Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett are going to ... wrestle... at the DREAM show:
The lineup for "DREAM: New Year! 2011" continues to fill, and former UFC legend Josh Barnett (31-5) and MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba (26-16-1) are among the latest additions to the year-end event.
DREAM executives recently announced both notables will take part in pro-wrestling contests, with Barnett facing Hideki Suzuki while Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata take on Shinichi Suzukawa and Atsushi Sawada in a tag-team affair.
DREAM also added a pair of kickboxing contests to the card with Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund and Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda.
The event, officially dubbed "DREAM: Fight for Japan: Genkidesuka!! Oomisoka!! 2011!," is set for Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event airs live in the early morning in North America on HDNet.
The 42-year-old Sakuraba, who was a professional wrestler prior to his mixed-martial-arts career, last competed in an MMA contest at September's DREAM.17 event, where he was submitted by Yan Cabral. It was the fourth-consecutive loss for the Japanese superstar, who was dubbed "The Gracie Hunter" during his glory days for wins over Gracie family members Royce, Renzo, Royler and Ryan.
Meanwhile, Barnett will keep himself busy while waiting on Strikeforce brass to officially announce the date for his Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix final contest with Daniel Cormier. Barnett punched his ticket to the finals with Strikeforce wins over Sergei Kharitonov and Brett Rogers.
With the additions to the card, the "DREAM: New Year! 2011" lineup now includes:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii
Ryo Chonan vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai
Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka (for lightweight title)
Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno (mixed-rules bout)
Champ Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue (for featherweight title)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Rodolfo Marques Diniz vs. Bibiano Fernandes (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal)
Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal)
Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev (bantamweight grand-prix reserve match)
Karla Benitez vs. Megumi Fujii
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts (pro-wrestling match)
Atsushi Sawada and Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata (pro-wrestling match)
Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki (pro-wrestling match)
Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund (kickboxing match)
Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda (kickboxing match)