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Dream Light-Heavyweight Grand Prix Canceled

DREAM’s scheduled Light-Heavyweight Grand Prix will not take place according to various reports, notably Josh Gross from Sports Illustrated.

The tournament was set to begin at the May 29 DREAM event, but that no longer seems to be the case.

The tournament was rumored to feature Gegard Mousasi, Renato Sobral, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and possibly King Mo.

The current story going around is that DREAM wanted TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting Station) to help foot the bill for the light-heavyweight fighters. TBS refused, citing that they would help pay if there would be some big name Japanese fighters on the card.

There is reportedly zero interest in the headlining bout: a Strikeforce vs. DREAM grudge match between Nick Diaz and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai. The promotion has even announced the return of the hexagonal cage that helped draw interest in Dream 12. Rumors have been floating around that FEG, TBS, and Real Entertainment are having a hard-time getting along, due to declining ratings for FEG presented events.

This is coming off of ASTRA promoter Takahiro Kokuho’s claims that the Japanese MMA scene is in bad shape citing the amount of sponsors that both FEG and Sengoku have lost over the last year. FieLDS, the annual sponsor of K-1’s New Years Eve extravaganza has reportedly pulled sponsorship out of FEG events. FieLDS is considered to be on of the bigger sponsors for Dream and K-1 events.

Are dark days coming for Japan MMA?

6 COMMENTS
  • Angry Mike says:

    Why is MMA and/or Dream struggling in Japan? Any theories/rumors?

  • Kuch says:

    The economy is probably part of the reason. Pride was big when their economy was booming. I also think MMA sort of peaked in Japan before it did in the US. Pride was cutting edge in some was, whereas DREAM is a lackluster substitute.

  • Nooooo. I was looking forward to this event. I think part of the problem is general disinterest by the public in Japanese MMA. A few interviews done with Japanese fighters have had this common trend where they all mentioned interest has been in decline, unfortunately.

  • twyg says:

    And another promotion bites the dust. Granted they haven’t closed up shop yet, but when you cancel an event due to lack of intrest and sponsers; one of your best fighters just got treated in the states it is only a matter of time before they are finished

  • Rece Rock says:

    This was going to be a pretty cool tourney… A lot of good fighters names were thrown in the hat, that’s dissapointing, especially since I rarely look forward to anything dream announces,but this sounded promising.

  • Guthookd says:

    This was going to be a pretty cool tourney… A lot of good fighters names were thrown in the hat, that’s dissapointing, especially since I rarely look forward to anything dream announces,but this sounded promising.  (Quote)

    Agreed. It looked good, but really only because it would have been the equivolent of a SF event basically.

    Good bye Dream….you were nice.

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