DEEP lightweight ace Katsunori Kikuno and Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez square off in the white cage tomorrow in Osaka. Photo via DREAM.
The weigh-ins for DREAM.12 just wrapped up in Osaka and nearly all fighters made weight - the lone exception being Korean lightweight "Parky," a.k.a. Won-Sik Park, who's been given one hour to shed an extra kilogram and make the 70kg (154 lbs) limit.
Event producer Keiichi Sasahara was in attendance and discussed the white cage:
It will not be metal, it’ll be some advanced material for durability that is also used for tuna and yellow tail cultivation... He says that it’s impact absorbability [sic] is excellent.
Apparently the guy in charge of some net manufacturer was a PRIDE fan by chance so they stopped all other work to work on the net of the white cage. The color of the net is beige.
More photos (via DREAM) in the extended entry.
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#9 - Heavyweight
James Thompson (126kg / 277.8 lbs)
vs. Alistair Overeem (115kg / 253.5 lbs)
#8 - Lightweight - 70kg
Katsunori Kikuno (70kg / 154.3 lbs)
vs. Eddie Alvarez (69.8kg / 153.9 lbs)
#7 - Welterweight - 76kg
Myeon Ho Bae (75.8kg / 167.1 lbs)
vs. Marius Zaromskis (76kg / 167.6 lbs)
#6 - Middleweight - 84kg
Zelg Galesic (85kg / 187.4 lbs)
vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (84kg / 185.2 lbs)
#5 - Middleweight - 84kg
Tokimitsu Ishizawa (84kg / 185.2 lbs)
vs. Katsuyori Shibata (83.3kg / 183.6 lbs)
#4 - Middleweight - 84kg
Tarec Saffiedine (83kg / 183 lbs)
vs. Dong-Sik Yoon (84kg / 185.2 lbs)
#3 - Featherweight - 63kg
Chase Beebe (63kg / 138.9 lbs)
vs. Yoshiro Maeda (62.8kg / 138.5 lbs)
#2 - Lightweight - 70kg
Won Sik "Parky" Park (71kg / 156.5 lbs - re-weighing)
vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (70kg / 154.3 lbs)
#1 - Featherweight - 63kg
Tomoya Miyashita (63kg / 138.9 lbs)
vs. Keisuke Fujiwara (62.8 / 138.5 lbs)