No Brett Rogers, no problem. Because the former Strikeforce heavyweight was denied a visa into Japan to battle Tim Sylvia (Pictured) in Dream’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza, Sylvia will now fake fight Jerome Le Banner on the last day of 2011.
This marks the fourth professional wrestling match on the December 31st card. Dream’s show will also feature kickboxing contests, as well as mixed martial arts action.
Fellow former UFC champion Josh Barnett will also compete in a pro wresting bout.
A heavyweight MMA scrap between Fedor Emelianenko and Satoshi Ishii headlines the show inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
HDNet will broadcast Dream’s event live in North America beginning at 1AM ET/10PM PT.
Here is the card’s updated roster:
Noiri Masaaki vs. Sonoda Kengo
Kubo Yuta vs. Nils Widlund
Jerome Le Banner vs. Tim Sylvia
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