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DREAM Cancels Light Heavyweight Tournament; Is the Organization in Trouble?


(DREAM’s master plan of eventually having puppet-only fight cards didn’t go over as well as predicted with Japanese fans)

According to a report from Sherdog.com, DREAM has inexplicably scrapped its planned (but never officially announced) May 29 light heavyweight grand prix. The reason for the cancellation, which is the second major change to the event (organizers rescheduled the show from April 24 until they added more Korean fighters to the card to help them secure a TV deal in Korea) was loosely linked to comments made by event producer Keiichi Sasahara on Tuesday that because the event would be contested in the hexagonal cage introduced at DREAM 12, that was not used at DREAM 13, "the tournament would need to be reevaluated."

Seriously? Because some of the fighters assumed they would be fighting in a ring, you cancel the entire tournament? They have over a month to adjust to the change. The funny thing is, the fighters who will step in to fill in the card  have the same amount of time to prepare for a fight as these guys would have had to make the subtle changes to their respective game plans to prepare for a larger and differently shaped fighting surface. They’re fighters, for Crom’s sake. Shouldn’t they be prepared to fight under any circumstance? I don’t buy this excuse.


No official announcement will be made by DREAM about the tournament cancellation until next week, but Sherdog confirmed the news with the manager of one of the planned participants in the GP which was rumored to have include Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Christian M’Pumbu, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi, Thierry Rameau Sokoudjou and Gegard Mousasi.

This doesn’t surprise me since the Japanese are notorious for cancelling and signing fights with little or no notice. One big name fighter I’ve spoken to about this issue several times in the past few years, told me that on more than one occasion he has been told to get ready for a fight that didn’t happen. On one occasion, when he inquired as to why his contract didn’t arrive as promised, he was either ignored or told it was in the mail. When it didn’t arrive two weeks out from the event and he called the brass in Japan, they apologized and told him to be ready for the next show.

Another time, he was informed by a member of the MMA media who his next opponent would be and later found out that his opponent had known about the fight and had been training for over a month before he found out about it. I’m not sure if they’re just really badly organized or if the Yakuza or betting lines have anything to do with how things are run, but there’s definitely always been something shady going on in Japanese MMA.

As it stands now, the card only has four bouts signed, but should Nick Diaz be slapped with any sanctions for his part in the Strikeforce-CBS melee, they could be left without a main event as well.

Dream 14
May 29, 2010
Saitama Super Arena
Saitama, Japan

Hayato Sakurai vs. Nick Diaz
Joachim Hansen vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
Hideo Tokoro vs. Akiyo Nishiura
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Takafumi Otsuka

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Komodo- April 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm
Banned troll is banned.
Rex ftw.
BeastUnleashed- April 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Let me break this shit down for you real quick....

Luke Thomas is a fucking wishy washy little whiny faggot. Nobody gives a fuck about you and your radio show. Plus you look like a fucking pedophile.

Thsredengine is a fucking cock sucking dork. You arent friends with any mma fighters because you added them on twitter you fucking shitbird. You are the worst kind of mma fan the high and mighty fucking mr know it all moral dick weed.

Negative Nate is a fucking dumbass. He doesnt know shit about anything and just wildy speculates about everything while shitting on anything UFC does. Guy isnt even a journalist just a shit spewing fucking asshole that wont even put his real name to anything he fucking "writes".

BloodyElbow is the the faggot debate club of mma sites where they just debate nonsense in every post with their crappy opinions and then if they dont have shit to say post a pic to a faggy gif or a fucking lame internet meme picture to try and act cool. Deo Wade im talking to you faggot.

PERPATRAITOR- April 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm
here we are supposed to be talking about DREAM, and we have a troll to deal with.
I see that REX(who may speak for me on CP) said it all and has moved past this comment section. i think we should all do the same.

i will say i'm friends with all the Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Nate and Nick Diaz. On myspace(seriously). so...ummm ya homie. we are tight. we will straight up curb stomp you homie.
GET PERPATRAITED BRAAHH!!
BryanF- April 29, 2010 at 2:42 pm
Okay, you know what, I'm going to be as polite and coherent as I can for you thisredengine...

I actually took the time to read some of your fanposts on BE and I will agree with you and say that you are held in fairly high regard. You yourself admit to being an elitist and "holier than thou art" regarding new members "you don't know". That seems like a fine attitude to take in the atmosphere that BE keeps over there. You have alot of recs and it is obvious that you care what your online community thinks about what you have to say. Thusly, you carefully articulate your arguments as such.

However, here at CagePotato, we have an atmosphere that we like to protect as well. We enjoy off-the-cuff remarks that pushes the limits of appropriateness. Alot of the remarks people make are hit or miss, bad taste, or incredibly vulgar. That is perfectly fine with all of us. You however, seem to have a problem with that. You have gone out of your way to sign up to to OUR SITE and tell us how to comment on our site by self-righteously comparing it to BE.

Do you not see the hypocrisy laden in your actions? You go on for pages about how members of BE should respect the atmosphere of the site that the operators are trying to promote. Yet, you feel it is necessary to come to a different website and disrespect the different environment that CP is trying to cultivate.

I have a newsflash for you: THERE IS NO CAGEPOTATO VS BLOODYELBOW RIVALRY. Please stop trying to perpetuate one. Rather than treating MMA internet journalism as some homogenous whole where everyone is accountable for one another's actions, try to respect the fact that CP is its own website with its own perspective on MMA.

