Japanese mixed martial arts (JMMA) has recently felt the scorn of critics and been the butt of a multitude of jokes. With the fall of Sengoku and the believed fall (followed by the surprising re-emergence) of the DREAM organization, it hasn't been a good run, as of late.
Whether it's a failure to pay the fighters in a timely fashion (or at all) or an inability to hold onto its larger names, JMMA has been taking a beating.
But they're not ready to tap just yet.
On Sat., Sept. 24, DREAM 17 will take place in the world renowned Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The card will feature some blasts from the past, as well as some current top fighters who have not yet made their way stateside.
The card will feature the opening round in Dream's World Bantamweight Grand Prix. It will also be the first event to showcase DREAM's new rule change, involving a move to the more American-friendly matches with three, five-minute rounds.
Here's why you should watch:
The card features ten fights, all of which feature a potential exciting element. Takeshi Inoue takes on former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Shooto veteran Caol Uno in a featherweight bout. The fight will be Uno's third at this respective weight class.
The whole event looks to be well worth watching.
Are you Maniacs down?