(Cro Cop still without an opponent for DREAM 1.)
The new Japanese DREAM organization from FEG and DSE has announced – via press conference and their website – the addition of three more fights to their debut event, DREAM 1, on March 15th. The show will of course go down in Japan.
Gesias “JZ” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki has already been announced for DREAM’s 16-man lightweight tourney, and now they have added Tatsuya Kawajiri against Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill, Joachim Hansen versus Kotetsu Boku, and Kazuyuki Miyata facing Luiz Firmino. Andre Amade, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Caol Uno, Gilbert Melendez, Artur Oumakhanov, and Jung Bu-Kyung, are all expected to fight in the tournament as well but opponents have not been named.
Aside from the Lightweight Grand Prix, Cro Cop may also fight at the event. No opponent has been named, although it’s being reported that Ray Sefo has turned down the fight – via the Xtreme Couture blog. The fighter didn’t feel he had enough time to prepare since the match was just offered to him last week. He does hope to fight Cro Cop, maybe even this summer. So a Cro Cop fight is still up in the air for March 15th.
The format for DREAM’s fights: 10-minute first rounds, 5-minute second rounds. This was the format PRIDE used and as you know, some of the same dudes behind PRIDE has helped put DREAM together.
Here’s a look at where DREAM 1 stands:
Kultar Gill v Tatsuya Kawajiri
Luiz Firmino v Kazuyuki Miyata
Koutetsu Boku v Joachim Hansen
Shinya Aoki v Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
Caol Uno v ???
Andre Amade v ???
Gilbert Melendez v ???
Artur Oumakhanov v ???
Jung Bu-Kyung v ???
Mitsuhiro Ishida v ???
Tickets are now available. (Props MMA Weekly)