What’s a major Japanese MMA promotion without those flashy, if not tacky, spandex pants? It appears fight fans won’t have to answer that question as Dream and World Victory Road have just announced that Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will be taking on Mizuto Hirota on their “DYNAMITE!! 2009” event.
Aoki has rolled off wins in five of his past six scraps, with his lone loss coming against Hayato “Mach” Sakurai in the 1stRound of Dream’s Welterweight Grand Prix this past April.
The 26-year-old has become somewhat of a staple when it comes to competing in Japan’s New Year’s Eve events as this will mark his fourth straight December 31st show.
A lightweight battle between Tatsuya Kawajiri and Kazunori Yokota was also a last-minute addition to the night’s lineup.
The event will feature a hybrid of MMA and K-1 bouts and will be jumping off inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet will broadcast the event live in North America beginning at 3AM ET/Midnight PT on December 31st.
K-1 Koshien Tournament Semifinals:
Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe (Reserve Bout)
Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada
Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri
“Super Hulk” Tournament Finals:
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA)
Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo (K-1)
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Alistair Overeem (MMA)
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (MMA)
Marlon Sandro vs. Hideo Tokoro (MMA)
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (MMA)
Akihiro Gono vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (MMA)
Masanori Kanehara vs. Norofumi “Kid” Yamamoto (MMA)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota (MMA)
Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota (MMA)
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (MMA)
Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)