By Zach Arnold | September 23, 2008
The claimed attendance for the DREAM 9/23 Saitama show was 20,929.
Update: Sports Navigator is reporting that DREAM 6 drew a 9.0% rating on TBS, with the high QH (quarter-hour) mark showing Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Masanori Tonooka drawing a 13.4% rating. Bad numbers, as expected.
Personal commentary: If you had to ask me what the odds of Fedor fighting on NYE are as opposed to working for Affliction, I give it an 80% chance that we’ll see him on NYE in Japan as opposed to fighting in the States.
Additionally speaking, it’s becoming clear that K-1 (Ishii) wants all the major MMA players in Japan working through him or his intermediaries. The prospects of Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Hidehiko Yoshida happening makes a lot of sense, as you can clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel where WVR, Pancrase, etc. end up cooperating with whatever consolidation business move Ishii wants to happen.
I still stick by my prediction that DREAM as an MMA concept is on its last legs, if not dead, because it’s not something that Ishii built on his own accord (he was in prison, after all). I do believe K-1 will modify the DREAM concept and reshape it into an MMA promotion with Ishii’s vision and creative direction.