Final Preparations! Getting Ready For The White Cage
#17: Fighters Gathered
#16: The White Cage Net Not Metal
Sasahara also talked about the net of the cage. It will not be metal, it’ll be some advanced material for durability that is also used for tuna and yellow tail cultivation among other things called matrix. He says that it’s impact absorbability is excellent.
Apparently the guy in charge of some net manufacturer was a PRIDE fan by chance so they stopped all other work to work on the net of the white cage. The color of the net is beige.
#15: Fighter Comments #3
Parky: “In spite of being on the big stage called DREAM, I failed to make weight. I want to apologize for that. I’ll definitely try to drop the weight within an hour so please anticipate tomorrows fight. I’m really sorry, Hironaka.”
Kuniyoshi Hironaka: “Cages are my field of expertise so I want to display my strong point.”
#14: Fighter Comments #2
Myeon Ho Bae: “With the champion as an opponent, I want to show everyone a wonderful fight.”
Marius Zaromskis: “I’ll show an exciting fight. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”
#13: DREAM EP Sasahara Said
That the total area of the white cage is the largest in the world.
#12: Fighter Comments #1
Katsunori Kikuno: “First of all, I’m grateful that Alvarez accepted the fight. Tomorrow I’ll definitely show an ichigeki (one hit knockout) so please look forward to it.”
Eddie Alvarez: “As always, I’ll show an exciting and fast paced fight.”
#11: Weigh-In Results
9. HW: Alistair Overeem (115kg) vs. James Thompson (126kg)
8. LW: Katsunori Kikuno (70kg) vs. Eddie Alvarez (69.8kg)
7. WW: Marius Zaromskis (76kg) vs. Myeon Ho Bae (75.8kg)
6. MW: Kazushi Sakuraba (84kg) vs. Zelg “Benkei” Galesic (85kg)
5. MW: Katsuyori Shibata (83.3kg) vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa (84kg)
4. MW: Yoon Dong Sik (84kg) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (83kg)
3. FW: Yoshiro Maeda (62.8kg) vs. Chase Beebe (63kg)
2. LW: Parky (71kg, will weigh-in again) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (70kg)
1. FW: Keisuke Fujiwara (62.8kg) vs. Tomoya Miyashita (63kg)
#10: Ishizawa’s Impression Of DREAM
When asked, Ishizawa said: “It’s PRIDE with no money” and he’s also not happy about the fight being set so close to the event.
#9: Fight Order Announced
Saffiedine is the official replacement of Filho.
9. HW: Alistair Overeem vs. James Thompson
8. LW: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
7. WW: Marius Zaromskis vs. Myeon Ho Bae
6. MW: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Zelg “Benkei” Galesic
5. MW: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa
4. MW: Yoon Dong Sik vs. Tarec Saffiedine
3. FW: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Chase Beebe
2. LW: Parky vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
1. FW: Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Tomoya Miyashita
#8: Replacement Is Saffiedine?
Filho’s replacement might be. He defeated Seichi Ikemoto at DREAM.10.
#7: Parky Has Arrived
Korean Won Sik Park is in Japan and talked with the press today. Parky is excited that he can finally fight in an event which will be observed by a larger part of the world.
About the cage Parky says that cage or not, the stronger person will win (I think, or he says that cage or not, he’ll win in a strong way). About Hironaka, Parky says that there’s no doubt about him being a tough opponent, but that he’s an opponent he hast to pass through.
#6: Paulo Filho Out
Due to visa problems according to his mother.
#5: Paulo Filho Missing
Paulo Filho was supposed to arrive to Japan on Thursday. He didn’t however and DREAM EP Sasahara is worried. He says that he hasn’t been able to contact either Filho’s manager or Filho himself.
#4: Kikuno’s Fight Shorts
Katsunori Kikuno’s fight shorts are complete and he showed it yesterday on his blog.
In a blog update he made today, Kikuno writes that he’s entered Osaka. He will be photographed and after that he’ll work on the final stage of his weight cutting for the fight.
He also wrote: “Alistair is biiiig!”
Source: Katsunori Kikuno’s Blog
#3: Overeem Vs. Thompson
A Heavyweight fight between Alistair Overeem and James Thompson is now official for DREAM.12 on Sunday.
#2: Alistair’s Opponent
Most likely James Thompson.
#1: Public Weigh-Ins
On October 24th from 12 PM at the Hotel Osaka Baytower. All D.12 fighters will be present.