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Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto: "I'm a challenger in this tournament"

Dream held a press conference at Krazy Bee Tokyo on February 19. The featherweight tournament fight cards and 3 additional fighters were announced: Norifumi 'Kid" Yamamoto, Yoshiaki Maeda and AbelCullum. Kid Yamamoto is seeded into the second round.

Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto:
I have recovered 70~80% so far and am still undergoing rehabilitation now. I will be fully recovered in May. I found what I was missing, such as weight training and balance, during the rehabilitation and currently working on my weakness. I am a challenger in this tournament because I feel like other participants are stronger and in better shape. I'm training hard to catch up with their level now. I saw the UFC in Las Vegas last month and excited to see their enthusiastic fans. I want to fight there once after proving myself in Japan.

Yoshiaki Maeda:
I haven't fought in Japan for a while. Pancrase and Sengoku have a business partnership, yet I chose Dream because I this participants in Dream were amazing.

DREAM.7 ~ Featherweight GP 2009 1st Round ~
Date: March 8, 2009 16:00~
Place: Saitama Super Arena, Saitama

* Masakazu Imanari vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
* Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Jong Won Kim
* Yoshiro Maeda vs. Micah Miller
* Chase Beebe vs. Joe Warren
* Takafumi Otsuka vs. Fernandes Bibiano
* Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Abel Cullum
* Hideo Tokoro vs. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata

DREAM.8 ~ Welterweight GP 2009 1st Round ~
Date: April 5, 2009 16:00~
Place: Gaishi Hall, Aichi

Featherweight GP 1st Round
* Hideo Tokoro vs DJ.Taiki

Welterweight GP:
* Hayato "Mach" Sakurai
* Shinya Aoki
* A winner of Seichi Ikemoto vs Hideki Kadoma at "DEEP 40 Impact" on February 20

One match:
* Minowaman

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