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Matt Lindland could be headed to DREAM

According to Denis Kang in an article by The Fight Network, the word making the rounds is that former UFC middleweight Matt Lindland is on the verge of signing with Japanese-based promotion DREAM, a collaboration between FEG and former staff members of PRIDE:

“I want to win the grand prix,” Kang said. “Now they’ve got Akiyama, [Melvin] Manhoef, [Zelg] Galesic, [Kazushi] Sakuraba, Dong Sik Yoon … and I heard that Matt Lindland is going to be signing with them. There are a lot of good fighters I want to fight right there.”

Kang is set to make his debut for DREAM on April 29 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan when the promotion kicks off its middleweight Grand Prix event. He goes on to add that the subsequent rounds of the tournament are tentatively scheduled for June and September.

The former PRIDE middleweight appears to be happy that K-1 HERO’s has been dissolved in favor of the new promotion:

“I don’t know what K-1’s problem was,” Kang said. “They’re a big company. It’s not like they don’t know what they’re doing. I don’t know if they were doing too much with running Hero’s and regular K-1 [shows], but it seemed to me like they were very disorganized.”

  • slimm says:

    kang v linland thats a good fight

  • Jeremy says:

    Can’t wait for their first event, that lightweight grand prix looks excellent as expected. Does anyone have any ideas on if or when they will get a tv deal in japan? And if we will be able to see the event here in the states?

  • Grape Knee High says:

    I’m sure DREAM will continue in PRIDE and HERO’s quests to have Sakuraba killed in the ring by having him fight Melvin Manhoef in the first round. The last thing he should be doing at this point in his career is weather a Manhoef storm to earn a submission win.

  • samscaff says:

    They already have a TV deal in japan. Heros/K1 has a long term contract with TBS i believe.

  • Kogepan says:

    hopefully HDnet will be airing the fights like with Yarennoka. Dreams probably don’t have the pull to be doing PPV in the US like with Pride before.

    –> if HDNet does the Dreams + WVR shows, lets hope they send Bas over to commentate!

  • Evan says:

    “hopefully HDnet will be airing the fights like with Yarennoka. Dreams probably don’t have the pull to be doing PPV in the US like with Pride before.”

    They will have the next Fedor fight.

    By the end of 2008 “HDNet Fights” will astound the fans on what non UFC events they have shown. Mark my words they have a lot up their sleeves for the fans.

  • adam Lightfield says:

    They need to get Cyborg Santos over there so he and Manhoef can have a rematch of their epic battle.

  • OWGrandPrix2008 says:

    OWGP 2008
    Fedor Emelianenko
    Alexandre Emlianenko
    Randy “the Natural” Couture
    Andre “the Pitbull” Arlovski
    Mark Hunt
    Mirko “CroCop” Filopich
    Jeff “the Snowman” Monson
    Josh Barnett


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