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DREAM Releases Fight Order for Epic 5/26 Card + More Japanese GP News

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Maybe the word "epic" is overused on the Internet. Certainly we’ve been guilty of using it vain when "totally sweet" would have sufficed. But I think "epic" really does apply to DREAM.9 (May 26th, Yokohama) which contains the quarterfinals of DREAM’s "Super Hulk Tournament" and Featherweight Grand Prix, as well as a great lightweight feature between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gesias Cavalcante, and the middleweight title fight between Jason Miller and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

The show will be broadcast in North America on HDNet Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. ET/2 a.m. PT, and while I’m not really down with farmer’s hours, I might have to watch this one live (and maybe even liveblog it) — especially since it’ll also represent an emotional farewell to HDNet. Right, so DREAM.9′s official fight order will be…

Middleweight Title Fight:
10. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller

Featherweight GP Quarterfinal Fights:
9. Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto vs. Joe Warren
8. Masakazu Imanari vs. Bibiano Fernandes
7. Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
6. Abel Cullum vs. Hideo Tokoro

Lightweight Fight:
5. Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Gesias Cavalcante

Super Hulk Tournament 1st Round:
4. Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt
3. Jan Nortje vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
2. Hong Man Choi vs. Jose Canseco
1. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa vs. Bob Sapp

Look at any of the above matchups and ask yourself: Will you not be entertained? Speaking of Japanese grand prixs…

— DREAM has also announced the two semifinal matchups for its far-less-epic welterweight tournament, which will be part of the DREAM.10 lineup (July 20th; Saitama, Japan). Hayato Sakurai will be facing Marius Zaromskis, while jiu-jitsu dynamo Andre Galvao will be submitting taking on Jason High. The winners of these fights will face each other in the finals later that same night. Joachim Hansen is also slated to defend his DREAM lightweight title against Shinya Aoki at the event. It will be the third time that Hansen and Aoki have fought; their series is currently tied at 1-1.

— Sengoku’s own highly entertaining featherweight grand prix will have its semifinal and final rounds at Sengoku 9 on August 2nd. As usual, the tournament favorites are conveniently placed on opposite sides of the bracket, with Hatsu Hioki scheduled to face Masanori Kanehara in the semis, and Marlon Sandro slated against underdog’s underdog Michihiro Omigawa.

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TheFeniX- May 22, 2009 at 9:41 am
Earlier today I was talking to my buddy
Paul. He didn't seem to worked up about this.
In retrospect, I can't blame him.
Can't wait for the fight though.
bitteralex- May 20, 2009 at 10:02 pm
man dream is going to be heroic... the lineup for the event is going to be larger-than-life...
can't wait for the matches as they seem very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary (especially in size or scale)

and the start of the featherweight tourney is absolutely legendary...

heroic poem.
just some dong- May 20, 2009 at 6:24 pm
Man, I wish I had HDNet.

Man, I wish the UFC would do some sort of tourney someday.


Lysol- May 20, 2009 at 6:02 pm
PingPong = Fail.
d0zer- May 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm
The poster looks like a bunch of kids with poor posture.
Jugger- May 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Man, Soku's star fizzled fast, di'nt it?
PingPong- May 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm
They are really throwing Canseco into the deep end of the pool! Maybe the Epic Jason Guida could be one of the Super Hulk alternates.
ScrambledEggs- May 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Epic fits the Super Hulk Tournament perfectly.
Lysol- May 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm
General rule for future usage of "epic": If it doesn't involve a combination of at least two of the following, it is not epic: Jose Canseco, Bob Sapp, Kimbo Slice, Gary Shaw, $kala Shaw, War Machine, Gay Clubs, Tank Abbott, Ken Shamrock, flying bears, Nazis, Dinosaurs.

List subject to change.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- May 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm
I need HDNet really, really, really bad... or avoiding CP until I can download DREAM9 on the interwebz...
ben- May 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm
@ ArmFarmer:Ha!  Maybe we should declare an official moratorium on "epic" on this site. At least for one week...
ArmFarmer- May 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Wow my first reaction when I saw that title was to shake my head and think to myself "If I see or hear the word epic one more time..." Then I read the first line of the article lol. I FUCKING HATE THAT WORD