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:
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
Micah Miller: American Top Team fighter who went 2-2 in the WEC.
Joe Warren: Greco Roman wrestling world champion who missed the 2008 Olympics due to positive tests for marijuana.
Related: Sengoku is also putting together a featherweight tournament, which will reportedly feature #6-ranked featherweight Hatsu Hioki, Marlon Sandro and Ronnie Mann.