What is a Japanese MMA event without Kazushi Sakuraba? Well, we won’t have to find out at “K-1 DYNAMITE!! 2008,” as the organization announced that the popular Japanese fighter will be competing at their New Year’s Eve event. The veteran will be taking on Kiyoshi Tamura. The promotion also confirmed that Joachim Hansen will making his first ever Dream lightweight title defense against Gesias “JZ” Calvancante.
Also featured will be the rematch between Alistair Overeem and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at the December 31st event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Sakuraba was last seen being knocked out by Melvin Manhoef in Dream’s Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament at Dream.4 in June.
Clavancante lost to Jiu Jitsu wizard Shina Aoki in his last bout at Dream .2 in April. Aoki went on to lose to Hansen in the Finals of the Lightweight Grand Prix Tourney at Dream.5, making him Dream’s first ever lightweight champ.
Here are the fighters Rumored to be competing at the New Year’s Eve event:
Nick Diaz vs. TBD
Shinya Aoki vs. TBD
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. TBD
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. TBD
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. TBD
Seichi Ikemoto vs. TBD
Masakazu Imanari vs. TBD
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. TBD
Yuichi Nakanishi vs. TBD
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. TBD
Atsushi Yamamoto vs. TBD
Takeshi Yamazaki vs. TBD
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias “JZ” Calvancante
Alistair Overeem vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic