Sunday, January 23, 2022

DREAM On The Ropes?

By JOHN SPECHT
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

For you Dream fans out there, not only is the news of the recently canceled Light Heavyweight tournament bad enough, but word is that Dream wants to start focusing on there ratings, and in turn, local talent in Japan to showcase. This going against there history of bringing in high priced veteran “free agents” from other organizations.

It became known that DREAM's partner, Tokyo Broadcasting System, did not show interest in the light heavyweight tournament and axed the idea of airing it May 29. Nobody is sure right now on the status of rescheduling the event.

According to various reports, rumors of the cancellation started when DREAM announced the May 29 event would feature the return of a white cage used at DREAM 12, instead of the customary ring. Personally, I think this would be good move for the recently troubled promotion, as a ring has to many stoppages of action.

And for you “Kid” Yamamoto fans out there, he won't be back in action for awhile longer because of this instability for Dream.

The upcoming Strikeforce show in St. Louis will not include Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto as originally planned according to president Scott Coker.

“We had received a request from Dream to put Kid on the fight card, and at that time we felt we should oblige, but I think they had some changes in Japan with the format for May 29, and so I think he'll be fighting in Japan on May 29,” said Coker.

Yamamoto last fought at the Dynamite!! 2009 show, and lost to Masanori Kanehara by unanimous decision in his second loss in a row. Once regarded as the world's top featherweight, he was defeated by underdog Joe Warren in the quarterfinals of DREAM's grand prix this past summer. The loss was considered a huge upset and snapped a five-year, 14-fight win streak, one of the longest in the sport.

“Kids” next opponent was not yet available.

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