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Denis Kang pulled from DREAM.5 lineup

m_26ff9f1f3942ea55ce646bb04a3c29cd.jpg Middleweight fighter Denis Kang, who had been attached to the DREAM.5 card that’s set to take place on July 21, has been removed from the show without an official reason being provided by event organizers. reported the development earlier this week.

An opponent for Kang had never been announced, however he had been advertised for the card by DREAM.

Kang, at one time a near-consensus top-ten middleweight, has fallen on hard times recently, losing three out of his last four fights. A veteran of PRIDE, he is 0-2 since signing with DREAM and its predecessor, K-1 HERO’s.

Fighting for K-1 HERO’s last October, Kang suffered a first round knockout loss to Yoshihiro Akiyama. He returned to the ring for his DREAM debut at DREAM.2 in April, submitting to a triangle choke by striking specialist Gegard Mousasi at 3:10 of round 1.

The loss knocked Kang out of the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix in only the first round. He had been considered one of the favorites heading into the tournament.

According to previous reports, Kang has just one fight remaining on his contract with DREAM. However, despite training hard for DREAM.5, he did not express any hard feelings and apparently wants to continue fighting for the promotion.

“I want to stay with them, I have no problem with them,” Kang was quoted as saying by MMA Weekly’s Tom Hamlin. “I don’t know that any organization can be perfect. I understand that’s just the way business goes. You have to remember, FEG is running K-1 and K-1 Max, K-1 Heavyweight and DREAM at the same time. So I know they’re busy. It’s just very frustrating.”

If Kang does not re-sign with DREAM, he will likely still draw considerable interest on the open market in spite of his recent losing streak.

  • Davey D says:

    I wonder if he feels he should’ve signed with the UFC when he had the chance. His stock was really high one year ago. It still is and he can still end up there but. It just seems he could’ve cashed in more so then as apposed to now.

    I could be wrong. Thoughts? Also, wasn’t Kang slated to be on TUF 1 and something happened?

  • MMA Man Up says:

    This sucks I was looking forward to seeing him fight on Dream 5. I’ve always liked Kang. I hope he is able to turn things around and rip off a winning streak.

  • James Kosior says:

    Kang… hmmm.. Well, They should ask Jason Miller
    to fill the vacancy… Kang may be back on another venue…?
    Miller should be invited back; he’s a good fighter and performer.
    Anyway.. .
    Shalllow beecie bay who.

  • Josh Daniels says:

    I knew Kang before he started fighting. I heard he cant fight in the USA. Can anyone confirm this. Also Kang was sort of a troubled kid…perhaps the death of his girlfriend has something to do with his recent loss. Can anyone confirm..I am concerned about someone I once considered to be a friend of mine.


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