No, we’re not talking about Strikeforce. Yet. But we’ve been talking about DREAM’s slow slide into oblivion for over two years now. You’d think the final nails were in the coffin after its parent company FEG was forced into bankruptcy, their K-1 promotion sold off and DREAM’s office shuttered. But no. DREAM NEVER DIE! (Via MMA in Asia)
DREAM has announced that it will be holding a press conference this Thursday, October 25th, starting at 18:00 Japan time with a live broadcast. The replay should be available midnight on NicoNico. In attendance will be Tatsuya Kawajiri, Satoru Kitaoka, and Hiroyuki Takaya. A ‘new system’ will be introduced, and possibly this is why Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki was asked to return the belt. The entities who will be involved as backers and organizers have yet to be announced. However, it is a good turn of events for the Japanese MMA scene to continue the time-honored tradition.
I don’t really see how it is a good turn of events for the same guys who presided over the complete tanking of the Japanese MMA scene to come back yet again for one more limpy money grab. Let’s not forget that these are the same guys who stiffed dozens of fighters, including Alistair Overeem, Gary Goodridge, Nick Diaz, Ralek Gracie, Bibiano Fernandez, Kazuyuki Miyata, Jimmy Ambriz, and Todd Moore to name a few we know about. Oh and from sister promotion K-1: Melvin Manhoef, Tyrone Spong, Daniel Ghita, Hesdy Gerges, Gago Drago, Pajonsuk, Dzevad Poturak, Chahid, and Giorgio Petrosyan.
I dunno, call me old fashioned but I don’t think there’s a shittier thing a promoter can do than stiff one of their fighters. DREAM has done it to dozens. To me, that’s the most important aspect of this story. Any story involving DREAM, really. Maybe something that should probably come up in articles mentioning the promotion’s attempted comeback? ‘Scumbag promoters who don’t pay their fighters plan New Years Eve event’ seems like an appropriate headline to me.