A title fight and rematch between DREAM featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes (8-2 MMA, 5-0 DREAM) and Hiroyuki Takaya (14-8-1 MMA, 5-2 DREAM) is now official for the year-end "DREAM!! 2010" event.
It's the first officially announced bout for the Dec. 31 fight card.
DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010" takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and is expected to air on HDNet in the U.S.
The show continues Japan's and DREAM's tradition of blockbuster year-end shows. Many other notables are expected to be part of the card.
Fernandes brings a seven-fight win streak to the bout. In 2009, he won the organization's season-long featherweight grand prix and topped Takaya via split decision in the finale.
Earlier this year at DREAM.13, he made his first successful title defense and narrowly edged former champ Joachim Hansen. However, he's been on the sidelines since then due to alleged issues with DREAM officials paying him.
The 30-year-old Brazilian-jiu-jitsu black belt now again meets Takaya. Following the title loss to Fernandes, the Japanese WEC vet suffered a TKO loss to Michihiro Omigawa. However, he's since rebounded and earned a second shot at the belt with back-to-back first round knockouts of Hansen and Chase Beebe.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) reported on Thursday, "Dynamite!! 2010" also could feature an MMA-rules bout between Gegard Mousasi (30-3-1 MMA, 8-0 DREAM) and K-1 kickboxer Jerome Le Banner (3-1-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM).