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DREAM is a Mixed martial arts organization promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group and co-produced with the former PRIDE executives from Dream Stage Entertainment. It is the sister promotion 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.

History Edit

Pride FC's buyout and Yarennoka! Edit

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. 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 emergenceEdit

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.. 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 (although Emelianenko's future with the company became unclear after Fedor later parted way with M-1 Global). Emelianenko was present at the DREAM press conference to promote the alliance between the two shows.

Partnership with HDNetEdit

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.

Partnership with EliteXCEdit

On May 10 2008 DREAM announced a working partnership with US promotion EliteXC. The two groups intend to share fighters (Eddie Alvarez and Nick Diaz have both already participated in DREAM events) and eventually co-promote shows.

Rules Edit

Weight classesEdit

DREAM has 6 weight classes. Unlike HERO's, each weight class will have a champion with a defendable title.

  • 67kg/145lb - Featherweight
  • 70kg/154lb - Lightweight
  • 76kg/168lb - Welterweight
  • 84kg/185lb - Middleweight
  • 93kg/205lb - Light Heavyweight
  • +93.1kg/+205lb - Heavyweight

Round lengthEdit

  • 10 Minute First Round
  • 5 Minute Second Round

JudgingEdit

  • Fights will be judged in their entirety by three judges, not on a round by round 10-point must basis (more common to North American promotions).
  • A winner will always be declared, draws are not possible.

Fouls and violationsEdit

  • 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 not allowed (neither in standing or ground position).
  • If there is a 15 kg or more weight difference between the fighters, knees to the head of a grounded opponent are not allowed.
  • Ground position in DREAM means a three point position (both feet and one hand). 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 substitutionsEdit

  • 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 fighter to go through.

Notable FightersEdit

FeatherweightsEdit

LightweightsEdit

WelterweightsEdit

MiddleweightsEdit

Light heavyweightsEdit

HeavyweightEdit

Super HeavyweightsEdit

EventsEdit

Event Date Location Venue Attendance
DREAM.1 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 First Round 02008-
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March 15, 2008
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 19,120
DREAM.2 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 First Round 02008-
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April 29, 2008
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 21,397
DREAM.3 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round 02008-
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May 11, 2008
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 21,789
DREAM.4 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round 02008-
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June 15, 2008
Japan flag Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 14,037
DREAM.5 Light Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round 02008-
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July 21, 2008
Japan flag Osaka, Japan Osaka-jo Hall 11,986
DREAM.6 Middle Weight Grand Prix 2008 Final Round 02008-
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September 23, 2008
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 20,929
FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008 02008-
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December 31, 2008
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 25,634
DREAM.7 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round 02009-
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March 8, 2009
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 19,528
DREAM.8 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round 02009-
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April 5, 2009
Japan flag Nagoya, Japan Nippon Gaishi Hall 9,129
DREAM.9 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Second Round 02009-
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May 26, 2009
Japan flag Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 15,009
DREAM.10 Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round 02009-
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July 20, 2009
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 11,970
DREAM.11 Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 Final Round 02009-
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October 6, 2009
Japan flag Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 14,039
DREAM.12 Cage of the Rising Sun 02009-
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October 25, 2009
Japan flag Osaka, Japan Osaka-jo Hall 10,112
Dynamite!! 2009 02009-
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December 31, 2009
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 45,606
Dream 13 02010-
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March 22, 2010
Japan flag Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan Yokohama Arena 13,712
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May 29, 2010
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July 10, 2010
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 13,028
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September 25, 2010
Japan flag Nogoya, Japan Nippon Gaishi Hall 9,304
Dynamite!! 2010 02010-
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December 31, 2010
Japan flag Saitama, Japan Saitama Super Arena 26,729

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