Japanese MMA promotion DREAM ends operations

Fans enjoying the PRIDE-esque offerings of DREAM will have to find a new outlet for their Japanese MMA laced with electronic wizardry and Lenne Hardt’s voice. According to multiple reports, the organization is no longer conducting business operations and has no plans to promote future shows. DREAM’s issues relate to a lack of finances brought on by some poor decisions upstairs as well as Japan’s reduced interest in the sport.

MMA-Japan was first to report the crumbling state of DREAM.

If a silver lining is to be found, with the dissolution of DREAM a number of fighters will be free to negotiate with other organizations including rising Asian endeavor ONE FC as well as Bellator, Strikeforce, and the UFC.

DREAM was founded in early 2008 and put on a total of 23 shows with the last coming on December 31, 2011 and featuring the likes of Shinya Aoki and Fedor Emelianenko in action.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

5 COMMENTS
  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Goodbye,uber-sexy DREAM ring girls. :(

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    You must not be familiar with ONE FC’s ring girls:

    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1041876/ONE_FC_3_Ring_Girls_5.jpg

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    The middle one in that pic looks like she could be Arianni’s sis.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    with an injection of money for higher production values (which is coming) One FC could quickly sweep the Asian market. Hopefully the quality Japanese fighters will fall in and be willing to travel the relatively short distance to fight in Singapore. if they can maintain the balance between finding a place for crowd drawers like Huerta, Babalu, and Baroni, the quality big names like Kawajiri, Iminari & Aoki, the big local names but not yet world renown, and the up and coming Asiatic/Oceanic fighters, it could be awesome.
    Get a decent TV deal in the US/Europe (do HDNet or anyone pick it up) and we’re away.
    First three events have been very entertaining, cant wait for June 23rd

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Wonder how many fighters still have outstanding payroll issues that will never be paid….

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