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DREAM Finally Announces First Event of 2011; Japan Bantamweight GP Slated for 5/29

(Imanari and Aoki: The [lady-]boys are back in town.)

While Sengoku’s tail-spin has been Dynamite!! 2010 on New Year’s Eve. The silence was broken today at a press conference in Japan, where DREAM organizers announced a May 29th event at the Saitama Super Arena — the promotion’s first show of 2011.

DREAM.17 will feature the quarterfinals and semifinals of their Japan Bantamweight tournament, which will feature the following native competitors: Hideo Tokoro, Masakazu Imanari, Kenji Osawa, Darren Uyenoyama, Keisuke Fujiwara, Atsushi Yamamoto, Takafumi Otsuka, and Yoshiro Maeda.

According to Nightmare of Battle, the finals and third-place fight (between the losing semi-finalists) will take place at a subsequent event in July. The winner and loser of the final match and the winner of the third-place fight will advance to the DREAM World Bantamweight Tournament (date TBA). N.o.B passes along even more details…

- The tournament’s bantamweight limit will be 61kg/134.5lbs.

- Possible participants in non-GP matches at the May 29th event are Mitsuhiro Ishida, Joachim Hansen, Shinya Aoki (who confirmed his participation here), Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura, Katsunori Kikuno, and Caol Uno.

- The event will be scaled-back compared to previous events, using the “hall” configuration of the Super Arena, which seats 7,000. Production of the event will be kept to a minimum. Television broadcast plans are still in the works at this point.

- A ‘Fight for Japan’ t-shirt will be sold at the events, with proceeds benefitting earthquake relief.

- DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara says they’ll continue their fighter exchange with Strikeforce and Scott Coker.

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sendy2- April 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm good shopping web
fatbellyfrank- April 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm
WTF is with that schoolgirl uniform??????
RwilsonR- April 15, 2011 at 10:12 am
Imanari was like an early cross between Aoki and Palhares. He has the leg locks of Paul, but the butt-scoot of Aoki.
intercept440- April 15, 2011 at 9:23 am
ok...ok... i know the japs are into some wierd shit over there....but this is to much. aoki is a wierd he is going to be sporting a hello kitty tat
agentsmith- April 15, 2011 at 9:08 am
Not a single guy on that list is even in the top 20. That belt might as well be made out of origami.
dranokills- April 15, 2011 at 8:00 am
can't get dagnut off my jock!
ReX13- April 15, 2011 at 7:48 am
Good year for bantamweight action.
LOKI- April 15, 2011 at 7:46 am
Tuggernuts- April 15, 2011 at 7:42 am
He's totally balls deep in Aoki's ear