After weeks of speculation, Dream has officially announced Alistair Overeem will face Todd Duffee in their highly anticipated “Dynamite!! 2010” event on December 31st.
The popular Japanese promotion confirmed the showdown during a press conference Wednesday morning. Esther Lin of All Elbows relayed the matchup via Twitter.
Duffee donned a T-shirt that read ‘Doubt Me’ at the presser.
Overeem owns a 33-11 pro MMA record and has been perfect through his last eight scraps, less one (NC) to Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. The Strikeforce heavyweight king successfully defended his title against Brett Rogers in his only mixed martial arts contest of 2010.
The controversial heavyweight is just three weeks removed from a scintillating performance in the K-1 World Grand Prix, where he claimed the promotion’s tournament championship.
Duffee had some believing he was the next coming after posting a seven second knockout of Tim Hague at UFC 102 in August 2009. However, the up-and-comer was surprisingly released following his UFC 114 loss to Mike Russow.
Despite his 6-1 resume, Octagon president Dana White cut ties with the 25-year-old because of his poor “attitude.”
“Dream Dynamite!! 2010″ takes place New Year’s Eve inside the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. HDNet will broadcast the end of the year bash live in North America at 4AM ET/1AM PT.
Here are the fighters expected to participate in the show:
IGF Special Rules:
Bob Sapp vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
K-1 Kickboxing Bouts:
Gegard Mousasi vs. Kyotaro
Tetsuya Yamato vs. Wicky Nishiura
Hybrid K-1/MMA Bouts:
Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima
Andy Ologun vs. Katsuaki Furuki
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazushisa Watanabe
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Minowaman
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson
Mach Sakurai vs. Jason High
Caol Uno vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Jereome Le Banner vs. Satoshi Ishii
Alistair Overeem vs. Todd Duffee
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Bibiano Fernandes (Dream Featherweight Champion)
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Marius Zaromskis