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DREAM coming together, sorta

Well, we’re 5 days away from Zombie Pride’s triumphant return to life as DREAM. And just like back in the good old days, these guys sure are leaving the card finalization till the last second. As it stands, they’ve ‘finished’ the LW tournament bracket, and I quote ‘finished’ because it’s 7 fights instead of 8 fights. Apparently there will be one fighter who’s just going to be let into the second round, which is pretty gay as far as I’m concerned, but hey … it’s Japan. The last guy who won Pride’s Bushido tournament lost one of the fights, for god’s sake.

Past that point, we’d said earlier that Mirko Crocop’s opponent was gonna be Yoshihiro ‘KISS’ Nakao, but then there was some talk about the Yakuza being pissed with Nakao and if he fought CroCop he’d end up ‘abandoned in the sea of Tokyo’. I’m still not sure if this is a strange Japanese joke or something, but there’s been no official confirmation thus far that Nakao is fighting Mirko. My bet is he’ll be a last second choice if they can’t find anyone else.

Here’s the full lineup:

Lightweight Tournament

1. Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti
2. Tatsuya “Crusher” Kawajiri vs. Kultar “Black Mamba” Gill
3. Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Luis “Buscape” Firmino
4. Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen vs. Koutetsu Boku
5. Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Jung Bu-Kyung
6. Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Artur Oumakhanov
7. Andre Dida vs. Eddie Alvarez

Super Fight

1. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Hidetaka Monma
2. Mirko CroCop vs TBA
3. Ikuhisa Minowa vs TBA

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    I’m excited.

  • Lifer

    black-ooooooooooh maaaaaaamba!

  • garth

    i like the guy in the far left of the poster striking a pose. it looks like he just finished his runway walk

  • Zurich

    I think they should have saved the JZ vs. Aoiki fight until a later round. I can’t think of many other match ups for either that would get me too excited (except, perhaps, against each other).

  • Gav Morris

    With no confirmed opponents for Crocop and Minowa, Pri…Dream should just rematch the pair. Mirko needs a little confidence boost.

  • Juan

    Cro cop already has an opponent is Yoshihiro Nakao…..this was announced like a week ago,………………also sakurai has been added to the tournament, so that fight will now take place in the tournament too.

  • Rictor

    No. Nakao wasn’t officially announced yet and there are rumours that he is off now. Also the Sakurai vs Monma bout is not taking place in the LW GP.
    And for the gods sake. Sasahara said that the last bout will most likely take place at DREAM 2 and it will feature two from three fighters; Uno, Shaolin and Melendez. Giving one fighter a pass to the second stage of the tournament is only necessity.

  • Joon4s

    This is what I always hated in Pride. This card looks really good, but booking fighters this late is retarded. Then they probably end up getting an opponent for Crocop from the audience, just who happens raise his hand first.

  • Brandt

    I’ll fight Cro Cop. He’ll miss my short head by like three feet with a high kick and then I’ll take him to the ground and force him to rewrite Croatian laws while I submit him! I can DREAM, can’t I? (I know I’m not funny)

  • godzillad

    Fuck it, have Minowa fight Crocop again.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny, but I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Minowa and Crocop fight again. Crocop gave Minowa mad props for stepping up the first time, and there’s no doubt for me that Minowa would do it again if he was asked.

    Minowa by heel-hook.

  • kentyman

    (I know I’m not funny)

    Ironically, I actually laughed at that part. :)