While most North Americans were busy sleeping, Dream event producer Keiichi Sasahara made several announcements Wednesday regarding the Japanese MMA promotion’s future. For starters, “Dream.17” will take place September 24th inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
This marks the third time the company has dubbed their upcoming show ‘Dream.17,’ only to change the moniker once showtime got closer. The prior events were subsequently renamed “Dream: Fight for Japan” and “Dream: Japan Grand Prix Final,” respectively.
In any case, the card will showcase a featherweight scrap between Caol Uno and Takeshi Inoue. Although Sasahara did not confirm the company would host the opening round of their World Bantamweight Grand Prix, the tournament is expected to kick off that night.
However, the biggest news revealed during today’s press conference was that Dream would take one step closer to endorsing unified mixed martial arts rules. Moving forward, non-title bouts will comprise of three 5-minute rounds, while championship affairs will run for five 5-minute rounds.
Prior to this rule change, Dream typically employed one 10-minute round followed by one 5-minute round for non-title fights. Championship contests would offer one 10-minute round followed by two 5-minute rounds.