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Weight Class Standards, Weight Cutting a Step in the Right Direction for Japanese MMA

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Japanese mixed martial arts has been behind the pack for quite some time when it comes to weight cutting. But in recent times, some fighters in Japan have taken steps to use weight cutting to their...

At Sunday's Dream 15 winners' press conference, event producer Keiichi Sasahara reported that...

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At Sunday's Dream 15 winners' press conference, event producer Keiichi Sasahara reported that Tatsuya Kawajiri was not seriously injured in his submission loss to Shinya Aoki. Photo: Taro Irei for Sherdog

Lack of New Talent in Japan Still Apparent Despite DREAM 15's Success

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Despite DREAM 15's successful event on Saturday, Japanese mixed martial arts talent pool still seems rather shallow as evident in a co-main event headlined by Katsunori Kikuno, an up-and-coming...

"I feel good [about the fight]... I really wanted to fight really aggressive. I wanted to fight...

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"I feel good [about the fight]... I really wanted to fight really aggressive. I wanted to fight like Mike Tyson a little bit, but I never got the chance. But a win is a win." - Gegard Mousasi post-Dream 15 More post-fight interviews on Dream's YouTube channel.

Dream 15 Live Results and Play-by-Play

Bloody Elbow brings you complete live coverage of Dream 15 in Saitama, Japan, including the anticipated lightweight clash between Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Dream 15 Weigh-in Results

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All fighters but one made weight for Saturday's "Dream 15" cardin Tokyo, which features a lightweight title bout between champion Shinya Aoki and challenger Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri.

DREAM 15 Preview: Shinya Aoki, Tatsuya Kawajiri Collide in Clash of Top Japanese Lightweights

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A full, in-depth preview of DREAM.15, airing LIVE on HDNet at 3:00 AM EST on Saturday, July 10th, featuring a DREAM lightweight title showdown between Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri. Melvin...

Shinya Aoki, Keiichi Sasahara and Tatsuya Kawajiri at today's official signing ceremony for Aoki...

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Shinya Aoki, Keiichi Sasahara and Tatsuya Kawajiri at today's official signing ceremony for Aoki and Kawajiri's lightweight title bout at Dream 15 on Saturday. More photos at Dream Official. DREAM.15 coverage

Katsunori Kikuno (13-2-2) and Koichiro Matsumoto (10-2) held an open workout today at Tsuyoshi...

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Katsunori Kikuno (13-2-2) and Koichiro Matsumoto (10-2) held an open workout today at Tsuyoshi Kohsaka's Alliance-Square gym, where the two have been training together for their upcoming bouts. Last April, Kikuno KO'd Matsumoto to capture the Deep lightweight title; now, Kikuno (who regularly trains at A-Square) is helping Matsumoto (an Imada Dojo product) prepare for his shot at Deep featherweight champion Takafumi Otsuka (10-5-1) on July 3rd. Kikuno, meanwhile, faces "JZ" Cavalcante (14-3-1, 1 NC) at Dream 15 on July 10th. More photos at GBRing.
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