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Type Private
Founded February 13, 2008
Founder(s) Sadaharu Tanigawa (President of FEG)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Keiichi Sasahara, Head and Matchmaker
Daisuke Sato, Productions Director
Industry Mixed martial arts promotion
Parent Fighting and Entertainment Group

Dream (styled DREAM in capitals) is a mixed martial arts organization promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group and co-produced with the former Pride Fighting Championships executives from Dream Stage Entertainment. It is the sister production of K-1 kick boxing. Dream replaced FEG's previous-run mixed martial arts fight series, Hero's. The series retains many of the stylistic flourishes and personnel from Pride FC broadcasts, including fight introducer Lenne Hardt. In America, the promotion is aired on Mark Cuban's HDNet.




Pride FC's buyout and Yarennoka!

After the Zuffa buyout of Pride FC, the former Dream Stage Entertainment executives put on a collaborative New Year's Eve mixed martial arts show with Shooto, M-1 Global, and the Fighting and Entertainment Group, called Yarennoka!. This show was intended to be a farewell show of Pride FC. However, due to its success and further petitioning by Japanese MMA fans, the FEG and the former DSE staff decided to combine their efforts and form a new Japanese promotion.

Hero's dissolution and Dream's emergence

Their new promotion was confirmed on February 13, 2008 along with Hero's dissolution. All of Hero's' fighters were confirmed (such as Hero's champions Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Akiyama and JZ Calvan) to be part of the new promotion along with the additions of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba, Mitsuhiro Ishida, and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.[1] Another notable announcement was Dream's partnership with M-1 Global, who confirmed that they would allow the last Heavyweight Champion of Pride FC (and the winner of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix), Fedor Emelianenko, to fight in their events. Emelianenko was present at the Dream press conference to promote the alliance between the two shows.[2]

Partnership with HDNet

On May 2, 2008 Dream aired for the first time in the United States with a repeat of Dream 1 on HDNet. A repeat of Dream 2 was aired the following day, while Dream 3 was aired live on May 11. All future Dream events will be airing on HDNet as a part of the network's HDNet Fights series.[3]

Partnership with EliteXC

On May 10, 2008 Dream announced the working partnership with US promotion EliteXC. The two groups intended to share fighters and eventually co-promote shows. However with EliteXC now bankrupt the alliance no longer exists.[4]

Alliance with Strikeforce

On August 5, 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker announced that the two promotions had signed a formal alliance. This is reportedly a deal that has been talked about for quite some time, but has finally come to fruition. The result of this deal is that the two organizations will exchange fighters and work together to bring MMA fans the best fights possible. Also, because of Strikeforce's recent agreement with Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global, it is presumable that they would be involved in the alliance as well.[5] In October 2009, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated interest in unifying the titles between the two promotions. However DREAM has yet to give a response.


Weight classes

Dream has 6 weight classes. Unlike Hero's, each weight class will have a champion with a defendable title.[2]

  • 63 kilograms (139 lb) - Featherweight
  • 70 kilograms (154 lb) - Lightweight
  • 76 kilograms (168 lb) - Welterweight
  • 84 kilograms (185 lb) - Middleweight
  • 93 kilograms (205 lb) - Light Heavyweight
  • over 93 kilograms (205 lb) - Heavyweight

Round length

2 Rounds

  • 1st Round = 10 minutes
  • 2nd Round = 5 minutes

In events where a cage is used, the rounds are three 5 minute rounds


  • Fights will be judged in their entirety by three judges, not on a round-by-round ten-point-must basis (more common to North American promotions).
  • A winner will always be declared, as draws are not possible.

Fouls and violations

  • Stomps and soccer kicks to the head of a grounded opponent are not allowed (unless both fighters are on the ground), but they are allowed to the rest of the body.
  • Elbows to the head are prohibited.
  • If there is a 15 kilograms (33 lb) or more weight difference between the fighters, knees to the head of a grounded opponent are not allowed.
  • A grounded opponent is defined as one in a three-point position. If a fighter has, for example, both knees and one hand on the floor facing the mat, then no kicks to the head are allowed.

Tournament substitutions

  • In case of a "No Contest" or injury, the fighter who can continue will go through to the next round, if neither fighter is able to continue the promoter will choose a replacement fighter to go through.

