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Saturday MMA Tripleheader (updated)

Saturday should be a busy day for me. I’ve got a fantasy baseball auction and then a ton of MMA to watch. Should be fun. Here’s the run down of the Tripleheader of MMA events planned for tomorrow.

SATURDAY: DREAM 1 at 3 p.m. (local time in Japan)

This weekend marks the debut of DREAM, a collaborative effort between K-1 HERO’s and former staff members of PRIDE.

The debut event will feature the first round of the new promotion’s lightweight Grand Prix and there are some awesome bouts lined up. The full card is as follows:

  • Fight 1 (non-tournament): MINOWAMAN vs. Kwan Bun Lee
  • Fight 2 (non-tournament): Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidetaka Monma
  • Fight 3 (tournament): Joachim Hansen vs. Koutetsu Boku
  • Fight 4 (tournament): Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis Buscape
  • Fight 5 (tournament): Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Umakhanov
  • Fight 6 (tournament): Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Bukyung Jung
  • Fight 7 (non-tournament): Mirko Cro Cop vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
  • Fight 8 (tournament): Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Eddie Alvarez
  • Fight 9 (tournament): Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
  • Fight 10 (tournament): Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki

The event will not be televised in North America but if you search hard enough you will find an illegal stream online.

SATURDAY: Xtreme Fighting League on HDNet at 10:30 p.m. ET

The Xtreme Fighting League will air on HDNet on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET live from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The featured fighters on the card will be three of the four members from Team Takedown. Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks, and Shane Roller will all be in action in separate bouts.

I’ve said it before, but I consider Rosholt to be the best unsigned fighter in MMA right now to have never fought for a national promotion. Two years from now he’ll easily be a top ten middleweight.

CLICK HERE more info.

SATURDAY: ICON Sport streamed on at 11 p.m. ET

Kala Kolohe will finally get his shot to bring home the ICON Sport middleweight title. While he won’t get a chance to win it from Robbie Lawler, he will be competing for the vacated title against Phil Baroni. I’m not sure Kolohe has much of a ground game but Baroni has made it clear this week that his goal is to knock Kolohe out standing. We’ll see because this will be a slugfest and I believe Kolohe actually has the advantage when it comes to punching power. Baroni is the more recognizable name, but I consider Kolohe the favorite.

CLICK HERE for the full fight card and for more information on how to view the free stream.

Update: The latest word is that the ICON stream will also be available on The Fight Network.

  • MJC_123 says:

    Exactly my man….

  • Zack says:

    For the record, I’m picking Eddie Alvarez to win the whole tournament. I think the only way he loses is by close decision where a “favorite son” gets the nod (think Nog over Ricco).

  • Rex says:

    Anyone know what the time difference between pacific time and Japan is?

  • bjjdenver says:

    To bad Dreams isn’t available, i would have paid for the ppv.

    Icon by stream only, should have been on Showtime.

    Looks like XFL on HDNet for me, in addition to the Manny Pacquiao fight. Pacman is one of a very few boxers I will still pay to watch.

    I just really feel Dreams is missing out on an opportunity here. North American fans are slowly coming around to the idea that UFC isn’t the only org out there and are quite curious about grand prix matches. Looking at all of that LW talent, I think they really could have marketed and sold this in NA.

  • egad81 says:

    Cro Cop by TKO its official

  • Derek B. says:

    I watched the fight. Cro Cop still doesn’t look the same.


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