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DREAM Featherweight GP Field Nearly Complete

(Masakazu Imanari during his win over Mike Brown at DEEP 22 in December 2005. Photo courtesy of stephenfactory.)

DREAM’s next multi-event grand prix kicks off at DREAM 7 (March 8th; Saitama, Japan), featuring featherweights; the exact weight limit will be either 63 or 63.5 kilograms, which is closer to 140 pounds than the 145-pound Western definition of the weight class. According to Nightmare of Battle, eleven fighters have been officially announced so far. Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto’s participation is still a question mark, though he’d probably get seeded to the second round if he signs on. Here’s what the field is looking like currently:

Masakazu Imanari: #5-ranked featherweight. Is the reigning Cage Rage World Featherweight champion, and DEEP Bantamweight champion.

Hiroyuki Takaya: Shooto/K-1 vet who most recently fought for the WEC, where he has lost consecutive fights to Leonard Garcia and Cub Swanson.

Takafumi Otsuka: DEEP/Fury FC vet

Hideo Tokoro: Has had nearly 40 career fights, with three appearances at DREAM events. Most recently lost to Daisuke Nakamura at Dynamite!! 2008 on New Year’s Eve. Holds wins over Alexandre Franca Nogueira and Royler Gracie; once fought Royce Gracie to a draw.

Akiyo "Wicky Akiyo" Nishiura: Shooto/GCM Cage Force vet

Atsushi Yamamoto: Described as Norifumi Yamamoto‘s protégé, though they’re not actually related. Multiple fights in Pancrase and Shooto. Has only won 3 of his 18 fights by stoppage.

Bibiano Fernandes: Decorated BJJ champ who has only competed in five MMA matches in the last five years, taking losses to Urijah Faber and Kid Yamamoto.

Micah Miller: American Top Team fighter who went 2-2 in the WEC.

Chase Beebe: Former WEC bantamweight champ who was dethroned by Miguel Torres last February, then left the organization after dropping a decision to Will Ribeiro.

Joe Warren: Greco Roman wrestling world champion who missed the 2008 Olympics due to positive tests for marijuana.

Kim Jong Won: Former judo Olympian who has been training for his MMA debut with Dong Sik Yoon.

A twelfth spot in the GP will be decided by a DEEP match next week between Shoji Maruyama and Daiki "DJ Taiki" Hata.

Related: Sengoku is also putting together a featherweight tournament, which will reportedly feature #6-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki, Marlon Sandro and Ronnie Mann.

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TUF Guy's entire family- February 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm
please...somebody fuck him up
he always gets piss drunk at our reunions and hits on his cousin Susan
he has a real problem
lilpo0ts- February 16, 2009 at 8:27 am
wow what an epeen contest. how about this..shut up. and if any of you guys were serious there would have been something already. fight each other on instant messenger or something. and if any of you guys have any thing to in northern va im too broke to travel but i will gouge your eyes out and kick you in the nuts until evolution gives you a uterus. i can fight but i would rather do that to give you something to post on here about..
The Ventriloquist- February 6, 2009 at 10:47 am
LMAO at anon what a fucking tool
Anonymous- February 5, 2009 at 5:08 pm
I agree Miller vs. Imanari in the final.
I also agree with Howard Stern wanting to abuse Rachelle Leah with my huge penis!
Anonymous- February 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

For the article I beleive the tourny will have Miller and Imanari in the finals.
BM2- February 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm
What the hell is with this ridiculous internet drama. The news of Imanari, Tokoro, and Wicky Akiyo must be getting everyone FIRED up
zeke- February 5, 2009 at 2:21 pm
Anybody who challenges somebody that they met online to a fight in the real world is a douche in my books. I think TUF Guy fits into that category.
Jimbroni- February 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm
LMAO!!!! Awesome Interview!
pierre larouche- February 5, 2009 at 11:35 am
I dont want encourage the delusional types like TUF Guy who probably werent breast fed as kids or something but
Capn Says had the best comment Ive seen in a while:

"He's not funny, not shocking, not daring, not anything. He's like eating tofu."

Youre a fucking poet Capn.

Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 11:01 am
? I didn't write that you idiot...
Clozer Sucks- February 5, 2009 at 10:52 am
well, u found it worth reading and worth commentating on. rofl!
Clozer- February 5, 2009 at 10:38 am
That wasn't even funny? Somoene actually wasted the time to type that for what reason? Great work Kadumel. You are the only one that would starve for attention that much.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW- February 5, 2009 at 10:33 am
Ben: So why are you such a douche?
TUF Guy: Oh, because my dad's one too.

Ben: Why are you so angry at the world?
TUF Guy: Because I'm ugly and have a small penis.

Ben: So why do u post so much if you hate this site?
TUF Guy: I think it's because I have nothing else to do, and I'm basically just looking for the attention I never got when I was a kid.

Ben: Do you actually train as much as you say you do?
TUF Guy: Actually, no. But I do play with my trainset a lot at home. It's great. Keeps me occupied and it's really fun.

Ben: So what would you do if someone actually showed up looking for you?
TUF Guy: Um, probably apologize and try to make a new friend. That's how I got my wicked train set. My new friend, his name is Serb Guy by the way. He felt so sorry for me that he bought it for me.

Ben: I see. So do you have anything you want to say to the potato nation?
TUF Guy: Yea, sure. I'm sorry for being such a jerk. I'm really a nice guy. I just have a hard time making friends. I was hoping to get a lot of laughs and meet new and interesting people. I apologize to Old, Bald & Irish, Machete for hands, Kadumel, Serb Guy, and of course you Ben, for my tasteless racist remarks. Sorry if I offended anyone else.

Ben: Thank you very much for taking the time to talk to us. Any last words or shout outs?
TUF Guy: No problem, I wasn't doing anything anyways. I usually just wait for responses from people. Thanks for talking to me and listening to my side of the story. I have no one to shout out.
Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 10:03 am
How awesome would it be for the Ben's to do an exclusive interview with a certain amateur fighter... Say, TUF GUY!! : )
HAHAHA- February 5, 2009 at 10:00 am
Damn! TUF Guy is FUGLY!
TUF Guy's Dad- February 5, 2009 at 10:00 am
@ Kadumel

Good find man! LOL. What a effin douche.
TUF Guy likes fat chicks- February 5, 2009 at 9:57 am
I also like to ride my Honda Davidson! Seriously bro, a Shadow???? Come on!!!!
Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 9:52 am
Ahahah I just found TUF Guy's myspace!
Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 9:52 am
Everyone check the forums. I put up how to get to his myspace there. He is the one from Alsip Illinois.

Nice pix with fat chix. You = phail.
TUF Guy- February 5, 2009 at 9:48 am
First of all, it's a $30 entrance fee because you're not a member. I know every member, so I know you're not one. Secondly, u can stay at my place while you're here. After I put u to sleep, I'll throw u in my basement until you're ready to go home with your tail between your legs. Finally, congratulations on finding my myspace, I only posted it up here for u idiots.
Howard Stern- February 5, 2009 at 9:43 am
I want to do dirty things to this Rachelle Leah chick.
I don't understand why you jack off's are discussing these little fighters when you could be discussing things like banging Rachelle Leah or the one with the big flapjack's Gina Carano.
TUF Guy- February 5, 2009 at 9:42 am
@ Kadumel

Wow. 7 Years? LOL. I'm begging u to come and demonstrate your wrestling skills. I'll even pay for your admission. Just tell them you're here for TUF Guy. Bring Serb Guy too. I'll take on the both of u shitheads.
Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 9:40 am
Rofl you realize that I live in Texas which is not exactly accomodating me by paying a $10 entrance fee right?
TUF Guy- February 5, 2009 at 9:39 am
@ Kadumel

Another win for TUF Guy. U losers like to talk a lot of smack but can never back it up. Even when I'm willing to accommodate u, u turn down the offer like the pathetic loser that u are.
Kadumel- February 5, 2009 at 9:37 am
Sorry I don't live anywhere near Chicago, and on top of that I heard you were only like 5'9 at 175 so I would tower over you and have 40 pounds on you. Thanks for the offer though!