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Dream 1 Briefs

(Aoki’s magic tights couldn’t protect him from a fight-ending elbow strike. Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)

Dream’s debut event went down earlier today in Japan and showcased some soild action and an annoying “no contest.” To the surprise of no one, Cro Cop rocked Tatsuya Mizuno, ending the fight by a KO just 56 ticks into the match. Mizuno was drilled repeatedly by Cro Cop’s punches and couldn’t recover to survive the onslaught.

MMA Weekly has a choice quote from Cro Cop:

“A lot of fighters refuse to fight me these days, but he had courage and he accepted,” said Filipovic afterward from center ring. “For my next fight, I will need a stronger opponent, so anyone is welcome.”

Well, if you need a stronger opponent, anyone is not welcome. Let’s just get him a worthy adversary next time.

In the Lightweight Grand Prix fight many of us were eyeing, Gesias “J.Z.” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki’s fight was ruled a “no contest” which always blows. J.Z. caught Aoki with an elbow to the back – which is illegal – and the ref stopped the action. Aoki was given ample time to recover, but couldn’t continue. “J.Z.” reportedly did some weird arm-raising prayer routine in his corner while waiting for Aoki to bounce back. When the fight was called by the ringside doc, both fighters apologized to the fans.

In other notable fights, Mitsuhiro Ishida beat Jung Kyung by decision in a fight that had many complaining for lack of actual fighting. “Dida” Amade and mouthy Eddie Alvarez saw Alvarez overpower and pound away, giving the Philly native the win.

Tatsuya Kawajiri outagressed Kultar “The Black Mamba” Gill for a decision win, and Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa kneebarred Lee Gwan into a submission at 1:25 of the first. The tournament winners will fight in May to see who goes to the finials in July.


Minowaman To Thump On Baseballer

(A Dreamy Fighter: ex-pro baseballer, Gwan Lee.)

Nothing like waiting until the last minute to name an opponent for Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa at tomorrow’s DREAM 1. And with all that extra time, you’d think they would have gotten a better opponent. Instead, Minowaman will be fighting a former Korean professional baseball player. Actually, he’s still Korean to our knowledge, but no longer a baseball player. His name is Gwan Lee and he owns an MMA record of…who knows? His middle name is also reportably “Bun”, which kind of makes me smile.

Look, we know Minowaman is on a two fight losing slide and needs a win. DREAM wants him to win, but can’t we find some tomato can who has somewhat of an MMA career going? I’m just saying. As we’ve stated, this is a rockin’ card with some great match-ups, but this one is even more weak than the Cro Cop versus Tatsuya Mizuno fight. Oh well, suppose you can’t win them all.

Here’s the final, final card for DREAM’s debut show, set to go tomorrow in Japan. The tournament fights will be broken up by the non-tournament fights.

Non-Tournament Fights:
Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa vs. Gwan Lee
Hayato Sakurai vs. Hidetaka Monma
Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic vs. Tatsuya Mizuno

Tournament Fights:
Joachim Hansen vs. Koutetsu Boku
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis Buscape
Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Umakhanov
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Bukyung Jung
Andre “Dida” Amade vs. Eddie Alvarez
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
Gesias “JZ Calvan” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki

(Props to MMA Japan for the assist.)


Pele is a Badass!

(You are looking at a crazy man.)

What the hell is going on over at Revolution Fight Team? Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill – who is fighting Tatsuya Kawajiri in the first round of Dream 1′s lightweight grand prix in Japan on Saturday – recently spoke to Sherdog about his injury he suffered in the first round of the K-1 Hero’s middleweight tourney against Hideo Tokoro. A blown disc in his neck sapped the strength from his left arm and bone-fusion surgery had to be done to install a plate in his neck in order for him to continue fighting. Think that’s tough? Consider fellow Revolution fighter, Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons.

Pele fought at TKO 32 – Ultimatum a couple of weeks ago and lost when he sustained a Joe Theisman-style leg injury. The break came on a low kick by Pele causing both his tibia and fibula to poke through the skin. He’s out for months, right?

“Pele is nuts, man!” Gill said with an incredulous laugh. “He broke his leg on Thursday, had surgery, came back in the gym on Monday and he was walking no crutches or nothing. So four days later he was running around, talking Brazilian and yelling at everybody — he’s crazy man.”

A metal rod was placed in Pele’s leg, so now the low kicks will be like taking a crow bar to the shin. If you relish the grotesque, check out Pele’s flopping leg at the :20 second mark. I think I’ll skip lunch and dinner today.


Gilbert Melendez Out of Dream 1, In For Strikeforce/EliteXC Event

(Gilbert Melendez pounds Tatsuya Kawajiri.)

Another late March cancelled fight is now back on, but a mid-March battle is off. We’re just trying to keep up. Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez was originally scheduled to fight Jorge Masvidal at the Strikeforce/EliteXC March 29th event. That match was called off when Masvidal had to drop out because of a shin injury. It looked like Melendez was going to skip the event as he was rumored to be competing in the Lightweight Grand Prix at Dream 1 on March 15th.

MMAWeekly reports that Chute Boxe jiu-jitsu coach Cristiano Marcello has stepped in to fight Melendez, so Gilby is on the March 29th fight card. Marcello confirmed the fight:

“Melendez is an excellent fighter and I am very happy to face him, especially on Strikeforce, which is a great event. We are going to travel together, me, (Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos), Master Rafael (Cordeiro) and Rudimar (Fedrigo). Cyborg will fight at the same event and we are going to make a huge presentation for the fans.”

Melendez spoke on why he is defending his belt on the 29th instead of going to Japan for Dream 1, and that he’s going to defend the belt “ferociously”.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to fight in the Dream tournament. I love fighting in Japan, but right now I have a commitment with Strikeforce. I’m looking to just put my focus on Strikeforce; I’ve got a contract there and want to fulfill it.”

“More than anyone, fans, people, my family, it’s important to me to come out ferocious, mean and show people I’m here to stay,” he exclaimed. “I’m focused and it means a lot to me to not only win, but win with bad intentions and put on a good show for the fans.”

Both Melendez and Marcello are vets of PRIDE, but also share the fact that their last loss was to Mitsuhiro Ishida. You can check out the first part of Melendez battling Ishida after the jump. For parts two and three of the fight, go here and here.


DREAM Adds Fighters To Debut Event

(Cro Cop still without an opponent for DREAM 1.)

The new Japanese DREAM organization from FEG and DSE has announced – via press conference and their website – the addition of three more fights to their debut event, DREAM 1, on March 15th. The show will of course go down in Japan.

Gesias “JZ” Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki has already been announced for DREAM’s 16-man lightweight tourney, and now they have added Tatsuya Kawajiri against Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill, Joachim Hansen versus Kotetsu Boku, and Kazuyuki Miyata facing Luiz Firmino. Andre Amade, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Caol Uno, Gilbert Melendez, Artur Oumakhanov, and Jung Bu-Kyung, are all expected to fight in the tournament as well but opponents have not been named.

Aside from the Lightweight Grand Prix, Cro Cop may also fight at the event. No opponent has been named, although it’s being reported that Ray Sefo has turned down the fight – via the Xtreme Couture blog. The fighter didn’t feel he had enough time to prepare since the match was just offered to him last week. He does hope to fight Cro Cop, maybe even this summer. So a Cro Cop fight is still up in the air for March 15th.