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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