The Tournament To End All Tournaments! Super Hulk Tournament Announced!!
Four new fights for DREAM.9 have been announced. An open-weight tournament called “Super Hulk Tournament ~World Superman Championship~” will commence at the event with Minowaman taking on Bob Sapp, Sokoudjou facing K-1 & MMA veteran Jan “The Giant” Nortje, Gegard Mousasi taking on Mark Hunt, and Choi Hong Man fighting former Baseball player Jose Canseco.
Update #1: These 4 fights complete the DREAM.9 card (maybe).
Update #2: DREAM EP Sasahara is aiming at a 15% TV ratings. He said that he still has a trump card, today’s announcement isn’t everything. Is the card really complete?
Update #3: The semifinals and final will not take place on the same day. The rules for the tournament are not set yet but expect shorter fights (why?!) and no knee strikes to the head of a grounded opponent.
Bob Sapp (200cm/147.6kg) vs. Minowaman (175cm/87kg)
Jan “The Giant” Nortje (211cm/149.5kg) vs. Sokoudjou (182cm/93kg)
Gegard Mousasi (186cm/97.8kg) vs. Mark Hunt (178cm/130.4kg)
Choi Hong Man (218cm/148.5kg) vs. Jose Canseco (188cm/109kg)
HEIWA DREAM.9 Featherweight GP 2009 2nd Round
Date: May 26th, 2009
Place: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan
Super Hulk Tournament 1st Round Fights:
Minowaman vs. Bob Sapp
Jan “The Giant” Nortje vs. Sokoudjou
Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt
Choi Hong Man vs. Jose Canseco
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. J.Z.Calvan
2nd Generation DREAM Middleweight Title Fight:
Ronaldo Jacare vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller
Featherweight GP Quarterfinal Fights:
Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto vs. Joe Warren
Masakazu Imanari vs. Bibiano Fernandes
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
Abel Cullum vs. Hideo Tokoro