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dudeabides 10-12-2010 03:08 AM

DREAM Dynamite!! 2010
 
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DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010"
Date: Dec 31, 2010 4 AM EST
Location: Saitama, Japan
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Broadcast: HDNet (North America)




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* Satoshi Ishii vs. Jerome Le Banner
* Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
* Alistair Overeem vs. Todd Duffee*
* Bob Sapp vs. Shinichi Suzukawa^
* Champ Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (for featherweight title)
* Champ Marius Zaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (for welterweight title)
* Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro Nagashim+
* Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson
* Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Caol Uno
* Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Tetsuya Yamato@
* Kyotaro Fujimoto vs. Gegard Mousasi@
* Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazuhisa Watanabe
* Jason High vs. Hayato Sakurai
* Hiroshi Izumi vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa
* Katsuaki Furuki vs. Andy Ologun

* - Not officially announced
^ - IGF special rules
+ - MMA/K-1 mixed-rules bout
@ - K-1 rules bout

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It's October, the fall holiday season has started to roll, and for fans of Japanese MMA that can mean only one thing - Dynamite!! The annual December 31 MMA spectacular will once again be presented by K-1 and DREAM parent company FEG this year. There have been no official announcements regarding Dynamite 2010 just yet (and given how long it took to get K-1 Grand Prix announcements, I wouldn't bank on news coming any time soon), though FEG head Tanigawa did discuss Dynamite earlier this summer, stating that the event will be scaled back a bit from the past few years. Instead of the enormous 20 fight supershow, this year's event will have a more manageable number of fights, hopefully fitting in to a 3 hour timeslot. One change stemming from this - the Koshien finals will not be part of Dynamite, but will instead take place on a separate show.

Some may say this is another bad sign for FEG, but on a personal level, I have no problem with this. I love Dynamite, but the past few years have been something of a slog to sit through with shows topping 5 hours in length. Reducing the number of fights will help streamline the show greatly, and perhaps lead to less throw aways like Mousasi v. Goodridge.

Though we don't yet know anything official, we are starting to hear rumblings regarding some potential match-ups. Obviously, these are very shaky rumors at this point, and could change many times between now and the 31st, but as of today, here are some of the fights being discussed, courtesy of Nightmare of Battle:

Kazushi Sakuraba v. Satoshi Ishii - What originally started as an Ishii v. Aerts rumor has morphed into this. When Aerts qualified for the K-1 GP, he was eliminated as a potential Ishii opponent. In the K-1 Final 16 aftermath, Tanigawa mentioned a possible Ishii v. Le Banner fight since Le Banner's temper tantrum kept him out of the GP finals. But when asked about that fight, Ishii stated "I want to face Sakuraba on NYE. My senior Akiyama also fought him, he’s a legend". One of the keys to success for Dynamite is to deliver a big name main event that will draw in the casual Japanese fan, and Sakuraba v. Ishii delivers in that regard. Although both men have seen their drawing ability drop a bit in the last year, this still will grab some eyes, and would provide a solid foundation for the show.

Asashoryu v. TBA - BloodyElbow has great coverage of the potential inclusion of the disgraced Sumo legend Asashoryu. An all time Sumo legend, Asashoryu was forced into retirement when he beat up a man outside a night club. Tanigawa has publicly stated that he wants Asashoryu in at Dynamite, and that they are actively pursuing the fighter. But his price tag will be steep, and there will definitely be hurdles to getting him inside the ring. Ishii has also been discussed as a potential opponent here, which would be a huge drawing fight - considerably more so than Ishii v. Saku.

Tatsuya Kawajiri v. Satoru Kitaoka - Rumors have Kitaoka competing at Dynamite this year, and Kawajiri has been discussed as a possible opponent. Kitaoka is the first ever Lightweight champion for Sengoku. He lost that title to Mizuto Hirota last year (which led to the Aoki v. Hirota arm-breaking fight at Dynamite 2009), and has not fought for Sengoku since November 2009. He's 2-0 since then, with both wins coming in Pancrase. Kawajiri is a very popular fighter who almost certainly will be included on the card in some capacity, and Kitaoka would present an interesting new opponent.

