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Thursday, October 22, 2009

HDNet's Broadcast Of Dream 12 To Make History In Japanese Mixed Martial Arts

-- Source: HDNet --

Network to deliver LIVE coverage of the debut of the 'White Cage' from Japan - Sunday, October 25

DALLAS, Oct. 22 -- History will be made when the "White Cage" makes its debut on Sunday, October 25 as "HDNet Fights Presents: OLYMPIA DREAM 12" LIVE from Osaka-jo Hall in Osaka, Japan. For the first time, a major Japanese MMA event will take place in the cage as DREAM forsakes its traditional ring for a one-night-only extravaganza! The action airs exclusively throughout North America on HDNet beginning at 2:00 a.m. ET.

The event features a trio of champions as Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Allistair Overeem (29-11) faces James Thompson (14-10), consensus top-five lightweight and Bellator Fighting Championship Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez (18-2) squares off with Katsunori Kikuno (12-1-1), and DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis (12-3) meets Myeon Ho Bae (8-4). In other action, MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba (25-12-1) tangles with Zelg Galesic (9-4), former WEC Bantamweight Champion Chase Beebe (12-5) takes on Yoshiro Maeda (25-7-2), and former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho (18-1) faces Yoon Dong-Sik (4-7).

HDNet Fights CEO Andrew Simon said, "The MMA world is watching to see what the 'White Cage' really is! There has been wild marketing around the cage in Japan which adds intrigue to a stacked card featuring 3 champions from 3 different organizations."

HDNet's live presentation of "HDNet Fights Presents: OLYMPIA DREAM 12" begins early morning Sunday, October 25, 2:00 a.m. ET/Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 p.m. PT. An encore presentation is scheduled for Friday, October 30 at 10:30 pm ET.

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