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Final Preparations! Getting Ready For The Tenth Dream

#21: Enjoy!

Be sure to catch DREAM.10, live at 3 AM Eastern Time on HDNet.

#20: Pre-DREAM.10 Multimedia 3

Sherdog: Paulo Filho Video Interview
Video: DREAM.10 Press Conference Part 1, 2
MMA FanHouse: Jason High Interview

#19: Third Time’s A Charm

7 hours and 36 minutes after his first weigh-in, “Mach” made weight (76 kg) on his third try at 7:36 PM in the evening.

This is how he looked one hour after making weight:


#18: Fighters (Minus “Mach”) Gathered

The Fighters Are Gathered - Sportsnavi.com

The Fighters Are Gathered - Sportsnavi.com

#17: Press Conference Comments 2

Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro: “I’m happy to have been able to come to Japan again. Many Brazilian fighters will fight tomorrow. I will have a wonderful fight. Aoki is good both standing and on the ground. I’m grateful to DREAM for giving me this opportunity.”

Andre Dida: “I will have the best fight of the event tomorrow. The fight will surely be finished before the first round is over.”

#16: Press Conference Comments 1

Jason High: “I’ll win the GP. I’ll do my best.” (all in Japanese)

Andre Galvao: “I’m happy to have been able to come to Japan again. Tomorrow is a party. I want to wear the belt and return home.”

Yoon Dong Sik: “I want to have the best fight and show a fight where I fight to the best of my ability.”

#15: Zaromskis Comments On “Mach” Weight Failures

“I’m not worrying about it. I’m concentrating on the fight, I’m only thinking about tomorrow.”

#14: “Mach” Misses Weight Twice

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai didn’t make weight at the DREAM.10 weigh-ins today. Yesterday at the interviews “Mach” talked as if the loss in weight was his greatest enemy. At 12 PM “Mach” weighed in 1 kg over the acceptable weight limit. At around 2:30 PM he weighed in again and this time he was 0.6 kg over the limit. Since the DREAM people haven’t established an official time limit on when you have to clear the weight if you missed it, he has today to make it.

#13: Pre-DREAM.10 Multimedia 2

GracieMag: “Don’t expect a grappling match” – “Shaolin”
Video: Filho Training
MMA FanHouse: “Mach” Interview
Sherdog: “Mach” Training Pictures

#12: Yoon Dong Sik Interview

Yoon Dong Sik pre-fight interview.

You haven’t fought for a long while. What is going through your mind now?
I’m currently inside a two fight losing streak so I want to win this time.

You were planned to face Murilo Ninja at DREAM.8, but it became cancelled due to injury. What were the circumstances?
There was an open space between my 5th and 6th cervical vertebrae and my nerves became bad. It was a state similar to being numb as far as my arms. It was an injury caused in training. I’m OK now.

Impressions of your opponent?
He has power, he is strong striking as well as on the ground. I think he’s a complete fighter.

You haven’t fought in a while, what kind of fight do you want to show?
Until now I have done substantial stand-up training for 10 months. I want to show the results in the fight. I want to decide the outcome of the fight with strikes.

He also says that while he is looking at deciding the fight with strikes, it is different when getting in the ring and if an armbar is presented he will take it. He want to use various things in the fight. He’s not sure about his opponent having a fight a week ago. He thinks it has good sides as well as possible bad ones.

#11: Marius Zaromskis Interview

Marius Zaromskis pre-fight interview.

The fight is two days away. What is going through your mind now?
I was a little tired yesterday but I’m feeling good today. It’s hot though…

What are your impressions of “Mach”?
I think he’s a complete fighter.

What point will you look out for?
To tightly keep my concentration. I have to concentrate and fight.

You have to fight two times in one day to win the GP, do you have any previous experience of this?
A long time ago, around 10 years ago, I have fought more than one fight in one day. But at that time no one did any special training to handle more than one fight in a day.

What is most important for winning the GP?
For me one fight is important. There isn’t really anything that is particularly important.

You entered with a costume last time, how about this time?
I wonder if I’ll wear a chain around my neck (laugh). (this probably isn’t correctly translated but he basically doesn’t give a clear cut answer and teases about it a little)

Have you studied Mach’s fights on video?
Of course.

