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DREAM’s “World Superman Championship” Will Be the Greatest MMA Freak Show in History

(Photo courtesy of Kamipro via N.o.B.)

Faced with sub-par TV ratings, DREAM is responding by giving Japanese MMA fans what they need — complete and utter insanity. The lineup for DREAM.9 (May 26th, Yokohama, Japan) is already stacked with the quarterfinals for their featherweight GP, the middleweight title fight between Jason Miller and Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, and a lightweight feature between Gesias Cavalcante and Tatsuya Kawajiri. But according to Nightmare of Battle, the event will also host the first round of DREAM’s new "Super Hulk Tournament – World Superman Championship" open-weight grand prix. Are you sitting down? Good. Because these matchups may shock you…

Bob Sapp (200cm/147.6kg) vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa (175cm/87kg)
Jan “The Giant” Nortje (211cm/149.5kg) vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (182cm/93kg)
Gegard Mousasi (186cm/97.8kg) vs. Mark Hunt (178cm/130.4kg)
Hong Man Choi (218cm/148.5kg) vs. Jose Canseco (188cm/109kg)

Holy Crap. I don’t even know where to start. Let’s just take this fight by fight…

— A freak-show veteran, Minowaman has spent much of his career battling behemoths like Giant Silva, Butterbean, and Zuluzinho, but for some reason he’s never crossed paths with Sapp. This matchup is an obvious throwback to PRIDE’s open-weight David vs. Goliath features. It’s hard to predict if Sapp will club Minowaman to death, or if Minowa will run circles around Sapp then catch him in a submission that causes the Beast to leave the ring in tears.

— Jan Nortje is the superheavyweight kickboxer who fought Sapp in Strikeforce last February, and made him look like an absolute bitch. Sokoudjou is the UFC washout who has lost three of his last four fights because he’s garbage on the ground. Though the African Assassin won’t have to worry about his opponent’s jiu-jitsu in this match, the sheer size of Nortje might be a challenge. Still, smaller guys have whipped Nortje in the past

— Gegard Mousasi vacated his DREAM middleweight title in order to compete at light-heavyweight, and has said he’d like to move up to heavyweight eventually. Well, no time like the present, right? Hunt gained legendary status for his kickboxing run in K-1 and classic PRIDE victories over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop, but he’s lost his last four MMA bouts, and suffered his first-ever knockout at the hands of Melvin Manhoef on New Year’s Eve. Could the Super Samoan’s granite chin be cracking? Maybe, but if Hunt still has his knockout power, it could be a rough night for Mousasi.

— And finally, Hong Man Choi vs. Jose Canseco: The pituitary case vs. the steroid snitch celebrity boxer. Choi most recently lost to Mirko Cro Cop at Fields Dynamite!! 2008, while Canseco boxed to a draw against Danny Bonaduce in January. It’s the kind of fight that gives freak shows a bad name. Expect extreme sloppiness. And expect the winner to get their shit completely pushed in during the semi-finals.

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phaderlanx- May 6, 2009 at 9:32 am
does anyone have any info for us in the states who want to get this on ppv? I really dont want to miss it.... may 26 is a tues, so that would be our monday night, yeah?
Anonymous- May 1, 2009 at 7:56 am
Is it really mma if everyone has to fight in the same weight class?
Open weight fights are awsome.
Harry Seaward- May 1, 2009 at 12:50 am
Wow! That cardboard Minowa looks so realistic.
Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Fedor fought Choi, now he should fight Sapp, Nortje, Giant Silva, Sokudjou, Overrem. Just great. Who else is there? Crocop? Oh, no. Fedor better run. lol. but seriously Crocop is the most dangerous fighter Fedor has ever faced. Time to step up, Fedor. Gotta fight some more superheavies. Personally, I think Fedor should fight people that said that Fedor ducked them, that is, Sapp and Silva. After that Fedor should fight teenage mutant ninja turtles, but I don't know their skill level without weapons. Monson is underrated as a grappler, and underrated as a fighter, but the ref did mess up Sergei's position when Monson had the choke. The ref should apologize. I'm really interested to see how good Crocop really is after the surgeries. Only one way to find out: if he's wearing tights, he's back. 20-minute fight is not enough, could the Japanese make it a 30-minute fight; that'd be great. Imagine no time limit at all. Then what would Fedor's strategy be against Noguiera? His loss to Mir devalued his whole career. How come he even took the fight if he was in the hospital 20 days prior to the fight? Mir thinks he's too smart for us, maybe he should fight Fedor in Japan with soccer kicks and foot stomps. Anderson Silva should move up to fight open weight in Japan. Why? I really want to know his real weight, lol. How can a man be able to fight in 170-230 range? That's just crazy. And to close it out: No injuries or worries to anybody just like Fedor intended to say it, but the translator-lawyer messed it up again, lol.
HillBilly- April 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm
No cartoon characters this time? Oh wait, Bob Sapp.

Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm
kyle maynard has dual knee surgery that day.

tennis elbow as well
Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm
Ummm..I would pound the shit out of Jose Canfako...what does he think he is doing....this is a joke right?????An ex boxer made a fool of him and now he is going to fight a dude that my 6ft 6" ass can barely reach...I hope he gets hurt really really bad.
Bill C.- April 30, 2009 at 3:43 pm
pierre larouche- April 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm
HEIWA DREAM.9 Featherweight GP 2009 2nd Round
Date: May 26th, 2009
Place: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan

Super Hulk Tournament 1st Round Fights:
Bob Sapp (200cm/147.6kg) vs. Minowaman (175cm/87kg)
Jan Nortje (211cm/149.5kg) vs. Sokoudjou (182cm/93kg)
Gegard Mousasi (186cm/97.8kg) vs. Mark Hunt (178cm/130.4kg)
Choi Hong Man (218cm/148.5kg) vs. Jose Canseco (188cm/109kg)

Lightweight Fight:
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. J.Z.Calvan

2nd Generation DREAM Middleweight Title Fight:
Ronaldo Jacare vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller

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

Even without the fun factor of the Super Friends tournament, this is still a fucking good guard.
With the David-Goliath storylines, its gonna be more entertaining show than any TUF main eventers that featured like Chris Leben, Leites or Cote.
And instead of cheezy Vegas intro and annoucer, real intros and crazy japenese woman.
pierre larouche- April 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm
>Oh and Sokoudjou isn't garbage on the ground dickless his judo is >world class his problem is he starts every fight with a half empty >gas tank.

True about Sokoudjou having some newaza but he is not world class. He won the US Judo open so he's a good national level competitor.
Just like Karo who was a good junior level competitor but nowhere close to world class.
PurplePickle- April 30, 2009 at 1:30 pm
This has that old school flavor that had me renting the early UFC on vhs twelve years or so ago. One guy is a fighter, the other is a caricature of a fighter, then someone has a seizure after a thirty second ass whoopin.
I hope Conseco gets busted going through customs and can't fight. He will just give Japanese MMA freakshows a bad name.
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm
BM2 must be shitting himself with Joy over this.
Sydney Poitier- April 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm
A brilliant card. I guess they were out of Minowa cardboard cutouts that day.
Quasicholo- April 30, 2009 at 12:32 pm
cyborg santos vs. canseco would be great. the 2 greatest juicers in the history of their sports.
Adebisi- April 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm
Aaron "This is proof that Dream is desperate."
Really? Are you a Zuffa mouthpiece or completely lost when it comes to MMA in Japan?
Fights like this have taken place in Japan for years Fuck Stick.
aj- April 30, 2009 at 12:01 pm
holy shit... Conseco VS Mousasi in the semi ... lets make this happen.
DukeofNewYork A#1- April 30, 2009 at 11:26 am
Whats funny is the picture CP has posted.

They are all cut outs cept minoman, though i thought that was a cutout as well.
LukeTheDuke- April 30, 2009 at 11:17 am
shiki31- April 30, 2009 at 11:09 am
this shit is so fucked something in you compels you to watch it. almost like two girls, one...nevermind. i can't wait!
Aaron- April 30, 2009 at 11:02 am
This is proof that Dream is desperate
Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 10:42 am
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Levi- April 30, 2009 at 10:38 am
was kyle maynard not available?
LoneWolf- April 30, 2009 at 10:34 am
LMFAO The Japanese are great!