DREAM Mixed Martial Arts promotion officially done, Real Entertainment shuts down operations

Japan-based DREAM has officially shut down its mixed martial arts (MMA) operations.

There will now be fewer mixed martial arts (MMA) events held in "The Land of the Rising Sun."

Any hopes of a possible resurrection of the Japan-based DREAM promotion were dashed today as Real Entertainment -- parent company of the MMA organization -- has officially closed up shop for good, according to Asian MMA.

The news doesn't come as a shock to most, who long believed there would be no more events promoted by DREAM because of the fact that Fighting and Entertainment Group (FEG), another parent company of the promotion, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.

The canceling a couple of events within this year alone further added fuel to the speculations of the promotion's eventual demise.

Never quite living up to the expectations of its predecessor before it, Pride FC, DREAM put on 23 events during its four-year run, beginning with DREAM 1: "Lightweight Grand Prix" in 2008.

The inaugural event featured of bevy of high-profiled fighters such as Shinya Aoki, Joachim Hansen, Eddie Alvarez, Gesias Cavalcante and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contender, Mirko Filipovic, who left the ranks of the ZUFFA to join the upstart promotion before eventually returning to the UFC one year later.

Throughout the years, many more MMA stars made the trip across the Pacific Ocean to compete under the DREAM banner, including: Gegard Mousasi, Kazushi Sakuraba,Tatsuya Kawajiri, Bibiano Fernandes and Alistair Overeem, who was the organization's heavyweight champion, just to name a few.

The ride was fun while it lasted, but for now, DREAM is officially done, putting yet another, and perhaps final, nail in the coffin of Japanese MMA.

Unless, of course, UFC can somehow fill the void.

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