by MMAWeekly.com Staff
In a surprise move on Thursday, Dream event producer Keiichi Sasahara announced the addition of an open-weight tournament to the promotion’s Dream 9 event on May 26. The announcement was made at a press conference in Tokyo.
Perhaps even more surprising is one of the tournament participants. Former professional Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco is a part of the tournament. He will face Hong Man Choi in the opening round of the “Super Hulk Tournament – World Superman Championship,” as it is being dubbed by Dream.
Also in the opening round of the open weight brackets are bouts pitting Ikuhisa Minowa against Bob Sapp, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou facing Jan Nortje, and Gegard Mousasi fighting Mark Hunt.
NightmareOfBattle.com reports that, unlike most Dream tournaments, the semi-finals and finals of the Super Hulk Tournament will not take place on the same night. And while the rules for the tournament are not yet set, it is expected that the fights will be shorter than the usual 10-minute first round and 5-minute second round, and that no knee strikes will be allowed to the head of a downed opponent.