Awakened X Aftermath! Double Special
Two events in the books and both were entertaining.
DREAM EP Sasahara talked highly of the ring after the event, especially its functionality and ease of seeing for people in the arena.
He praised Sakuraba a lot who was sent to the hospital afterward without doing a post-fight interview. He wants Sakuraba to participate on NYE as well.
Sasahara also said that he wants to see Overeem vs. Fedor, which Alistair appealed for after his fight. He knows that it’s a hard fight to make but wants to advance talks for a possible implementation of it.
The average rating of DREAM.12 on TBS was a very low 1.7% with Alistair/Thompson topping at 2.7%. I know that the ratings for non-prime time events aren’t the most important but this reflects the state of DREAM (and MMA in Japan) right now.
The K-1 MAX Finals event got a 10.7% ratings, which I think is decent for an event without Masato. It seems like MAX has a base audience who tune in for K-1 MAX the brand.
New champion Petrosyan injured his hand in the finals and could be out for a while, so a fight between him and Masato on NYE is a little difficult.
Kikuno shouldn’t have fought someone on Alvarez level so soon. It’s a shame. With guys like him you want them to go on a winning streak before big fights.
The dark cloud of the weekend was Parky’s injury against Hironaka. Amazing first round by a very young fighter in such a big step-up in competition. Shame to have such a loss on your record.
Cheon/Watanabe was awesome. Cheon has courage. His kicks and walk-in knees when Watanabe threw punches in close range by the ropes/turnbuckles were awesome. I thought he won unanimously.
As already known, Petrosyan is great. I hope he manages to face Masato on NYE. I think Masato vs. someone new like him is good for the future of MAX.
Referee Kakuda is horrible.