While most UFC cards have been receiving bad news as the events inch closer to game time, Dream and World Victory Road’s co-promoted “DYNAMITE!! 2009: Dream vs. WVR” fight card continues to add sick scraps as the explosive Melvin Manhoef will now be taking on Kazuo Misaki on their New Year’s Eve show.
HDNet will broadcast the hybrid kickboxing and MMA card live in North America at 3AM ET/Midnight PT on December 31st.
Here is his how the re-vamped blockbuster lineup shapes-out:
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)
Melvin Manhoef vs. Kazuo Misaki (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)
The HDNet-televised event features both MMA and K-1 bouts and takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. With 17 bouts schedule for the event, Manhoef vs. Misaki is the ninth to feature a “DREAM vs. Sengoku” theme. Manhoef brings few secrets to the cage. With 22 of his 23 career victories earned by knockout or TKO in his 14-year career, Manhoef will likely be throwing bombs from the opening bell. While Manhoef was a 2008 DREAM middleweight grand prix semifinalist, he is currently just 1-2 in his past three bouts. Manhoef owns notable career wins over Ian Freeman, Crosley Gracie, Mark Hunt, Kazushi Sakuraba, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos and Fabio Silva, among others. Manhoef also competes as a professional kickboxer. Meanwhile, Misaki enters the contest having won four of his past five contests. The lone loss during that stretch came to Jorge Santiago in a Sengoku middleweight title fight – a bout that Misaki was winning until being choked unconscious in the fifth and final round. Misaki has fought consistently at a high level since his 2001 debut, and his career record includes contests with Yoshihiro Akiyama, Ricardo Almeida, Phil Baroni, Paulo Filho, Ed Herman, Denis Kang, Dan Henderson, Nate Marquardt, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Joe Riggs, Santiago, Jake Shields and Frank Trigg, among others.