Dream 13

21 03 2010

For those of you who like to stay up really late, and need more than the UFC to satisfy your mixed martial arts fix, Dream offer up their 13th event at 7am this morning. Josh Barnett, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and widely regarded as one of the top 10 heavyweights in the world returns to action after 13 months away from the ring. After having his shot at the world’s top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko taken away from him last year due to a testing positive for steroids, ‘The baby-faced Assassin’ continues to appeal his case against the failed drug test. Having kept busy in amateur grappling contests, he now faces Salia ‘Mighty Mo’ Siliga. ‘Mighty Mo’ comes into this fight with a record of 3-1, not having competed since his loss to Semmy Schilt via triangle choke back at K-1 Dynamite 2008. It’s always a pleasure to watch Barnett fight, he’s one of the most gifted and best rounded fighters on the planet, with a sick ‘catch as catch can’ ground game, and an ever improving stand up game, even knocking out Pedro Rizzo back at Affliction Banned in 2008. ‘Mighty Mo’ wont possess much danger to Barnett, and expect Barnett to get a submission in the first round. Also on the card, which will be the ‘fight of the night’, Dream featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes defends his 145 pound title against Joachim Hansen. Hansen drops down to 145 for the first time in his career. After losing a close decision to Eddie Alveraz in the quarter finals of the Dream Lightweight Tourney, Hansen came back as a late replacement for the injured Alverez and stopped Kultar Gill and then the worlds no 2 Lightweight Shinya Aoki to win the 2008 Tournament. His last fight, a rematch with Aoki, which he lost his title to a devastating armbar in the second round last June. Fernandes meanwhile shot to fame during last years Dream Featherweight Tournament, beating Takafumi Otsuka, Masakazu Imanari, new prospect and tourney favourite Joe Warren and then Hiroyuki Takaya in the finals. Bibiano Fernandes’ only losses coming to notables Urijah faber and one of my all time favourites Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamto. Expect to see Hansen push the pace, while Fernandes tries to get the fight to the ground. Hansen has the edge in experience, size, power, and overall game, but will the huge weight cut leave him with enough energy, should the fight go into the later rounds. I can’t wait for this fight, and expect Hansen to become the first fighter in Dream to win a Title in two separate weight divisions. KJ Noons, Former Elite XC 160 lb Champion, who made his name beating Nick Diaz back in 2007, returns to action tonight. In his match against Diaz, his biggest ever win,  Noons cleverly stayed out of Diaz’ reach, and used jabs to the body then looping right hands to open up Diaz’s guard, then knocked down Diaz with a counter straight right hand. Diaz couldn’t answer the bell to the second round due to cuts received and resulted in a doctor stoppage. Noons then went on to knock out UFC veteran Yves Edward in the first round at Elite XC ‘Return of the King’ , before refusing a rematch with Diaz and embarking on a boxing career. His opponent this evening comes in the form Andre ‘Dida’ Amado. the Brazilian is riding a 3 fight losing streak against Katsunori Kikuno, Eddie Alvarez, and Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante, and his only notable win against Japanese legend, Caol Uno. It’s hard to pick a winner, and it will be interesting to see how much ring rust Noons’ two year lay off has left him.

Full Line up:

Dream Featherweight Title:

Bibiano Fernandes vs Joachim Hansen

Josh Barnett vs Salia ‘Mighty Mo’ Siliga

Karl James Noons vs Andre ‘Dida’ Amado

Katsunori Kikuno vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka

Ryo Chonnen vs Andrews Nakahara

Yoshiro Maeda vs Cole Escuvado

Ikuhisa Minowa vs Jimmy Armbiz

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