Current Champions

Division Upper weight limit Champion Since Title Defenses
Featherweight 63 kilograms (139 lb; 10 st) Brazil Bibiano Fernandes October 6, 2009 (Dream.11) 0
Lightweight 70 kilograms (154 lb; 11 st) Japan Shinya Aoki October 6, 2009 (Dream.11) 0
Welterweight 76 kilograms (168 lb; 12 st) Lithuania Marius Zaromskis July 20, 2009 (Dream.10) 0
Middleweight 84 kilograms (185 lb; 13 st) Vacant
Light Heavyweight 93 kilograms (205 lb; 15 st) Vacant
Heavyweight over 93 kilograms (205 lb; 15 st) Vacant

Tournament Finalists

Year Weight Division Champion Finalist
2008 Lightweight Norway Joachim Hansen Japan Shinya Aoki
2008 Middleweight Armenia Gegard Mousasi Brazil Ronaldo Souza
2009 Welterweight Lithuania Marius Zaromskis United States Jason High
2009 Featherweight Brazil Bibiano Fernandes Japan Hiroyuki Takaya
2009 Superhulk Japan Ikuhisa Minowa Cameroon Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
2010 Light Heavyweight

WAMMA Champion

Shinya Aoki Current WAMMA Lightweight Champion

Notable Participants





Light Heavyweight




Event Date Location Venue Attendance
DREAM.1 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 First Round 02008-03-15 March 15, 2008 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 19,120
DREAM.2 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 First Round 02008-04-29 April 29, 2008 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 21,397
DREAM.3 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round 02008-05-11 May 11, 2008 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 21,789
DREAM.4 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round 02008-06-15 June 15, 2008 Japan Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 14,037
DREAM.5 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round 02008-07-21 July 21, 2008 Japan Osaka, Japan Osaka-jo Hall 11,986
DREAM.6 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round 02008-09-23 September 23, 2008 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 20,929
FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008 02008-12-31 December 31, 2008 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 25,634
DREAM.7 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round 02009-03-08 March 8, 2009 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 19,528[7]
DREAM.8 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round 02009-04-05 April 5, 2009 Japan Nagoya, Aichi Japan Nippon Gaishi Hall 9,129
DREAM.9 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Second Round 02009-05-26 May 26, 2009 Japan Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 15,009
DREAM.10 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round 02009-07-20 July 20, 2009 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 11,970[8]
DREAM.11 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round 02009-10-06 October 6, 2009 Japan Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 14,039[9]
DREAM.12 Cage of the Rising Sun 02009-10-25 October 25, 2009 Japan Osaka, Japan Osaka-jo Hall 10,112
FieLDS Dynamite!! The Power of Courage 2009 02009-12-31 December 31, 2009 Japan Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 45,606
DREAM.13[10] 02010-03-22 March 22, 2010 Japan Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena
DREAM.14 02010-04-24 April 24, 2010 South Korea Seoul, South Korea Jangchung Gym
DREAM.15 02010-05-24 May 24, 2010 Japan Japan

External links


  1. ^ "K-1's new Dream includes Cro Cop". Mma Weekly. February 13, 2008. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Loiseleur, Tony (February 13, 2008). "‘Dream’ Come True?". Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Mark Cuban's HDNET to air Japan's Dream". Mma Weekly. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "PRO ELITE & Dream ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP". MMAWeekly. 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2008. 
  5. ^ "STRIKEFORCE AND DREAM FORMALIZING "ALLIANCE"". MMAWeekly. 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  6. ^ "新格闘技イベント「Dream」誕生!ミルコの参戦も決定3.15さいたまで旗揚げ、総勢23選手が会見に出席". 14-02-2008. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ DiPietro, Monty (March 8, 2009). "HELLO JAPAN! SHINYA AOKI WINS AT DREAM 7". Retrieved March 10, 2009. 
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Promotion DREAM
Date September 25, 2010
Venue Nippon Gaishi Hall
City Nagoya, Japan
Event chronology


DREAM.16 was a mixed martial arts event held by Fighting and Entertainment Group's mixed martial arts promotion DREAM. The event took place on September 25, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.[1] The event aired live in North America on HDNet.[2]



This event served as the final for DREAM's Light Heavyweight Grand Prix and crowned the first DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion.[3] Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno who won their opening round bouts at DREAM 15 fought for the title.

A previously announced featherweight bout with Joe Warren fighting Michihiro Omigawa has been scrapped from this card.[4]

Ikuhisa Minowa was previously reported to be fighting James Thompson, but instead fought Judo Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii.[5] Thompson's last minute opponent ending up being DEEP Megaton Champion Yusuke Kawaguchi.

Fight Card

Kawaguchi defeated Thompson via split decision at 5:00 of round 2.
Ishida defeated Nishiura via split decision at 5:00 of round 2.
Miyata defeated Inoue via unanimous decision at 5:00 of round 2.
Hansen defeated Tokoro via submission (triangle choke) at 2:48 of round 1.
Omigawa defeated Escovedo via submission (straight armbar) at 2:30 of round 1.
Takaya defeated Beebe via KO at 1:45 of round 1.
Ishii defeated Minowa via unanimous decision at 5:00 of round 2.
Aoki defeated Aurelio via unanimous decision at 5:00 of round 2.
Miller defeated Sakuraba via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:09 of round 1.
Mousasi defeated Mizuno via submission (rear naked choke) at 6:10 of round 1 to become the 1st DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion.

2010 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Bracket

  Semi-finals Final
  Gegard Mousasi SUB  
  Jake O'Brien 1  
      Gegard Mousasi SUB
   Template:Country data JPN Tatsuya Mizuno 1
  Melvin Manhoef 1
 Template:Country data JPN Tatsuya Mizuno SUB  



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