Dream 12 was a mixed martial arts event promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group's mixed martial arts promotion Dream that took place on October 25, 2009 in Osaka, Japan. The event marked the first time Dream used a hexagon cage. Fights consisted of three five-minute rounds, as used in the North American system, though elbows remained illegal.
|Dream 12: Cage of Dreams|
The poster for Dream 12: Cage of Dreams.
|Date||October 25th, 2009|
|Featherweight||Tomoya Miyashita||def||Keisuke Fujiwara||unanimous decision||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Kuniyoshi Hironaka||def||Won Sik Park||TKO (corner stoppage)||1||5:00|
|Featherweight||Yoshiro Maeda||def||Chase Beebe||submission (rear naked choke)||1||3:26|
|Middleweight||Dong Sik Yoon||def||Tarec Saffiedine||split decision||3||5:00|
|Middleweight||Kazushi Sakuraba||def||Zelg Galesic||submission (kneebar)||1||1:40|
|Welterweight||Marius Zaromskis||def||Myeon Ho Bae||KO (head kick)||1||0:19|
|Lightweight||Eddie Alvarez||def||Katsunori Kikuno||submission (arm triangle choke)||2||3:42|
|Heavyweight||Alistair Overeem||def||James Thompson||submission (guillotine choke)||1||0:33|
|Middleweight||Katsuyori Shibata||def||Tokimitsu Ishizawa||TKO (punches)||1||4:52|
- On August 12, 2009, it was announced the event would take place October 25 at the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. Dream's EP Sasahara hinted at a "big surprise" which he said had a 70% chance of actually happening. This "big surprise" turn out to be the introduction of a cage as Dream's fighting platform.
- Prior to Dream 12, Dream utilized their official YouTube channel to provide hype for the event. On August 21, 2009, a brief promotional video teasing viewers with the first appearance of a cage was uploaded. A month later, on September 23, 2009, another Dream 12 promotional video was uploaded, this time depicting potential participants intertwined with footage showing the construction of Dream's white cage. The show, Event Producer Seiichi Sasahara said Sakuraba could potentially fight again later in the month, though no official decision has yet to be made. A week out from the event, Sakuraba was confirmed for Dream 12.
- The Ultimate Fighter 9 competitor Richie Whitson was set to face Daisuke Nakamura however scheduling issues forced Whitson out of the bout.
- A bout between Melvin Manhoef and Zelg Galesic was scrapped after Manhoef had to pull out due to injury. Manhoef was replaced by Kazushi Sakuraba.
- A bout between Paulo Filho and Dong Sik Yoon was scrapped after Filho failed to show up. Tarec Saffiedine replaced Filho.
- "DREAM | ニュース | 10・25『OLYMPIA DREAM.12』大阪城ホール大会概要発表!!大阪で何かが起きる!? 笹原EP「ビビッてたじろぐ"仕掛け"」を予告!!" (in Japanese). Dreamofficial.com. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- "ニュース | 笹原EP予告、10.25『DREAM.12』にとんでもない仕掛けが!?" (in Japanese). kamipro.com. Archived from the original on 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2009-08-15.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)