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Zombie Pride + HERO’s = DREAMS

(apparently someone forgot to tell Mr Orange that ‘formal wear’ doesn’t include gay arctic rave gear)

Ever since New Years Eve there’s been rumors flying all over the place about what was going to happen to Zombie Pride. Was Yarrenoka really a goodbye show or just the first of many events? One idea that’s been passed around more than Edith Larente at a frat party was that FEG (who run K1 and HERO’s) would partner up with Zombie Pride to create a new event. And lo and behold, that is what just went down yesterday in Japan. Behold! Zombie Pride becomes DREAMS. HERO’s is dead. Long live DREAMS!

Now being a selfish MMA fan who doesn’t really give a shit about the politics of the sport, you’re probably wondering “What’s this mean for me?” Well for starters, it means way more awesome events. Check out the freaking schedule they announced:

Dream .1 – March 15 – Saitama Superarena – Lightweight GP Round 1
Dream .2 – April 29 – Saitama Superarena – Middleweight GP Round 1
Dream .3 – May 11 – Saitama Superarena – Lightweight GP Round 2
Dream .4 – Begining of June – Korea or Yokohama Arena – Middleweight GP Round 2
Dream .5 – July 21 – Osaka Jo-Hall – Lightweight GP Finals
Dream .6 – Begining of Sept. – Saitama Superarena- Middleweight GP Finals

Also, right off the bat they’re holding tournaments to crown lightweight and middleweight champs, something HERO’s never bothered to get around to for some stupid reason. Fingers crossed that the bookings also start to make more sense … HERO’s sure did set up a lot of fucking stupid matches, even compared to other Japanese promotions.

  • Accomando

    Dana White has got to be shitting himself!

    When you think about it, the UFC actually bank-rolled this shit, agh ha ha, ha ha ha, ha.

  • Atom

    “apparently someone forgot to tell Mr Orange that ‘formal wear’ doesn’t include gay arctic rave gear”

    You’d think Mirko could pull out a suit, or at least some non-jeans. And KIDs dressed like he didn’t know there would be cameras… But at least the denim lovers and gay eskimo man kept their fingers out of their noses.. unlike whoever that is on the far right.

  • Atom

    Holy shit.. I didn’t even bother to look at their schedule.. tournaments are back! And we laughed when that Asian man said “PRIDE never die” :)

  • andres

    Cael uno wears wat he wants whenever he wants ok

    Funny look at kid so much fuckin additude can’t wait to kid his face in

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  • andres

    The guy with the finger in his nose is gono

    Jk I love kid wouldn’t mind fighting him though

  • MJC_123

    Heh this is beyond awesome!
    Can’t wait for the UFC to have some serious competition, good of Dana to lend DREAMS all that money and even give them Cro-Cop back setting up the potential of Cro-Cop v Fedor II in a few months and then in a year bring Randy into the mould…..


  • MJC_123

    I would also look for that WVR organisation with GOMI to merge into this as well for super-awesome PRIDE style comeback.

    This has to be the greatest comeback this side of Michael Jackson’s eventual world dominating return…..

  • ilostmydog

    @andres: The guy with the finger in his nose is Masakazu Imanari, not Gono.

  • DoDo

    Couture, Ortiz, now CroCop. this is great!
    i wish zuffa suffered so much financial losses, that they would sell the prideFC theme songs and all the other shit they aquired back to DREAM FC

  • godzillad

    I have a big inking that DREAMS will run one show and then fold.

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    There’s no way DREAM is going to fold that easily. FEG is backing this shit and they are a lot bigger than Zuffa. The K-1 brand is huge in Japan, East Asia and Europe (just not in America, much like soccer). FEG have cornered the market for kickboxing (K-1), why would they quit their venture into MMA?

  • adc

    Why everyone keeps saying DREAMS when there’s a banner behind these guys with Yamamoto-size letters saying DREAM, notice the absence of an S.

  • pauli

    …and kei grant always refered to pride as “the pride.”

    when the japanese spell or phrase something in a way that makes no sense, it’s best to correct for it.