#10: YouTube DREAM Channel Opened

Check it out here. Manhoef’s, Taylor’s, Saffiedine’s, and High’s pre-fight interviews are in English. I will translate some of the other ones and include them in future updates.

#9: DREAM EP Sasahara: Aoki Top Contender Even In Loss

When talking to the Japanese press today, Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro said: “If I win against Aoki and then Kawajiri, isn’t a fight with Hansen necessary?”

When DREAM EP Sasahara heard this, he said: “Even if Aoki loses this time, I think the top contender for Hansen’s belt is Aoki. Shaolin has only fought once in DREAM, after beating Aoki will he only get the right to talk.”

#8: Breakdown: Kikuno Vs. Dida

I think this fight is one of the toughest fights to predict on the card. When Kikuno fought Jang Yong Kim he got hit with Kim’s hooks quite cleanly in some of their exchanges. If those were Dida’s hooks it could have been a bad night for Kikuno.

Kikuno has powerful punches and kicks. His kicks to the body (the crescent kick) could be one of the keys to victory for him. A few strikes to the body by Buakaw slowed Dida down considerably, and Kikuno’s kicks are fast (especially his high kicks) and have good power. In almost all of his recent fights you can see his opponents being dropped or being in pain from his crescent kick. Kikuno drops his hands quite low when he kicks though.

Dida also has very powerful strikes. He used to throw almost only chute boxe style hooks and uppercuts. However, when looking at his latest fights in K-1 one can see that he throws more straight punches. Something which I think he should continue doing against Kikuno.

I think an important part of the fight is how Dida strikes. Kikuno is quite good at evading punches and then clinch up with his opponent. Kikuno’s whole takedown game is basically to trip people while clinching with them. So if Dida lunges forward with his chute boxe hooks I can see Kikuno clinching and taking him down all fight long.

While on top Kikuno has decent punches. He doesn’t really try to pass or go for submissions though. Dida is decent at tying up his opponent on the ground (he should have better defense now considering who he is training with) so I don’t think much will happen in terms of finishing the fight while there.

I can definitely see Dida hurting and maybe even stopping Kikuno with punches early. I haven’t seen Dida losing to anyone standing up in MMA. He forced both Calvan and Alvarez to take him down. I don’t think Kikuno’s stance (especially the extreme version of it he showed against Matsumoto) will work against all types of opponents.

However, I think Kikuno will be able to clinch and trip Dida when he gets overaggressive. The rest of the time Kikuno will slow him down with low kicks and crescent kicks to the body. A fatigued Dida will not have his hand raised after 15 minutes when the DEEP Lightweight champion takes the unanimous decision.

#7: Sik Vs. Taylor & Fight Order Announced

The all but official Yoon Dong Sik vs. Jesse Taylor fight is now official for DREAM.10. The fight order for the event has also been released.

HEIWA DREAM.10 Welterweight GP 2009 Finals
Date: July 20th, 2009
Place: Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan

DREAM Welterweight GP Final:
8. Sakurai/Zaromskis vs. Galvao/High

Lightweight Fight:
7. Shinya Aoki vs. Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro

Middleweight Fights:
6. Yoon Dong Sik vs. Jesse Taylor
5. Melvin Manhoef vs. Paulo Filho

Lightweight Fight:
4. Andre Dida vs. Katsunori Kikuno

DREAM Welterweight GP Semifinals:
3. Andre Galvao vs. Jason High
2. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis

DREAM Welterweight GP Reserve Fight:
1. Seichi Ikemoto vs. Tarec Saffiedine

#6: Pre-DREAM.10 Multimedia

Sherdog Radio: Jason High Interview
Sherdog: Paulo Filho Training Pictures
Tatame: Andre Galvao Speaks
Tatame: Dida Prepares With BJJ
GracieMag: Paulo Filho Is Ready

#5: Manhoef In Good Shape

Manhoef Is Ready - GBRing.com

Manhoef Is Ready - GBRing.com

Manhoef has arrived in Japan and talked with the press today. He said that he’s in good shape and that he has already finished cutting to the weight limit. He says that this time he has been able to prepare for the fight for 7-8 weeks since the fight was announced early (hopefully some Japanese orgs can start doing this for most of their fights). 100% victory.

