The majority of the field for the DREAM featherweight tournament quarterfinals was set on Sunday at DREAM 7 as six 145-pound fighters advanced into the second round of the grand prix. Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto was granted a first-round bye, while the eighth and final tournament slot will be filled by the winner of a DREAM 8 fight between Hideo Tokoro and Daika Hata.
Masakazu Iminari, Hiroyuki Takaya, Yoshiro Maeda, Abel Cullum, Joe Warren, and Bibiano Fernandes advanced on Sunday while notables Chase Beebe and Micah Miller failed to make it into the second-round. Tatsuya Kawajiri, Shinya Aoki, and Mitsuhiro Ishida picked up non-tournament victories.
FEATHERWEIGHT TOURNAMENT (Opening Round)
- Masakazu Iminari def. Atsushi Yamamoto via split decision
- Hiroyuki Takaya def. Jong Won Kim via TKO (strikes) — Round 2, 0:40
- Yoshiro Maeda def. Micah Miller via unanimous decision
- Abel Cullum def. Akiyo Nishiura via unanimous decision
- Joe Warren def. Chase Beebe via TKO (cut) — Round 1, 10:00
- Bibiano Fernandes def. Takafumi Otsuka via unanimous decision
- Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Ross Ebanez via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 4:03
- Shinya Aoki def. David Gardner via submission (rear naked choke) — Round 1, 5:58
- Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daisuke Nakamura via unanimous decision