With the countless star-studded shows the UFC intends to host this Holiday Season, it’s easy to forget that Japan holds blockbuster end of the year shows as well.
Sengoku Raiden Championship and Fighting and Entertainment Group’s Dream promotions released official announcements this past week detailing their New Year’s Eve plans.
“Sengoku: Soul of Fight” will be jumping off December 30th inside the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, while FEG’s annual “Dynamite” event takes place December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena. Although they signify the Orient’s top two MMA organizations, their staggered show dates have many believing some co-promoted action may be in the works.
FEG president Sadaharu Tanigawa said Friday he was still open to partnering with SRC, but nothing had been formally discussed between the parties.
“I don’t think we’ll be doing [co-promotion], but since our events are one day apart, I’ve been told ‘Well, if we can cooperate, shouldn’t we?’ There have been no concrete negotiations between us, but if we can co-promote, I’d like to,” Tanigawa expressed.
Dynamite is hoping to feature roughly 13 fights, with much of this year’s hybrid card devoted to MMA. SRC president Toru Mukai has indicated “Soul of Fight” could feature up to 30 bouts comprised of kickboxing, grappling, as well as mixed martial arts – some of which will be of the championship variety.
Although Dream lightweight title holder Shinya Aoki is expected to rematch Strikeforce king Gilbert Melendez, Sasahara was unable to confirm their New Year’s Eve date at this time.
“Once it’s officially decided, I’d like to announce it the day after,” he said of his rumored main event.
(Special thanks to Sherdog.com)