Michihiro Omigawa made some interesting comments today in an interview with MMA Fighting. First, he says that he’s fed up with the booking in DREAM; namely, the fact that he isn’t been given a match with featherweight champ Bibiano Fernandes:
“Really, (DREAM) aren’t treating me right. All the people in (DREAM parent company) FEG are probably afraid of me. I’m not one these guys who were with DREAM from the beginning, I am from Sengoku and now I have been building this good record in DREAM and I suddenly mentioned this fight with Aoki and he is someone that they are really fond of. If the event is called DREAM, I’d like them to consider my dreams too. This is a sport and they have to treat someone with a good record in a good way. There is something wrong with the way I’m being treated. It’s kind of difficult for me to stay motivated in DREAM to be honest with you if I can’t fight Fernandes.”
It’s tough to disagree with the man. Outside of Hiroyuki Takaya (whom Omigawa defeated last New Year’s Eve) or Kazuyuki Miyata, it’s hard to think of another featherweight within DREAM’s ranks who’s as deserving of a title shot. Of course, the other issue is that Fernandes hasn’t fought for DREAM since March due to the non-payment debacle.
Omigawa goes on to renege slightly on his comments from earlier this week — when he told Nikkan Sports that he was offered a fight at WEC 53 — but says competing in WEC and fighting Jose Aldo both interest him:
“For me, the WEC is the top promotion in the States so I’m seriously considering fighting there. I’m very determined and willing to fight in the WEC at some point, and I was exchanging emails with them, but we still haven’t met in person. It’s not an official offer yet, but we are in talks. Jose Aldo is a well-rounded fighter, and an interesting opponent for me, but technique-wise I am better and I’d like to prove that.”
With his recent hot streak and the lack of immediate contenders for Aldo beyond Mark Hominick and Josh Grispi, one wonders if WEC wouldn’t give Omigawa an immediate title shot.
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