prix 2009, Final Round” Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 a.m. ET, from Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan. HDNet will also air an encore presentation of the event on Friday, October 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The event features the conclusion of the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix, a highly anticipated DREAM Lightweight title bout and the semi-finals of the Super Hulk tournament.

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Jose Canseco returns to the ring against a Competitive Eater

This will be a big weekend for all of Jose Canseco’s combat sports fans. Apparerntly he has recovered from a recent knee injury, because this Friday he is set to return to the boxing ring. His opponent is five-time Wing Bowl champion Bill “El Wingador” Simmons.

Canseco, who holds a combined boxing and MMA record of 0-2-1, will be looking for his first ever win. In his most recent bout, Canseco was stopped in only 77 seconds by Hong Man Choi. Before entering MMA, he was stopped in boxing by Vai Sikahema and drew with Danny Bonaduce. Apparently retired football players and child stars were too tough, so let’s see how the former American League MVP fares against a competitive eater.

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Jose Conseco & Brian Bowles talk with Straka

WEC’s number one bantamweight contender Brian Bowles joined former professional baseball player and MMA dabbler Jose Conseco in a special interview with FOX Fight Game host Mike Straka at the UFC Fan Expo. Bowles did not seem impressed by the Hong Man Choi punching bag. The best part is when Straka asks Bowles if he … Read more

UFC officially announces Cro Cop vs. Al-Turk for Germany

We here at PRO MMA (promma.info) told you almost two weeks ago that Mirko Filipovic would be returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in Germany. For some reason the UFC remained tight-lipped on the subject; but no more.

The UFC made the official announcement today on their website that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic will return to the Octagon against England’s Mostapha Al-Turk on the main card of “UFC 99: The Comeback” in Cologne, Germany on June 13th.

Due to a knee surgery he had earlier this year, this will mark “Cro Cop’s” first fight of 2009. The Croation stated he hopes to fight three times by year’s end. The terms and number of fights on “Cro Cop’s” contract with the UFC has not been disclosed.

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DREAM 9 results & play-by-play

DREAM 9 took place Tuesday May 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. Those who are lucky enough to have HDNet will be able to check the fights live at 5 am EST. For the rest of you, PRO MMA (promma.info) will be providing live round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the whole card.

DREAM 9 quick results

Featherweight Grand Prix
Joe Warren def. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto by split decision
Hideo Tokoro def. Abel Cullum by sub. (rear naked choke) rd2
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Yoshiro Maeda by TKO (Gn’P) rd1
Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakazu Imanari by unanimous decision
Super Hulk Tournament
Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Hunt by sub. (keylock) rd1
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Bob Sapp by sub. (Achilles lock) rd1
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Jan Nortje by TKO (Gn’P) rd1
Hong Man Choi def. Jose Canseco by TKO (Gn’P) rd1
Non-tournament bout
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Gesias Cavalcante by unanimous decision
DREAM Middleweight Championship
Jason Miller vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (no contest due to cut) rd1

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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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Cro Cop to retire in 2009?

Days removed from his victory over Hong Man Choi at K-1 Fields Dynamite!!, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced his outlook for 2009 and retirement appears to be in this plans.

In a recent interview with a Croatian newspaper, the PRIDE FC and UFC veteran mentioned he would like to fight one more time in the UFC.

“I believe that during 2009 I will fight three more times for Dream, then I hope for a farewell fight in the UFC.”

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