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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

o.O - Sportsnavi.com

o.O - Sportsnavi.com

He said that this morning he almost had no body fat at all.

#16: Fighters Gathered

Everyone made weight - Sportsnavi.com

Everyone made weight - Sportsnavi.com

#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

Middleweight Fight:
7. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Rubin Williams

Lightweight Fight:
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

Aoki X HMC - Sportsnavi.com

Aoki X HMC - Sportsnavi.com

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

Thanks to the uploader. Part 1, 2, 3.

#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

  1. September 30, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    do you know if they will add one last fight plus an opponent for Nakamura, or if the cards set at 9 fights?

  2. October 1, 2009 at 5:37 am

    no, I don’t think they have said anything.

  3. CJN
    October 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Nakakura is still listed on the DREAM site with no opponent.

    A little surprised they haven’t announced the final card yet, but I guess DREAM cuts it close sometimes.

  4. CJN
    October 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Er, Nakamura.

  5. October 1, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    im guessing they scrap his fight, or they get Nagata to show up and get arm barred

    if it wasnt on such short notice, they could of signed Koyama. he would be a solid addition on Dream’s LW stable

  6. October 1, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    and oyea, Ktaro has fought in Dream before, Boku, and Buscape. plenty of good fighters they could of got for Nakamura. lets see what they come up with. hopefully not another fighter with a fish for his last name

  7. TOM
    October 2, 2009 at 7:28 pm


  8. CJN
    October 3, 2009 at 1:21 am


  9. October 3, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Hey the message of Saku is on, He say, is gonna be on DREAM.11, someone can translate?????

  10. Minowa
    October 3, 2009 at 7:07 am

    The FEG voice says something about Shibata and Funaki… I wonder why Saku cracks up when Funaki’s name is announced?
    Maybe Sakuraba X Daisuke Nakamura at DREAM.11?
    Remember Tamura X Tokoro open-weight fight from Dynamite’07? I know, it was something different, next episode of Tokoro-fights-MMA-legends-at-NYE series, but hey – everything’s possible in japanese MMA!

  11. Rictor
    October 3, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Haha, it’s indeed stylized as Evangelion 😀

  12. Rictor
    October 3, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Nope. The opponent will be foreigner.

  13. October 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

    yea thats Evangelion style, lol

  14. whomever
    October 3, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Nakamura has officially been moved to DREAM.12. Let’s hope for Melendez vs. Nakamura. That would be an amazing fight.

  15. Minowa
    October 3, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Saku’s youtube message is tagged with “Wrestling” and “Jiu-jitsu” words… Is this just a random tag or a hint?
    Who will be this foreign jiu-jitsu middleweight? Paulo Filho? Nah… It’s too late, Saku will probably end up fighting another Yuri Kisielov…

  16. ShootJunkie
    October 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Nakamura/Melendez would be sweet at Dream 12. I can’t even fathom how exciting it could be!

  17. stuart
    October 4, 2009 at 12:04 am

    Nakamura-Melendez would be awesome.

  18. LMW87
    October 4, 2009 at 12:27 am

    hahhahahahah… Sakuraba = Ikari Shinji!

  19. guy lafleur
    October 4, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Saku vs Hickson.

    You know it has to happen eventually.

    Its the only fight left for him with any meaning.

    And the japs will pay just for the privilege of seeing Hickson to go to the toilet..

  20. whomever
    October 4, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Miyata does look wrecked. His dyed hair isn’t doing him any favors either.

  21. Minowa
    October 4, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Easy win for Saku and a chance for am epic VTR!!
    It’s a shame FEG couldn’t sign some former champion – Williams is a no-name on a 7 fight non-winning streak…
    This fight is pretty weak compared to other Wrestler-vs-Boxer fights of the past :
    Antonio Inoki – Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner
    Nobuhiko Takada – Trevor Berbick
    Masa Funaki – Roberto Duran
    Kiyoshi Tamura – Matthew Sadd Mohammed
    Kazuyuki Fujita – Imamu Mayfield

  22. TOM
    October 4, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    Funaki-Duran is an oft-forgotten classic of this genre.

  23. Minowa
    October 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm

  24. wentz
    October 4, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    This will not be an actor-who-knows-how-to-wrestle versus a boxer. It will be an MMA fight.

  25. Dave's Not Home
    October 4, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I like this card:
    2 GP semis fights is good.
    Then the two lighthearted fights for the common TV viewer.
    Saku is for the old timers (and happily he wont get killed)
    Kawajiri is always good.
    Hansen/Aoki is a must see.
    And then GP Finals.

    So thats 5 prime fights, 2 made for TV and 1 fight is the seniors tour.
    I know a lot of the online haters like potatofart will crap on it without a second thought but this is a better card than I thought it was going to be and can hold with any that the Vegas mob throws on a regular basis.

  26. Jerry
    October 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    does Miyata really have more than 4 kilos to cut? I don’t see how that’s even possible in that amount of time…

  27. S
    October 4, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Fight opinion says: Smell the desperation — Kazushi Sakuraba to fight Rubin Williams at DREAM 11

  28. kawa's boy toy
    October 5, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Miyata turned into a tanned sexy gazelle at the weigh ins!!

  29. kenny wang
    October 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    I guess 2dopeboyz sued him

  30. whomever
    October 5, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    What the hell layout?

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