It’s safe to say that the DREAM organization hasn’t had the best of starts to 2010, and their woes continue as news emerges that they have canceled their upcoming light-heavyweight tournament.
The tournament had been set to be a jewel in the promotion’s 2010 schedule with current champion Gegard Mousasi being lined up to compete along with the likes of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Renato ‘Babalu’ Sobral, Yoshiyuki Nakanishi and Christian N’Pumbu.
While no official reason for the cancellation has so far been announced, SI.com’s Josh Gross noted on twitter that it was done to an “issue between Dream and it’s TV partner, TBS.”
This marks the latest in a serious of setbacks for the company in recent months.
As part of a co-operation deal with the Strikeforce organization a number of DREAM fighters have been swapped between the two promotions, and so far it’s the DREAM contingent who have come off second best with the likes of their welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and lightweight champion Shinya Aoki losing on U.S soil.
Meanwhile DREAM 13 in March was a notably less stacked card than usual which officials later put down to the lack of available fighters on that particular date. A month later DREAM 14 was expected to take place in South Korea but that event was canceled entirely. Again a lack of available stars was cited, and again it is believed that this led to issues with their broadcast partners.
Terminating the light-heavyweight tournament only adds to the growing suspicion that all is not well with the Japanese promotion.