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DREAM abandons two-round format for standard structure starting in September

One of Japan’s foremost MMA promotions made a move into the modern era earlier today when DREAM officials announced a major change to their in-ring operations pertaining to the way fights are structured.

Starting September 24 in coordination with the company’s DREAM 17 event, all frames will be five minutes rather than handled in the style made popular by PRIDE involving an opening round of ten with any additional periods lasting half as long. This will also pertain to championship clashes where a 5×5 format will be adopted in comparison to the 3×5 used for non-title bouts.

Additionally interesting, though not formally announced, the company hinted at the likelihood of Shinya Aoki seeing action on the card with a “foreigner” standing opposite from him in the ring.

While Aoki’s future remains a mystery, one match-up was mentioned in the company’s statements between former Shooto champions Caol Uno (26-14-5) and “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (20-5) with a shot at Hiroyuki Takaya’s featherweight belt likely on the line.

Uno, a UFC and K-1 veteran, recently snapped a rough patch with a Unanimous Decision win in May, adding to an impressive run over a fifteen-year career featuring similar success against a number of notable fighters such as Yves Edwards and Mitsuhiro Ishida.

The colorful Inoue is coming off back-to-back TKOs and holds past victories over Antonio Carvalho, Rumina Sato, and Cole Miller. He has finished thirteen of his opponents including nine as the result of his significant striking ability.