Fanhouse’s Michael David Smith is reporting that Alistair Overeem’s DREAM.12 opponent in the cage will be none other than the ear-exploding James Thompson. Thompson, known for losing his last four fights to Neil Grove, Brett Rogers, Kimbo Slice and Jim York will be best known to fans as the guy who Kimbo hit so hard his ear exploded on CBS Network’s first attempt at live MMA for the masses.
Overeem given another gimme fight, but I’m not complaining that we’ll get to see some high class demolition at DREAM.12.
Some updates to the card for Dream 12, aka, Dream in a Cage. The biggest news revolves around the Zelg Galesic fight. Originally set up as Galesic v. Melvin Manhoef, the fight is now Galesic v. Kazushi Sakuraba after Manhoef was forced to drop out due to injury. No word on the details yet, but considering he fought in 2008 with tubes in his chest, one has to assume it’s a big enough injury to really keep Melvin out. As for Sakuraba, this will be the beloved Japanese veteran’s second fight in October after a long layoff to open the year. One interesting note on Sakuraba, because of the cage Dream has made it a point to choose fighters with cage experience – not so here. This will be Sakuraba’s first cage fight since his lone UFC appearance in 1997.
The current card, courtesy of Nightmare of Battle:
Date: October 25th, 2009
Place: Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan
LW: Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
LW: Parky vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
WW: Marius Zaromskis vs. Myeon Ho Bae
MW: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Zelg “Benkei” Galesic
MW: Yoon Dong Sik vs. Paulo Filho
MW: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tokimitsu Ishizawa
FW: Yoshiro Maeda vs. Chase Beebe
FW: Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Tomoya Miyashita
HW: Alistair Overeem vs. TBA
K-1 held a press conference yesterday to announce a number of details for the big Dynamite!! show on December 31. This year’s event will take place at the Saitama Super Arena, and will once again be a stacked, 5+ hour, 18 fight card consisting of both K-1 and MMA.
The big fight announced so far is Masato’s retirement fight, planned to be against the K-1 MAX 2009 champion. This will still take place, and will be the main event of the evening, however Masato’s opponent may not be the MAX champion, as Masato indicated that he would like to fight Andy Souwer, a man he has never defeated. In one very interesting development for this fight, Tanigawa stated that the fight would perhaps not be the traditional 3 round K-1 fight, but could be 7 or even 10 rounds. An announcement regarding the main event will be made after the MAX finals.
In addition to Masato, other participants mentioned at the conference include Kazushi Sakuraba, Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto, Hideo Tokoro, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Minowaman, Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Hong-Man Choi, Badr Hari, and Jerome Le Banner. Look for the first preview video later this week.
Tim Sylvia’s manager Monte Cox has gone on record saying Tim’s next fight will most likely be at the DREAM/K1 NYE show. Who will he be fighting against? The names being thrown around are our favorite fighter, Alistair Overeem or against everybody’s favorite giant freak, Hong Man Choi. Two different fighters and two very different kinds of fights. One a legitimate challenge, the other a freakshow fight.
In fact, Cox said he has been involved in serious negotiations with both DREAM and Sengoku, and believes Sylvia will fight next on New Year’s Eve for either organization.
“I feel pretty confident that he is going to fight there,” Cox said on Thursday.
Cox added that Alistair Overeem and Hong Man Choi have been discussed as potential opponents for Sylvia, but nothing has been finalized just yet. A fight against either man would take place in a DREAM ring because they are both under contract with that organization.
Sylvia was rumored to be scheduled to make his DREAM debut on Oct. 25, but his recent injury delayed those plans. Regardless, a high-profile victory on Dec. 31 could be just what the doctor ordered for Sylvia, who prior to the win over Riley, lost four of his last fight bouts, including an embarrassing nine-second loss to Ray Mercer.
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Melvin Manhoef has been announced for Dream 12 as he will step into the Dream cage against Zelg Galesic. Galesic was last seen in Dream last year when he made it to the semi-finals of the MW tournament, losing to Jacare. Also added to the card is the last man to defeat Manhoef in MMA, Paulo Filho. Filho will face Dong Sik Yoon, returning to action after suffering an injury against Jesse Taylor at Dream 10. The confirmed line-up is as follows:
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
Parky vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Melvin Manhoef vs. Zelg “Benkei” Galesic
Yoon Dong Sik vs. Paulo Filho
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Chase Beebe
As Zach Arnold pointed out so eloquently, this reeks of desperation on FEG’s part. DREAM.11 will be only the second and the last DREAM event to be broadcast on the Tokyo Broadcasting Station. DREAM has been known to have some issues recently, and adding Sakuraba to the card is simply to increase the exposure, to say, “LOOK GUYS ITS SAKU!”
That being said, the promotional video is ripped directly from the mid-90’s Anime series, “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” No opponent named yet, but hints of a “foreigner.”