If you read the headlines, then you know that MMA in Japan is dead. The large promotions have been having money problems due to the paltry number of big stars. However, the sport is still alive. The U.S. soccer team embarrassed themselves yet again at the last World Cup, is soccer now dead in this country?
Dream has announced the fighters for their world bantamweight grand prix. The list includes former champions, WEC veterans and top prospects.
DREAM.17 “Fight for Japan” featured two title fights and the 2011 DREAM bantamweight grand prix finals on Saturday, July 16, at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
With John Buhl out of town, Richard Anderson Mann takes the reigns and breaks down the entire Dream “Japan Bantamweight Grand Prix Final” card. Find out who is going to win before the card even happens.
DREAM 17 is scheduled to take place July 16 at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan. The event will feature the “Fight for Japan 2011 Dream Bantamweight GP Final” featuring Hideo Tokoro vs. Masakazu Imanari.
Due to his success in the Dream tournament, Masakazu Imanari has walked away from his Deep title. Hiroshi Nakamura and Takafumi Otsuka will fight for the now-vacant belt.
“DREAM: Fight for Japan” took place May 29 in Saitama, Japan, and saw Shinya Aoki submit Rich Clementi, and Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro advance to the DREAM Bantamweight GP finals.
Fighting Entertainment Group has determined the match ups for the upcoming Japan Bantamweight Grand Prix. The first-round of the tournament takes place May 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.