HEIWA DREAM 7 Featherweight Grand Prix: 1st Round will be held on March 8th, 2009 at “The Saitama Super Arena” and will be followed on April 5 with an event at the Nihon Gaishi Kaisha (NGK) Insulators Hall in Nagoya.
The March card will mark the beginning of the featherweight grand prix while the April card will see the DREAM welterweight grand prix kick off.
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Doors open at 3PM
Event starts at 4PM
There are two types of Grand Prix tournaments:
The concept of a grand prix tournament is to find the best fighter in a certain weight class. The tournament is usually held across two events. The first round of a grand prix usually features 8 fights in a selected weight class. The winners of the opening round of fights will face off in tournament style bouts at a second PPV. The semi-finals and finals take place on the same night, meaning that fighters will fight two times in one night. The winner is crowned the grand prix champion of that weight class.
The second type of grand prix is usually the more anticipated type – the open weight grand prix. The rules and format are the same with the only difference being that there are no weight restrictions.
DREAM (JP only) is a mixed martial arts organization promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group and co-produced with the former Pride Fighting Championships executives from Dream Stage Entertainment. It is the sister promotion of K-1 kick boxing. Dream replaced FEG’s previous-run mixed martial arts fight series, Hero’s. The series retains many of the stylistic flourishes and personnel from Pride FC broadcasts, including fight introducer Lenne Hardt. In America, the promotion is aired on Mark Cuban’s HDNet.
For those of you who don’t know, the talkative blogger Mark Cuban was charged with insider trading in Nov. of 2008. According to the SEC, Cuban dumped 600,000 shares, or all of his 6.3% stake, in the search engine Mamma.com Inc., in June 2004 after learning about private financing that the company was proposing. By selling, he avoided losing $750,000, the SEC alleges.
The full Dream 7 MMA results are below:
Masakazu Iminari beat Atsushi Yamamoto by split decision
Hiroyuki Takaya beat Jong Won Kim by second-round TKO (punches)
Yoshiro Maeda beat Micah Miller by unanimous decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri beat Ross Ebanez by first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Shinya Aoki beat David Gardner by first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Mitsuhiro Ishida beat Daisuke Nakamura by unanimous decision
Abel Cullum beat Akiyo Nishiura by unanimous decision
Joe Warren beat Chase Beebe by first-round TKO (cut)
Bibiano Fernandes beat Takafumi Otsuka by unanimous decision
Here are a few ring girl photos. I think these girls blow away the UFC chicks!
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Here are my thoughts about the day. Feel free to comment back if you agree or disagree:
* I was impressed by Abel Cullum of New Mexico. He smothered his opponent and didn’t let him breath for a second. I spoke with his pops in the stands and he said that he came into the fight with an injured right forearm. He gave a great effort in the ring injured or not. After the fight he walked around the stands with his WEC belt over his shoulder which was a too little much for me though.
* The Masakazu Iminari vs. Atsushi Yamamoto fight could have gone either way. I would have liked to see more action and less showboating by Iminari. I also would have liked to see the Krazy Bee fighter advance since I’m friends with the guys from that gym. Oh well…Kid is going to win the whole thing anyway.
* Joe Warren did a good job and he held his own against Chase Beebe who had a nice gash in his eyebrow I believe which was the cause of the stoppage. Good going Joe!
* Ross Ebanez didn’t make weight but his opponent agreed to fight anyway. Ross started with a yellow card but he got choked out anyway so it doesn’t matter.
* The Korean guy, Jong Won Kim, was totally boring and I hope I never see him fight in MMA again. Stick to Judo buddy!
* David Gardner should not be allowed to fight again. He is a complete idiot and I hope he learned his lesson that there isn’t time for games in the ring. Really, what was the point of him waving his arm in the air letting all the fans know that he was OK? Oh, wait a minute… maybe you’re not OK dipshit. I’m glad he got choked. The least he could have done was NOT TAP and just go to sleep.