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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.

My thoughts:

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.

  1. Joseph
    October 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Any updates on the perception of the cage in the Japanese MMA scene and for the Japanese audience? Did it get a positive or negative reaction, any main stream coverage, etc? Thanks NOB!

  2. October 27, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Joseph :

    Any updates on the perception of the cage in the Japanese MMA scene and for the Japanese audience? Did it get a positive or negative reaction, any main stream coverage, etc? Thanks NOB!

    I think people in the arena thought it was difficult to see, as Sasahara said.

    I’m not sure about people watching on TV.

    FightOpinion wrote that “Nevertheless, everyone involved in the event seemed very happy with the cage. The fans, fighters, and event promoters.”

    I don’t know about that. Some blog writers didn’t like it, Sasahara talked up the ring after the event, etc.

    I don’t think it got any special mainstream coverage for being in the cage, same as if it would’ve been in a ring.

  3. whomever
    October 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    DREAM.12 was a good event. Lots of exciting fights. The cage worked well, to me. I wouldn’t mind them using it again sometime.

  4. kawa's boy toy
    October 27, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    They want Saku to fight again so soon?! Who are they gonna put him up with? Ubereem? Poor Sak, he’s gonna die come NYE.

  5. stuart
    October 28, 2009 at 12:21 am

    The hard to see talk is just stupid. Unless you’re sitting directly ringside you’re going to watch the screens, ring or cage, especially when it hits the ground. It’s a non issue and sounds like an excuse. They need to keep using the cage. Dream will live or die by their tv audience, not by the few people sitting ringside.

    I find it hard to believe that the tv audience didn’t enjoy the flowing, uninterupted action. The cage is what will set them apart from Sengoku. Sengoku is the Japanese event with the better direction and longer term prospects, imo. Dream has the bigger stars but no clear direction after their nye show. Keep the cage.

  6. cacti
    October 28, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I hope Petrosyan’s hand isnt broken

  7. ian
    October 28, 2009 at 3:48 am

    stuart :
    The hard to see talk is just stupid. Unless you’re sitting directly ringside you’re going to watch the screens, ring or cage, especially when it hits the ground. It’s a non issue and sounds like an excuse. They need to keep using the cage. Dream will live or die by their tv audience, not by the few people sitting ringside.
    I find it hard to believe that the tv audience didn’t enjoy the flowing, uninterupted action. The cage is what will set them apart from Sengoku. Sengoku is the Japanese event with the better direction and longer term prospects, imo. Dream has the bigger stars but no clear direction after their nye show. Keep the cage.

    First of all, you left almost the exact same comment on the Youtube video. Second of all, I disagree. I’ve been to boxing matches and I didn’t watch the screen most of the time and I wasn’t ringside. While you may refer to it for details while they’re grappling, the ring is much easier to see. Also I would say Sengoku has no direction. They have very few contenders and no real stars. This was the best cage I’ve seen but I still prefer the ring by a huge margin.

  8. ShootJunkie
    October 28, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Although I also would’ve liked to see Kikuno fight a few more fights before taking a step-up to guys like Alvarez, I feel he definitely won over a lot of people with his valiant efforts. Loads of people on the forums have been speaking very highly of him and are now more excited to see him in the future. Plus, maybe he will see some incentive in improving both his groundgame and striking defense. I was blown away by his takedown defense. It wasn’t all bad.

    I did feel really bad for Parky though. He was doing very well for himself annd to see the fight end like that must have been disappointing for him to say the least. Lastly, WAR PETROSYAN!

  9. Joseph
    October 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

    ian :

    stuart :
    The hard to see talk is just stupid. Unless you’re sitting directly ringside you’re going to watch the screens, ring or cage, especially when it hits the ground. It’s a non issue and sounds like an excuse. They need to keep using the cage. Dream will live or die by their tv audience, not by the few people sitting ringside.
    I find it hard to believe that the tv audience didn’t enjoy the flowing, uninterupted action. The cage is what will set them apart from Sengoku. Sengoku is the Japanese event with the better direction and longer term prospects, imo. Dream has the bigger stars but no clear direction after their nye show. Keep the cage.

    First of all, you left almost the exact same comment on the Youtube video. Second of all, I disagree. I’ve been to boxing matches and I didn’t watch the screen most of the time and I wasn’t ringside. While you may refer to it for details while they’re grappling, the ring is much easier to see. Also I would say Sengoku has no direction. They have very few contenders and no real stars. This was the best cage I’ve seen but I still prefer the ring by a huge margin.

    Agreed. I went to Affliction twice and PRIDE in Vegas and even with crappy seats, you can see the action in the ring perfectly fine. I never really looked at the overhead screen unless they were interviewing someone for the close ups or replays.

  10. Rictor
    October 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Sasahara is great PR guy. Talking highly of the ring was what the fans wanted to hear. On the other side talking that just after you hold an event in a cage makes you think why bring a cage in the first place. Just as I’m saying, PR at it’s best LoL

  11. stuart
    October 29, 2009 at 4:00 am

    ian :

    stuart :
    The hard to see talk is just stupid. Unless you’re sitting directly ringside you’re going to watch the screens, ring or cage, especially when it hits the ground. It’s a non issue and sounds like an excuse. They need to keep using the cage. Dream will live or die by their tv audience, not by the few people sitting ringside.
    I find it hard to believe that the tv audience didn’t enjoy the flowing, uninterupted action. The cage is what will set them apart from Sengoku. Sengoku is the Japanese event with the better direction and longer term prospects, imo. Dream has the bigger stars but no clear direction after their nye show. Keep the cage.

    First of all, you left almost the exact same comment on the Youtube video. Second of all, I disagree. I’ve been to boxing matches and I didn’t watch the screen most of the time and I wasn’t ringside. While you may refer to it for details while they’re grappling, the ring is much easier to see. Also I would say Sengoku has no direction. They have very few contenders and no real stars. This was the best cage I’ve seen but I still prefer the ring by a huge margin.

    Sengoku is the event building for the future and investing in prospects. It’s not even worth debating. They’ve even got Ishii coming in to build the promotion around.

    Yeah, I left the same comment on the YT video cause it’s the truth. If you think that the ring is better for mma then you’re in total denial. Watch the fighter interviews from Dream, they all loved the cage when asked about it.

    Sacrificing a slightly worse ringside view for better, less interrupted action is worth it. Dream will live or die by their tv audience not the few people ringside. Anyway, it’s only a matter of time. In 5 years all the biggest promotions will be using a cage.

  12. Fightgod
    November 3, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    whats wrong with Restarts? dude thats one reason why i like the ring!

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