The UFC may not want anything to do with Fedor Emelianenko, but Dream couldn’t be happier to work with “The Last Emperor.” In anticipation of their New Year’s Eve extravaganza, the Japanese MMA organization has released a video promo featuring the sport’s most decorated heavyweight.
Although Emelianenko has had difficulties collecting wins in America under Strikeforce’s banner, he initially made his claim to MMA fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s.
Emelianenko faces Satoshi Ishii December 31st inside the The Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
HDNet will broadcast the show live in North America beginning at 1AM ET/10PM PT.
Please click the media player below to watch the hype video:
Here is the card’s current roster:
Noiri Masaaki vs. Sonoda Kengo
Kubo Yuta vs. Nils Widlund
Josh Barnett vs. Suzuki Hideki
Sawada Atsushi & Susukawa Shinitchi vs. Sakuraba Kasushi & Shiabata Katsuyori
Fujita Kazuyuki vs. Peter Aerts
Dream Bantamweight Tournament:
Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev (Reserve Bout)
Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari
Bibiano Fernades vs. Rodolfo Marquez Diniz
Individual MMA Bouts:
Megumi Fujii vs. Karla Benitez
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Takeshi Inoue vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (Dream Featherweight Champion)
Kikuno Katsunori vs. Nagashima Jienotsu Yuichiro
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Shinya Aoki (Dream Lightweight Champion)
Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan
Satoshi Ishii vs. Fedor Emelianenko