Monday, May 30, 2011

Dream Fight for Japan Leftovers: Is Dream/K-1 Still Relevant?

It's been a long time coming for Dream who staged their "Fight for Japan" event yesterday. The event, which featured the the 2011 Japanese Bantamweight Grand Prix quarterfinal and semifinals, was a make-or-breaker for FEG, who it seems has dealt with every possible obstacle in planning for this event, besides their overall efforts to sustain existence.

While I praise FEG's efforts to produce spirit-boosting event as Japan continues to deal with the affects of a March earthquake, tsunamis, and aftershocks, I cannot help but to be skeptical about FEG's future. As much as I would love to see Dream (or any other major Japanese promotion) carry the flag of Japanese MMA, I still see FEG only hanging on by a thread.

Last week, FEG announced that they had been purchased by an outside investor. However, the investor will not be disclosed until next month. Meanwhile, just when you thought FEG might be in the clear, Dutch kickboxing promotion It's Showtime said they will be taking legal action against K-1 over monies owed. Unless, Zuffa secretly purchased FEG in some clandestine "business-as-usual" arrangement, folks should still worry about FEG's future.

HDNet will air Dream 17 - Fight for Japan on June 3 at 10 pm EST.

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Dream: Fight for Japan
May 29, 2011
Saitama Super Arena,
Saitama, Japan

Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
Atsushi Yamamoto def. Yusaku Nakamura via TKO R1
Hideo Tokoro def. Yoshiro Maeda via TKO (corner stoppage) R2
Masakazu Imanari def. Keisuke Fujiwara via unam. decision Keni Osawa def. Takafumi Otsuka via split decision

Superfights
Joachim Hansen def. Mitsuhiro Ishida via split decision
Takeshi Inoue def. Koichiro Matsumoto via TKO R1
Caol Uno def. Akiyo Nishiura via unam. decision
Katsunori Kikuno def. Daisuke Nakamura via unam. decision
Shinya Aoki def. Rich Clementi via submission (face crank) R2

Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinals
Hideo Tokoro def. Atsushi Yamamoto via split decision
Masakazu Imanari def. Kenji Osawa via submission (heel hook) R2

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