On the same day the Japanese-based DREAM organization announced a hotly debated eight-man open-weight tournament at DREAM.9, HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon put some icing on the cake.
Simon, a guest on today’s edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), broke the news that DREAM.9 will air live on HDNet.
Past DREAM events have aired on muti-day tape delays, but Simon said HDNet will air the May 26 event live from Japan.
Funny enough, I’m not sure if I’m all that happy over this. DREAM events are brutal marathons of MMA, clocking in at anywhere between 4 and 7 hours. Between all the dead air, long shots of the arena, an audience intermission and Bas Rutten bugging out on redbull, watching a DREAM event live actually kills the pacing and sucks a lot of the fun out of it.
On the other hand, waiting a day so you can see the svelte 3 hour edit of the show is usually a much better experience. Unfortunately for me, I cover MMA (from time to time when I’m not being a little bitch) and don’t want to risk having Choi vs Canseco spoiled – not so much who wins but how bad it is. So I’ll be stuck watching fight number 3 of 15 as the sun comes up with a bunch of you in the chat.