DREAM has always been disorganized and chaotic, but that’s always kinda been expected and excused by fans the same way it was with PRIDE. But now the disorganization is starting to look a lot more like the flailing of a dying promotion. First, the promotion is trying to stir up interest in the event by bringing back the white tuna fish netting cage they used two events ago at DREAM.12. The official reason is that Mach Sakurai asked to fight Nick Diaz in a cage to redeem Japanese honor after the Aoki loss in America, but that sounds about as legit as a Nigerian scam email.
But the real signs of trouble come from the cancellation of a long awaited light heavyweight grand prix. Again, the dubious reasoning given was that DREAM didn’t want it to happen partially in a cage and partially in a ring, but Josh Gross points towards issues with DREAM’s TV deal and my personal bet is finding the money for the Sokodjous, Babalus, and Mousasis was a factor too.
All in all, these are not positive signs for DREAM or for DREAM.14, especially since the last show that was supposed to be labeled DREAM.14 was a Korean event that died on the vine due to a lack of broadcast partners. All that needs to happen now is for the Tennessee Athletic Commission to suspend Nick Diaz – who’s headlining the event against Sakurai – for his role in the Strikeforce Brawl and the event will be right fucked.