Current King of the Cage flyweight champion and former EliteXC bantamweight title challenger Abel Cullum is the latest fighter to be added to the field for DREAM’s upcoming featherweight Grand Prix.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com confirmed the news late Friday with Cullum’s father and manager, John Cullum.
Cullum, 13-2, received his first shot a national exposure when he challenged Wilson Reis for the then-vacant EliteXC bantamweight title during a ShoXC event this past September. While Reis walked away with the title following a five round unanimous decision but the 21-year old Cullum impressed many pundits with his skills.
The Tucumcari, New Mexico resident last competed for King of the Cage in December, where he submitted Brett Roller with a rear naked choke at 1:47 of round 1. He also holds notable wins over Ryan Diaz, Zach Jenkins, and Jasper Church.
Cullum joins an already announced field that includes Atsushi Yamamoto, Micah Miller, Bibiano Fernandes, Hideo Tokoro, Daiki “D.J. Taiki” Hata, Chase Beebe, Hiroyuki Takaya, Joe Warren, Shoji Maruyama, Kim Jong Won, Takafumi Otsuka, Wicky Akiyo, and Masakazu Imanari.
The first round of the DREAM featherweight Grand Prix is scheduled to take place at Dream.7 on March 7 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The Grand Prix’s second round is scheduled for May at Dream.9 at a yet to be announced location. The finals are tentatively scheduled for Dream.11 in September at the Saitama Super Arena.