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post #37 of (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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This is the latest crazy addition:

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia will face Jerome Le Banner in Japan.

DREAM officials recently announced the matchup for the year-ending "DREAM: New Year! 2011" event, but there's a catch: Sylvia and Le Banner won't meet in an MMA contest but rather a professional wrestling bout.

Headlined by a heavyweight matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Satoshi Ishii, "DREAM: New Year! 2011" airs live in North America at 1 a.m. ET on Saturday morning, Dec. 31 (10 p.m. PT Friday evening, Dec. 30).

Officially dubbed "DREAM: Fight for Japan: Genkidesuka!! Oomisoka!! 2011!," the card features MMA bouts, kickboxing contests and three additional professional wrestling matches. The festivities take place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Due to the length of the show, the live broadcast will be the only time HDNet airs the fight card in its entirety. Future airings of the event will be broken up into smaller specials.

Sylvia was originally expected to face Brett Rogers at "DREAM: New Year! 2011" in actual MMA bout, but "The Grim" had difficulties obtaining a visa for the contest and was forced to withdraw. Sylvia, who is 6-1 in his past seven real fights, made his professional-wrestling debut in September 2010, facing Josh Barnett in a match for the Inoki Genome Federation, the same promotion overseeing the wrestling bouts on the DREAM card.

Le Banner, a French striking legend who made his mark as a professional kickboxer, also has experience as a professional boxer and mixed-martial-artist. Le Banner fought MMA most recently in a New Year's Eve loss to Satoshi Ishii one year ago.

With the addition 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
Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund (kickboxing match)
Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda (kickboxing match)
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)
Jerome Le Banner vs. Tim Sylvia (pro-wrestling match)

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