Wednesday, November 4, 2009
King of the Ring...No Longer
This is truly exciting for MMA fans. DREAM, the major MMA promotion in Japan, has decided to ditch the tradition fighting ring in favor a hexagonal cage, at least for this one event. As most of us know, most major MMA promotions in America (UFC, Strikeforce) use a cage. By doing this, many questions will be answered about how styles of fighters who have fought in Japan, in rings, their entire careers will translate to a cage. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic couldn't get used to a cage, and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua even admitted that it took him a few fights to get used to the cage. I had no doubt in my mind the big names would come out victorious (Overeem, Alvarez, Zaromskis, and Sakuraba), but I still thought it would be interesting to see how their styles translated to a cage, and clearly it did not effect them that much. Perhaps this was a way to get their fighters accustomed to cage fighting, since Strikeforce and DREAM now have somewhat of a partnership. I also think it would be a fun idea for DREAM to continue using the cage at other events as well.