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DREAM 12 to Feature Six-Sided Cage; Eddie Alvarez vs. Katsunori Kikuno to Headline

dream12cageIt looks like the recent surge of popularity of mixed martial arts stateside has influenced the Japanese promoters of DREAM to Americanize their event to some degree.

DREAM has long used a four cornered ring during all of their events up until this point. They have also long employed two rounds, with the first being ten minutes and the second being five, as opposed to the three five-minute rounds commonly used in the United States.

The promotion announced today that DREAM 12 will not only be the first to feature three rounds, it will also be the first event to utilize a six-sided white cage.

The event is set to take place from the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan on October 25, and will air live on HDNet.

The main event for the card will be a lightweight bout between Eddie Alvarez and Katsunori Kikuno. Also announced for the event is another lightweight match-up Kuniyoshi Hironaka and Won Sik Park.

Today DREAM announced that the recent changes to the normal format will only take place once a year, also referencing the brand’s recent partnership with Strikeforce as a negotiating factor behind the decision to give the changes a shot.

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