The DREAM is Over! Japanese MMA Promotion Runs Out of Viable Options

Japanese based mixed martial arts promotion, DREAM FC have become the latest to shut their doors and cease operations. Pretty much all of the Real Entertainment staff have moved on to other endeavors, and the company has apparently stopped returning calls to nearly all of its fighters and their representatives, ceasing day-to-day operations.

According to multiple sources, DREAM has shut down for the last time. They were scheduled to promote an event in July, but that was cancelled for the remainder of 2012. Dream had fallen over the past few years with attendance and TV deals. About the only viable product left was the annual New Year’s Eve card in Japan.

Real Entertainment had wanted to continue with that tradition, but needed Saitama Super Arena to make it viable. Saitama, however, wanted Dream to do a two-event deal, the first event being the July show. When Dream couldn’t pull off a July event, Saitama backed out and will instead give the New Year’s Eve slot to someone else.

Without Saitama Super Arena on board, Dream really doesn’t have any viable options left for New Year’s Eve, which really was a last gasp for survival in the first place.

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