If you like, imagine BloodyElbow as CNN with Cagepotato as The Daily Show/Colbert Report. Do you think CNN really cares about the credibility of journalism as a whole because Jon Stewart made a sketch about foreign policy? I for one appreciated the rogue tactics of Mike Russell in his Gus Johnson piece. It was edgy, ballsy, and completely not the rehearsed hypothetical ponderings I see on BE.

Lastly, please stop bragging about the MMA journalists and fighters who have tweeted you as your "background" or "credentials". We have tried (in both polite and vulgar fashion) to tell you fuck off because nobody cares. It's part of their job to interact with fans. Bragging about contact with them on the internet doesn't add inches to your dick.

Sincerely,

Bryan F and the PotatoNation
dumbfucks- April 29, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Org in trouble? What's with all the retarded cageyam speculating about....
rlh61- April 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm
All this hate and discontent...and the profanity...it makes me want to...erupt into hysterical laughter! I love this effin site!
Clinch-Smash- April 29, 2010 at 1:44 pm
"look ma! no hands!"-Classic smart ass I love it!
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- April 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm
I wonder...

Would thisredengine have had it easier if he had worked his way up the commenter pecking order of CP first, by kissing everyone's ass just like he did at BE? Instead of being all "look ma! no hands!" from the start?
Clinch-Smash- April 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm
LMAO @ Viva Hate.

Hey there littleredasshole, in case you didn't get it we were all pretty happy with the response Rex put out there for us, so now all we are left with is degrading filth for you.

You can tweet that is you want i don't really care.
Viva Hate- April 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Delusions of grandeur is a mental disorder everyone, lets be above this………………ah screw it.

@LittleRedDick,
What is the short bus like? What size helmet does your giant Tito head require? Is it difficult to eat with a rubber spork? Did Jens tweet you as part of the Make-A-Wish foundation? Do you still like turtles?
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm
I don't think p. sample or CHL generated this much ill-will (ufc 84) in their first day and a half here, so I think it's safe to say littleredwagon has earned the CP award for Fagass of the Year. We're not even out of April yet.

Congratulations Dickface. Little Evil Dickface. Bloody Cunt Dickface. Prune Tracy Dick Face.
knucklesamitch- April 29, 2010 at 1:35 pm
seriously...who hypes getting tweeted to by fighters...the FUCKING POINT OF TWITTER is for famous people to respond/interact with their fans...THEY DO THAT SHIT FOR EVERYONE...It's not like you're going to hang out this weekend. Goddamn it...This is annoying, I'm going home.
Mike Milbury- April 29, 2010 at 1:34 pm
@thisredengine: Dude, he tweeted you AFTER you went out of your way to tell Jens about it and begged him to read it.

He probably thought you were an emotionally unstable man who needed a treat so you wouldn't kill yourself or perhaps stalk him and attempt to kill him. I'd laugh if Jens' response was just a sympathy tweet to appease a clearly deranged fan.
El Famous Burrito- April 29, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Jens Pulver sent me greetings in his last few fights, like Carol Burnett.

But instead of tugging his earlobe, Jens gets punched in the face. It's a thing we do.
knucklesamitch- April 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm
redengine is an attention whore...JESUS CHRIST...He got tweeted by Jens Pulver...WHO GIVES A FUCK??? Maybe if we ignore him, he'll go away.
thisredengine- April 29, 2010 at 1:23 pm
I don't know Rex so why would I suck up to him? Is he known by other MMA journalists? Does he get tweeted by MMA fighters like Jens Pulver? All I'm saying is that he's providing counter-arguments while the rest of you are just insulting me.
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- April 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm
LOL @ "aspiring brown-noser". Your mama must be proud!
just some dong- April 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm
I smell shit.

Oh, hey thisredengine. What's up?

knucklesamitch- April 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Has anyone actually heard of this ThisRedEngine...I don't think he's had a fight in the UFC.

Yeah, I went there.
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm
littleredwagon:

By all means, go tweet to Leland and get the fuck up outta here. Your ego is FAR too big for this website... and we've got some big friggin' egos around here.

We don't give a flying frog fuck what websites your posts have generated responses from. I sincerely hope you get that.

I like how you tried to suck-up to Rex too. Unfortunately for you, Rex is bright, whereas you aren't much more than an aspiring brown-noser.

Eat a big fat dick,
Jim Isaacs
Austin, Texas
thisredengine- April 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Even if he hates my guts, Rex and I are discussing our viewpoints coherently, unlike many here who are just spouting insults and profanity because they don't have my background.
Clinch-Smash- April 29, 2010 at 12:49 pm
When I envision Rex, I see a smooth 20 something leaning up against the bowling ally shareing word of wisdom to the younger crowd, telling them "littleredassholes come and go, i keep getting wiser and they stay the same age."

littleredasshole,

I can talk all day about how respected I am in the "fucking your mother" community and tell you on the interweb how many time I got your mom last night(13) and thats not going to change your opinion either.
Viva Hate- April 29, 2010 at 12:45 pm
Calling our Rex? Son, you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, you don’t spit into the wind, you don’t pull the mask of the ole Lone Ranger, and you don’t mess around with Rex.
Almost North- April 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm
Nobody cares bro
thisredengine- April 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Rex, contrary to your claims, I am well-liked by the BE staff and I twitter with Leland Rolling throughout the day. Plus, as I said in the response post at BE, my comments generated responses at BloodyElbow, WKR, MMAMANIA, and MMA4REAL. You may not like me, but I'm very respected in the MMA community.
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