The highly anticipated Dream press conference, announcing the promotion’s return to active duty in Japan, has wrapped up and here’s what AsianMMA.com took away from it.
- As AsianMMA.com previously reported, Pierre Andurand and Glory Sports International are bankrolling the show.
- Bas Boon, the man behind the original Glory World Series kickboxing events, helped orchestrate the whole deal to hold a New Year’s Eve show.
- Former K-1 and Dream owner FEG has no involvement at all with the current iteration of Dream.
- Glory hopes to hold 10 events in Japan next year, though officials made no mention of how many will be MMA and how many will be kickboxing.
- Dream.18 New Year’s Eve Special will bring back the high production value that Dream originally had under its past ownership.
- Dream.18 aims to have 13 fights: 10 MMA and three kickboxing bouts.
- Boon said he would like to carry on the tradition of having a kickboxer vs. mixed martial artist fight.
- Satoru Kitaoka, Hiroyuki Takaya and Tatsuya Kawajiri are the only confirmed fighters for Dream.18 thus far.
- Like past Dream New Year’s Eve events, and Pride and K-1 before that, Dream.18 New Year’s Eve Special will be held at the Saitama Super Arena.
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