Final Preparations! Getting Ready For The Eleventh Dream
#19: Weigh-In Results
8. Joachim Hansen (68.2kg) vs. Shinya Aoki (69.8kg)
7. Kazushi Sakuraba (83.5kg) vs. Rubin Williams (82.5kg)
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri (69.9kg) vs. Melchor Barracuda (69.2kg)
5. Sokoudjou (100kg) vs. Bob Sapp (155kg)
4. Minowaman (87.5kg) vs. Choi Hong Man (145kg)
3. Joe Warren (62.7kg) vs. Bibiano Fernandes (62.7kg)
2. Hideo Tokoro (62.8kg) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (63kg)
1. DJ.taiki (62.8kg) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (62.8kg)
#18: Sakuraba Wants More Fights In 2009
At the weigh-ins today, Sakuraba said that if he’s unhurt, he’d like to have continuous fights this year (probably DREAM.12 and Dynamite!!).
#17: Miyata At The Weigh-Ins
He said that this morning he almost had no body fat at all.
#16: Fighters Gathered
#15: Fight Order Announced
HEIWA DREAM.11 Featherweight GP 2009 Finals
Date: October 6th, 2009
Place: Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan
Featherweight GP 2009 Final:
9. Tokoro/Takaya vs. Warren/Fernandes
DREAM Lightweight Title Fight:
8. Joachim Hansen vs. Shinya Aoki
7. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rubin Williams
6. Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Melchor Barracuda
Super Hulk Tournament Semifinals:
5. Sokoudjou vs. Bob Sapp
4. Minowaman vs. Choi Hong Man
Featherweight GP 2009 Semifinals:
3. Joe Warren vs. Bibiano Fernandes
2. Hideo Tokoro vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
Featherweight GP 2009 Reserve Fight:
1. DJ.taiki vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
#14: Sakuraba Vs. Pro Boxer
Kazushi Sakuraba will face pro boxer Rubin Williams at DREAM.11. Williams Boxing record is 29-8-1 and his record in his last 7 fights is 0-6-1.
#13: Joachim Hansen
Hansen says that both his mentality and condition are good. In his training for this fight he has put emphasis on the ground game. He has seen Aoki’s fight with Shaolin and knows that he has trained some kickboxing. However, he’s only thinking about doing his very best in the ring and winning.
#12: Kazuyuki Miyata
Miyata says that his weight cut is going well. He also said that he still has 4.3 kg to lose and that he’ll lose the rest tomorrow morning.
The weight cut doesn’t look very healthy to me after seeing the above picture. Add that he still has 4.3 to go and I wonder how much the cut will affect him in the fight.
#11: Warren At 110%
Confident GP semifinalist Joe Warren has arrived to Japan and he says that his condition is at 110%. He says that he has trained to be able to handle any type of fight easily. To prepare for the ground game of Bibiano, Joe says that he has, together with Alberto Crane (black belt) and others, developed a BJJ counter-plan for the fight. “I want to show a new technique”. He also said that he wants the fight to develop in the stand-up.
About the winner of the other semifinal, Warren says that he’s only thinking about his next opponent and bringing the belt home. “The likelihood of me winning the GP is 100%. My wife said to bring the belt back home. Because my child is too small to speak he hasn’t said anything but if he was older he would probably say the same thing (laugh).”
#10: Nakamura Fight Moved
It was announced at an urgent press conference today that Daisuke Nakamura’s next DREAM fight has been moved from DREAM.11 to DREAM.12 since an appropriate opponent couldn’t be found for him in time. Don’t be surprised if Nakamura’s opponent at DREAM.12 is Gilbert Melendez.
Sakuraba was officially announced as a participant of DREAM.11 at the same press conference and DREAM EP Sasahara said that his opponent will be announced tomorrow.
#9: Lightweight Title Fight Preview
#8: Sakuraba To Return At DREAM.11?
The Sakuraba video message is up and it seems like he will participate at DREAM.11 next week. The video is basically the FEG voice (his father) telling Sakuraba to do a sally at DREAM.11, Sakuraba saying but it’s only a week left, and then the voice provoking him and asking if he’ll run away or not. Sakuraba once again mumbles to himself: “I must not run away, I must not run away, etc.”. In the end it says to be continued.
#7: Message From Sakuraba
It might not be DREAM.11 related but tomorrow at 2 PM (Japanese time) Kazushi Sakuraba will release a message on DREAM’s YouTube channel.
#6: HMC – More Confident Than Ever
A very confident Hong Man Choi has arrived to Japan and was present at the DEEP Gym today where he said that he has trained in Korea for this fight. The main part of his training for this fight has been to up his speed, training similar to the training he did during his debut.
He also says that his weight has increased with 7-8 kg. He lost a lot of weight after his operation last year which was a concern but it looks like he’s starting to return to old form.
Compared to before his fight with Canseco earlier this year, Choi seems very confident this time. No “I’m at 50%” talk. Instead he adds that he has upped his physical strength, stamina, and that his condition is at its best.
About Minowaman’s specialty, leg submissions, Choi says there won’t be any problem and he also says that it will be impossible for Minowaman to take him down.
When the reporters mentioned Minowaman’s special sumo training (aired on Kakutou Ouji) for this fight Choi said that he laughed the whole day after seeing that. You can’t master Sumo techniques in such a short time.
“When will the fight end?”
HMC: “Within the first minute of the fight. Minowaman becoming a superman, needless to say, it’s impossible.”
#5: Public Weigh-Ins
On October 5th, an open to the public weigh-in will be held at Hotel East 21 in Tokyo. However, only people who have bought tickets for the event will be able to view the weigh-ins. All fighters of DREAM.11 will be present.
#4: Kakutou Ouji, October 1st
#3: TV Slot
DREAM.11 will be aired on TBS as one part of a two kakutougi events festival program on October 6th. The other half is the Boxing title fight between champion Denkaosan Kaovichit and the middle Kameda brother, challenger Daiki Kameda. Time: 19:50-22:54.
#2: Shinya Aoki Preview
#1: Minowaman Preview