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DREAM 9/23 Saitama Super Arena

By Zach Arnold | September 22, 2008

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Play-by-play here. Post your comments if you watch the show live…

Of note from the BE report: Fedor comes to the ring in between fights and briefly addresses the fans. According to HDNet’s translator, Fedor says that he’d like to face Ishii but “unfortunately that hasn’t been decided yet,” and that he hopes to return to Japan to fight on New Year’s Eve.

What about that Affliction booking for January? Hmm.

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10 Responses to “DREAM 9/23 Saitama Super Arena”

  1. Jose says:

    So, is Fedor fighting on NYE and is it the winner of Overeem/Crocop or is it Ishi? I’m confused here.

    Oh, and good win for Funaki!! Loved it!

  2. karat3 says:

    Is the affliction jan 17 date confirmed yet? I don’t think so, if that event took place late january or early february fedor could make both shows.

    Ofc thats probably too risky of a move.

  3. D.Capitated says:

    Ishii has been asked about fighting Fedor in the recent past and basically said it was a no go. Its kinda funny that between seeing Fedor fight the judoka or a second fight with Cro-Cop (which has been in the works forever and a day now), I’d now much rather see how the judoka fares.

  4. 45 Huddle says:

    So the Top 10 Middleweights should now have the following fighters in it (no exact order)

    Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Nathan Marquardt, Yushin Okami, Paulo Filho, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Gegard Mousasi, Frank Trigg, Kazuo Misaki, & Robbie Lawler.

    I assume Akiyama & Mousasi will be fighting soon.

  5. Rollo the Cat says:

    I would put Leites in there too and Kampmann, until he drops down officially. I would even argue for Cote. Drop Trigg and Lawler.

  6. zack says:

    Not a great night of fights and definitely not worth staying up until 530AM on a work night. The Cro Cop fight was a total bummer.

    The upkick on the Mousasi/Jacare fight was pretty epic, but came out of nowhere. The tourney fights lasted for a total of 3 minutes probably. Relatively anti-climatic. The Sakurai & Tokoro fights were good. The Sergei/Ambriz fight was HILARIOUS!

  7. 45 Huddle says:

    I have not seen any of the fights, but it is sad to hear it was a disappointment. Did Funaki/Minowa look like a work? Anytime there is a quick finish with two guys like that, the question typically comes up.

  8. zack says:

    I don’t see why they’d want to put over Funaki unless it was some sort of retirement send off. The fight looked almost exactly like Minowa’s fight with Don Frye from a couple weeks ago, only with Minowa playing the part of Frye.

    Dumb idea playing the leglock game with someone while wearing shoes.

  9. David says:

    “Dumb idea playing the leglock game with someone while wearing shoes” – thats what the announcers were saying, and it’s totally true.

    Mirko looked no good against Overeem, and Overeem is an IDIOT for not putting Cro-Cop away while he had the chance, instead he fouls out, what a moron, he coulda done it too.

    What was Jacare doing trying to punch through guard?


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