TAPE 977

Quality: EX (*MASTER*)

Length: 3.5 hrs (2 DVD)

DREAM 1 - 3/15/08 (The purchase of Pride by UFC, and its subsequent burial, left a void in Japan in the MMA world. K-1 tried to fill it with Heroes and others have as well. Out of those ashes has risen Dream. Dream is essentially the rebirth of Pride - just about everything is the same as Pride shows except there's now a rule against kicking downed opponents. Here we have the first show, taken from the HDNet broadcast. I've got a master so VQ is EX.)
Lee Kwan Bum vs Ikuhisa Minowa (Bum is completely overmatched and gets kneebarred in 85 sec) Hayato Sakurai vs Hidetaka Minma Joachim Hansen vs Koutetsu Boku Kazayuki Miyata vs Luis Firmino Katsuhiko Nagata vs Artur Umakhanov Mitsuhiro Ishida vs Bu Kyung Jung Mirko Filipovic vs Tatsuya Mizuno (Cro Cop returns to Japan after flopping in UFC. He says something about being happy to be in Japan and Frank Trigg rips him on commentary saying that it's great that he's happy but that he flopped when he fought decent fighters in UFC) Andre Amade vs Eddie Alvarez Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Kultar Gill Shinya Aoki vs Gegias Calvancante (Controversial fight that is stopped when Aoki is unable to continue after being elbowed. Officials deem the elbow illegal, saying it struck Aoki in the back of the head. The commentators disagree, saying it hit the shoulder. I dunno, to me from one angle it looked like back of the head. Either way, tough way to end the main event of a debut show.)