#4: Kakutou Ouji – DREAM.10

DREAM.10 segment of the latest Kakutou Ouji episode. Part 1, 2.

#3: One More Fight

One more fight is planned to be announced for DREAM.10, making it a total of 8 fights. DREAM Event Producer Sasahara said that the final announced fight will be either in the Middleweight or Heavyweight division.

#2: Reserve Fight Set

The Welterweight GP reserve fight was announced today. DEEP champion Seichi Ikemoto will return to take on undefeated Tarec Saffiedine.

#1: One Arm Is Enough For “Mach”

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, who will look to capture the DREAM Welterweight GP title and become the first ever DREAM Welterweight champion on the 20th, told reporters in his open training session today that one arm is good enough for him if he fights a K-1 fighter in an MMA rules match. He even demonstrated on his sparring partner.

How to beat K-1 fighters in MMA - Kamipro.com

How to beat K-1 fighters in MMA - Kamipro.com

  1. whommmev
    July 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Mach is going to get his head cracked open by Zaromskis.

  2. Minowa
    July 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    Back-Flip Head Stomp!! Hell YEAH!

  3. sdub
    July 15, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    everytime champion!!

  4. gjs
    July 16, 2009 at 12:21 am

    Any word on additions to the card? Surely a GP reserve fight will be added real soon, right? That’ll leave the card at 7 matches, which is still less than usual.

  5. July 16, 2009 at 5:10 am

    there should be today or tomorrow. Probably more then 1 fight, you don’t book saitama with 7 fights.

  6. whommmev
    July 16, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Apparently Dong Sik Yoon vs. Jesse Taylor at DREAM.10. I love it.

  7. whommmev
    July 16, 2009 at 7:31 am

    And according to Jorden Breen twitter, Tarec Saffiedine vs. Seiichi Ikemoto for WWGP Reserve fight.

  8. ShootJunkie
    July 16, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Hopefully a Dongbar is in order.

  9. July 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Dong Sik Yoon vs. Jesse Taylor should be the final fight. they should of added one more in the HW range to make the card a bit more exciting. maybe Mighty Mo vs LeBanner or Schilt MMA rules. like NOB said, it is the Saitama Super Arena.

    from what iv heard, Einemo got moved to Dream.11 so dont expect him to be the last fight announced on this card. that means its probably Dong vs Taylor

  10. July 16, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    yeah, looks to be that fight.

    I hope this doesn’t happen again. I’m not against new fighters, but making people wait this long and then announcing those two fights.

    I hope their excuse is that they are currently coming up with big surprises for dream.11.

    The rest of the card is really good though. Really looking forward to aoki/shaolin and kikuno/dida.

  11. CloudX
    July 16, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I bet you they were banking on Mirko Cro Cop working this show. I think that is why they booked Saitama Super Arena instead of say Ariake Coliseum. But it blew up in their face and having K-1 World MAX a week before in prime time on TBS didn’t help in terms of promotion and what fighters they could use. Regardless its actually a decent card, but no way should this be at SSA and the ticket sales seem to indicate this. By the way this is my first time posting and this is a great site. Keep up the good work.

  12. July 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm


    yup, that’s what I thought. Fighters they wanted fell through and they waited and waited, trying to get something bigger.

    I doubt it would’ve taken this long to negotiate with the fighters that have been announced if they were their plan from the beginning.

  13. CJN
    July 16, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Ah well, slightly lackluster card, but the good fights should make up for it. 🙂

  14. CloudX
    July 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    How bad are the ticket sales and would this be a big loss for DREAM? Or is everything banking on DREAM 11 because of the primetime slot on TBS? Sorry for the amount of questions, its just really weird that this is a SSA card. This could be their version of the Sengoku 3 disaster,they just have to soldier on and do their best with what they have.

  15. July 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    They’re not good. I think you can still buy tickets in any section of the arena.

    DREAM.11 is definitely more important than this event, but hiring the ssa isn’t free, so they probably had some plans for this too.

  16. kawa's boy toy
    July 17, 2009 at 12:25 am

    miyata is looking ripped as usual (in Kakutou Ouji). Hope he fights in Dream soon.

