With the support of GLORY, DREAM was able to be revived for at least one show. The two promotions held a combined New Year’s Eve show, despite rumors that DREAM was closed. Going forward GLORY will continue to operate, but the DREAM aspect is not known.
“We are, naturally, in discussions to look at more for DREAM in Japan, but that has to be something that’s decided after the show,” Glory CEO Marcus Luer to MMA Junkie.
The combined supershow aired from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan on December 31. A one night 16 person kickboxing tournament was held on the GLORY side and DREAM hosted a card of MMA fights. The kickboxing part was shown live on the CBS Sports Network and the MMA action airs today, January 1, at 10 p.m. ET.
Luer said that the TV deal was a onetime offer, but both sides are discussing the possibility of expansion. It was also noted by Luer that GLORY was looking to hold two or three kickboxing events in the U.S. this year.
“I wouldn’t call it a one-off, but it was an interesting opportunity to take this unique slot on December 31, which has a lot of tradition in this country, and around the world,” said Luer.