It’s no wonder that the UFC doesn’t like tournaments (except of course when it comes to the Ultimate Fighter, in which case they swear by them). Since the last PRIDE OWGP, I haven’t heard of a major tournament that has gone down well. The IFL tournament had a ton of changes. The YAMMA tournament … lets not even get into how exciting that was. And we’ve been watching as fucked up bookings, unwilling participants, and injuries have taken a lot of the gas out of the two DREAM grand prixs. Now there’s official word from Japan that the second round of these tournaments is going to be very different from what the brackets are saying now:
Too long to translate, but the summary is that between fighters like Masakatsu Funaki losing and Kiyoshi Tamura suffering a finger injury, everything is in a state of flux right now with both DREAM GP tournaments. In other words, expect some past fighters (like JZ Calvan) to be possibly re-booked as replacements in the tournament format.
In a way, this could be good because it will allow DREAM to cherry pick the fights it wanted to see in the first place. One of the biggest issues with these tournaments thus far is you got the feeling that DREAM set things up so the really interesting matchups would happen in the future rounds, making round 1 pretty weak overall. After what happened with Misaki at the Bushido tournament I stopped caring about Japanese grand prixs for anything past entertainment value. They could stick Bob Sapp into the lightweight grand prix and it wouldn’t bother me at all.