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Don’t forget about DREAM.7

I know that everyone is freaking out from the blinding excitement of UFC 96 this weekend, which explains why no one has said peep about DREAM.7 on Sunday at 7AM EST. Here’s the card:

Announced Participants:
-Atsushi Yamamoto (#10 Bantamweight in the World)* vs. Masakazu Imanari
-Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kim Jong Won
-Yoshiro Maeda vs. Micah Miller
-Chase Beebe vs. Joe Warren
-Takafumi Otsuka vs. Bibiano Fernandes
-Akiyo “Wicky” Nishiura vs. Abel Cullum

Non-Tournament Bouts:
-Shinya Aoki (#1 Lightweight in the World)* vs. David Gardner
-Tatsuya Kawajiri (#5 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Ross Ebanez
-Mitsuhiro Ishida (#8 Lightweight in the World)* vs. Daisuke Nakamura
-Melvin Manhoef vs. TBA

Hey, I just noticed that MMAWeekly has Shinya Aoki as their #1 lightweight in the world. It must be the WAMMA belt! Now I know BJ Penn just got pasted by GSP, but is there anyone out there who’d give a fight between Penn and Aoki to Aoki? Okay, let me rephrase: is there anyone out there who’s not an idiot that would give that fight to Aoki? I’m just as entranced by his magic pants as everyone else, but come on now.

The only guys I’m following in the tournament are Yoshiro Maeda (who had that FOTY with Miguel Torres in the WEC), Chae Beebe and Bibiano Fernandes. Past that, I’m excited to see Kawajiri and Manhoef fight again. Unfortunately I’ll be on a bus back from Ohio for the majority of the fights so you guys will have to keep things rocking without me.

Oh, and if you’re flirting with the idea of watching the show but need to know more about the fighters, Breen has you sorted with a 7 page preview. Please read it, because if the thing doesn’t get enough hits they’re liable to stick Jordan on more lucrative things like the Bobby Lashley beat.