(In the animal kingdom, playing dead can be considered an intelligent defense. In an MMA fight, not so much. Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)
Yesterday’s event may have been low on spectacle, but DREAM plans to come back strong for their next show. Here’s what’s on the card for DREAM.11 (October 6th, Yokohama):
— The long-awaited rubber-match between Shinya Aoki and Joachim Hansen. The two top-ten lightweights first met at PRIDE Shockwave 2006, where Aoki took out Hellboy via gogoplata. But Hansen got revenge last July, scoring a brutal TKO over Aoki at DREAM’s lightweight GP finals. Hansen has been inactive since that fight, while Aoki has gone 4-1, earning victories over Eddie Alvarez and Vitor Ribeiro, with his only loss to Hayato Sakurai in an ill-advised welterweight match.
— The semifinals and finals of DREAM’s featherweight grand prix. Bibiano Fernandes will take on Joe Warren, while Hiroyuki Takaya will face Hideo Tokoro on the other side of the bracket; the winners of each fight will collide in the finals the same night.
— The semifinals of DREAM’s freaky Super Hulk tournament. Hong Man Choi meets giant-killer Ikuhisa Minowa, and Gegard Mousasi and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou compete in a relatively legitimate clash of light-heavyweights. The finals will be held at a later date.
— A rumored bout between Gesias Cavalcante and an opponent to be named later.