  17. CloudX
    July 17, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Do you think DREAM 10 can get a good walkup or will they paper the hell of the SSA to make it look decent like Sengoku has done in the past? And who do u think is behind the last minute announcements? Is it FEG/TBS or is it Sasahara because I read something about TBS forcing the Super Hulk GP on DREAM on sherdog a few days ago about influence on matchmaking.

  18. tinobar
    July 17, 2009 at 4:29 am

    was not going to watch till you mentioned miyata

  19. July 17, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I don’t think so, not with these announcements.

    TBS definitely influences some things but I don’t think they get too involved in events that aren’t on primetime.

  20. Minowa
    July 17, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Manhoeaf is practicing BJJ-Killer-Power-Bomb. (^_^)

  21. whomever
    July 18, 2009 at 7:43 am

    I think Dida’s cardio could be a key factor. He was extremely drained after the first round in his fight with Buakaw. If it gets to that point, and Kikuno is still in the fight, it’ll be over for Dida.

  22. Minowa
    July 19, 2009 at 9:58 am

    And what if Mach will not make weight?
    According to DREAM official rules, the only penalty for missing weight is 10% or 20% purse deduction, but no yellow-card or point deduction! Strange…

    http://www.k-1.co.jp/k-1gp/e004.htm#article10 (EN)
    http://www.dreamofficial.com/free/rule/ (JP)

  23. July 19, 2009 at 10:11 am

    They’d probably still let him fight.

  24. kawa's boy toy
    July 19, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Haha, Shaolin has no clue who Aoki is: “Aoki is good both STANDING and on ground.” What a nutjob.

  25. CJN
    July 20, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Was about to say the same thing. I hope he’s just being polite, otherwise I wonder if he’s even watched any tape on Aoki…

  26. guy lafleur
    July 20, 2009 at 2:25 am

    >Jason High: “I’ll win the GP. I’ll do my best.” (all in Japanese)

    Im not sure if he knows japanese or just learned those few words but no matter, he has my utmost respect.

    A lot of people whoeve never left their basement might think this is meaningless but people always appreciate the effort as Im sure the japanese do.

  27. Petros Malaka
    July 20, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Agreed. I wuz in Rome 2 yr ago and Djokovic the serbian tennis player was getting huge lovin’ from the italians… I asked my italian friends about it and they said he speaks italian well enough to do interviews (his trainer or therapist works from Italy) and the fans go bonkers for that kind of stuff… i know in greece that footbal players who bother to learn a few phrases like how are you, thank you, nice to see you get extra love from greeks and i presume that its the same everywhere and very understandable.
    just a little effort goes a long way… why wouldnt you spend 10mins on it?

  28. Petros Malaka
    July 20, 2009 at 4:02 am

    hey, anything is good as long as he stays off the ground.
    he is about as useless as Butterbean when it comes to newaza.
    god i love K-1 fighters

  29. kawa's boy toy
    July 20, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Well, I guess when he meant good, he actually meant Aoki is better than him standing. haha.

  30. July 20, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    How much do you think trying to cut for 8 HOURS!!! affected his stamina?

    Forced water loss (on someone who is already very lean and cut) is VERY dangerous for non-violent events that demand physical exertion. For MMA, it borders on criminal negligence.
    I hope DREAM fixes this with a time limit.
    You have 1hr or you lose X% of your purse.
    But 8 hours???

    You are NOT doing the athlete a favour by allowing this to continue.

    I dont think its right to have the athlete hampered with a yellow card or point deduction but have no problem with the purse punishment. Heck, Id be willing to have that 10-20% be held in escrow until the fighter fights again and if he makes the cut give him back that previous amount. Or make it that you have to have two fights in a row before they give you back their money.

  31. CSKit
    July 20, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Yeah, it as weird to see Aoki shut Shaolin down standing.

  32. whomever
    July 20, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I think Sasahara said that DREAM.12 will be in Osaka. Is that right? I’m getting it from his interview on the DREAM site.

  33. CSKit
    July 20, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    I know DREAM.11 is in Yokohama, but I’m not sure where DREAM.12 is, I thought it would be in Saitama.

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