|Industry||Mixed martial arts promotion|
|Founded||February 13, 2008|
|Founder||Sadaharu Tanikawa (President of FEG)|
|Defunct||June 3, 2012; revived: October 25, 2012|
|Keiichi Sasahara, Head and Matchmaker |
Daisuke Sato, Productions Director
|Parent||Real Entertainment Co. Ltd.|
They promoted over 20 shows highlighting Japanese and international talent, establishing or enhancing the careers of fighters such as Shinya Aoki, Gesias Cavalcante, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Ronaldo Jacaré, Eddie Alvarez, Jason Miller, Kazushi Sakuraba, Gegard Mousasi and Alistair Overeem.
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After Zuffa acquired Pride, former Dream Stage Entertainment executives put on a collaborative New Year's Eve mixed martial arts event with Shooto, M-1 Global, and the Fighting and Entertainment Group, called Yarennoka!. While the event was intended to be a farewell show for Pride, its success and further petitioning by Japanese MMA fans prompted the FEG and the DSE staff to combine their efforts and form a new promotion.
Their new promotion was confirmed on February 13, 2008, along with Hero's dissolution. All of Hero's' fighters were confirmed (such as Hero's champions Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Akiyama and JZ Calvan) to be part of the new promotion along with the additions of Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba, Mitsuhiro Ishida, and Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Another notable announcement was Dream's partnership with M-1 Global, who confirmed that they would allow the last Heavyweight Champion of Pride (and the winner of the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix), Fedor Emelianenko, to fight in their events. Emelianenko was present at the Dream press conference to promote the alliance between the two shows.
On May 2, 2008, Dream aired for the first time in the United States with a repeat of Dream 1 on HDNet. A repeat of Dream 2 was aired the following day, while Dream 3 was aired live on May 11. The promotion's later events would air as a part of the network's HDNet Fights series.
On May 10, 2008, Dream announced the working partnership with US promotion EliteXC. The two groups intended to share fighters and eventually co-promote shows. However, with EliteXC went bankrupt before the alliance could materialize.
Cease of business operations
On May 16, 2012, Sadaharu Tanikawa officially declared the bankruptcy of FEG. The promotion began to be managed by its proper parental company Real Entertainment Co. Ltd. and as of June 3, 2012, Dream has effectively gone out of business.
The promotion's final show, "Dream.18: Special NYE 2012", was announced for December 31, 2012, under the financial backing of kickboxing promotion Glory Sports International. The event promoted mixed martial arts and kickboxing bouts at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, carrying on the tradition of fight events every New Year's Eve.
Dream had 7 weight classes. Unlike Hero's, each weight class had a champion with a defendable title.
- Bantamweight – 61 kilograms (134 lb)
- Featherweight – 65 kilograms (143 lb)
- Lightweight – 70 kilograms (154 lb)
- Welterweight – 76 kilograms (168 lb)
- Middleweight – 84 kilograms (185 lb)
- Light Heavyweight – 93 kilograms (205 lb)
- Heavyweight – no upper limit
- There were three 5-minute rounds.
- Fights were to be judged in their entirety by three judges, not on a round-by-round ten-point-must basis (more common to North American promotions).
- A winner was always to be declared, as draws were not possible.
Dream allowed fighters latitude in their choice of attire, but open finger gloves, a mouthguard and a protective cup were mandatory. Fighters were allowed to use tape on parts of their body or to wear a gi top, gi pants, wrestling shoes, kneepads, elbow pads, or ankle supports at their own discretion, though each had to be checked by the referee before the fight.
Fouls and violations
- Stomps and soccer kicks to the head of a grounded opponent were not allowed (unless both fighters were on the ground), but they were allowed to the rest of the body.
- Elbows to the head were prohibited.
- If there was a 15 kilograms (33 lb) or more weight difference between the fighters, knees to the head of a grounded opponent were not allowed.
- A grounded opponent was defined as one in a three-point position. If a fighter had, for example, both knees and one hand on the floor facing the mat, then no kicks to the head were allowed.
- Strikes to the back of the head were not allowed.
- In case of a "no contest" or injury, the fighter able to continue would go through to the next round; if neither fighter was able to continue, the promoter would choose a replacement fighter to go through.
|Division||Upper weight limit||Champion||Since||Title Defenses|
|Heavyweight||Unlimited||Alistair Overeem||December 31, 2010 (Dynamite!! 2010)|
|Light Heavyweight||93 kg (205.0 lb)||Gegard Mousasi||September 25, 2010 (Dream 16)||1|
|Middleweight||84 kg (185.2 lb)||Gegard Mousasi||September 23, 2008 (Dream 6)|
|Welterweight||76 kg (167.6 lb)||Marius Zaromskis||July 20, 2009 (Dream 10)||1|
|Lightweight||70 kg (154.3 lb)||Shinya Aoki||October 6, 2009 (Dream 11)||2|
|Featherweight||65 kg (143.3 lb)||Hiroyuki Takaya||December 31, 2010 (Dynamite!! 2010)||2|
|Bantamweight||61 kg (134.5 lb)||Bibiano Fernandes||December 31, 2011 (Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoko 2011)||0|
|2008||Lightweight||Joachim Hansen||Shinya Aoki|
|2008||Middleweight||Gegard Mousasi||Ronaldo Souza|
|2009||Welterweight||Marius Zaromskis||Jason High|
|2009||Featherweight||Bibiano Fernandes||Hiroyuki Takaya|
|2009||Superhulk (openweight)||Ikuhisa Minowa||Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou|
|2010||Light Heavyweight||Gegard Mousasi||Tatsuya Mizuno|
|2011||JP Bantamweight||Hideo Tokoro||Masakazu Imanari|
|2011||Bantamweight||Bibiano Fernandes||Antonio Banuelos|
- Total event number: 24
These cities have hosted the following numbers of Dream events as of Dream 18:
- Japan (24)
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