In a recent interview with Andrews Nakahara, he stated that he is scheduled to take on Zelg Galesic at DREAM.11. Also rumored for this card is Mirko Cro Cop, since he is scheduled to miss his participation in DREAM.10 due to illness, and Ninja Rua, who is coming off a loss to Riki Fukada at DREAM.8.
This was also the event were Alvarez versus JZ were supposed to square off, but that rumor was later dismissed by Monte Cox, Eddie's manager, due to Bellator Champion commitments. MMAConvert has some interesting points to make about Eddie Alvarez and his newly exclusive agreement with Bellator.
What’s unclear at this point though is if and whom the champions will be fighting during season two. Would they defend their belts against fighters who lost in season one? For example, could there be a Eddie Alvarez vs Jorge Masvidal lightweight title fight? Would they fight in non-title bouts? Or just sit out the season entirely? If it’s the latter, Rebney says Bellator is open to allowing their champions to take fights outside the organization, however, just yesterday, it was reported that Eddie Alvarez was offered a fight against JZ Cavalcante at DREAM.11 in September, but was forced to turn it down because Bellator wouldn’t let him take it. Season two isn’t supposed to start until this fall, so if Eddie isn’t obligated to fight for Bellator until months after season two concludes, timing really shouldn’t be an issue. Who knows, maybe Bellator will only let their champs take fights they’re confident they won’t lose.
Of course, previously this year Eddie Alvarez made the statements that he was going to fight in Strikeforce by the end of the year since they picked up his contract from Pro Elite. It will be interesting when Monte Cox decides to honor the 1 more fight he has with DREAM and the rest of his contract with Strikeforce, when they claim that Eddie is now exclusive to Bellator after becoming their champ. Even without the Alvarez vs JZ fight, DREAM.11 is shaping up to be another solid event by DREAM.
DREAM 11: SEPTEMBER ON HDNET
venue: TBA in Tokyo, Japan
Dream Featherweight Grand Prix Semi-Finals and Finals:
-Bibiano Fernandes (5-2)
-Joe Warren (2-0)
-Hiroyuki Takaya (11-6-1)
-Hideo Tokoro (22-16-1)
Dream Super Hulk Tournament Semi-Finals (Open Weight):
-Gegard Mousasi (23-2-1) vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (6-4)
-Ikuhisa Minowa (42-30-8) vs. Hong Man Choi (2-2)
Rumored DREAM MW Title Bout:
-Jacare vs Mayhem Miller
Non Tournament Bouts:
-Andrews Nakahara vs Zelg Galesic
-Mirko Cro Cop
-Murilo "Ninja" Rua