Shinya Aoki v. Gilbert Melendez
- Back in September, both Cesar Gracie and Scott Coker stated that FEG was interested in having Melendez appear at Dynamite. Coker commented further in the aftermath of this weekend's Strikeforce show: "[Aoki v. Melendez] is not confirmed, but it is something that (Dream has) said that they would like to have happen if possible, so we're having that dialogue." This would of course be a rematch from their Strikeforce bout in April where Melendez dominated the Dream champion. Like Kawajiri, Aoki is a major player in Dream, and is almost a lock to appear at Dynamite. A rematch with Melendez would certainly be an intriguing fight, both to see how Aoki would adjust his gameplan and to see how the ring would change the fight.

Other names being tossed around as taking part include Andrews Nakahara, Murilo Ninja Rua, Hiroyuki Takaya, and Michihiro Omigawa.

In a final bit of New Year's Eve news, SRC remains up in the air regarding their NYE plans. They have discussed a possible Sengoku show on the 31st to go against Dynamite, an all day festival featuring different combat sports on the 31st, or a Sengoku show on January 2nd.
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Toxic 10-12-2010 12:18 PM

Anyone really need to see Aoki/Melendez 2. People it was completely one sided. No rematch necessary.

The Amarok 10-12-2010 01:41 PM

Saku just needs to stop. Its going to start becoming a health issue and facing a judoka giant in Ishii isnt doing him any favor.
Aoki vs Meledez 2? Aint nothing wrong with avenging a loss. GSP did it with Hughes and Serra and they both gave GSP a one-sided beating.

Toxic 10-12-2010 01:47 PM

If you think that Aoki is gonna avenge a loss instead of just getting another then your one of the very few.

BobbyCooper 10-12-2010 01:56 PM

I also wanna see Nakamura vs. Jacare maybe :thumb02:, Mousasi, Caol Uno, Kikuno (absolutely), Overeem..

just a few ;D

osmium 10-12-2010 10:04 PM

Isn't gilbert out until 2011?

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The Amarok 10-15-2010 09:06 PM

I would personally love to see Miller/Diaz, Warren/KID 2, Fernadez/Sandro

kantowrestler 10-16-2010 07:18 PM

Those are three fights that would be nice on the Dynamite card. However, the fight I'm most interested is Asashoryu's debut. His two brothers have already ventured into MMA and we may see a grudge match between him and Bob Sapp for having defeated his brother in a past match!:thumb02:

dudeabides 10-22-2010 04:06 AM

They are adding to the card if they are to be believed:

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Rumors keep coming in regarding Dynamite!! 2010. The latest is kind of out of left field.

We've heard talks of Satoshi Ishii taking part, with both Jerome Le Banner and Kazushi Sakuraba mentioned as possible opponents. Now there's a new potential Ishii match-up making the rounds - against current Dream champion and former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi. This rumor comes straight from Mousasi himself who told Middle Easy his next fight would be "maybe Strikeforce or New Year's Eve in Japan... In Japan they said Ishii, the Olympic Gold medalist." I find this to be a very odd fight as Mousasi is the exact kind of opponent you don't want going against Ishii. Mousasi is not a huge draw, but he's extremely talented and would be a heavy favorite against the less experienced Ishii. Why pair one of your big money draws against a lower draw who will probably win? An Ishii showdown with Le Banner, Sakuraba, or even Asashoryu makes much more sense to me.

Also being discussed - Michihiro Omigawa v. Dream champion Shinya Aoki. Omigawa is angling for this fight, but has also been very public in his frustration with how Dream has handled him lately. He's openly looking to make his WEC debut soon - a move that would put an end to any FEG fights for now. Aoki is still looking at a possible rematch with Gilbert Melendez as a Dynamite option as well.

Mizuto Hirota said that he will not be making his return at Dynamite, but will come back in 2011. Hirota has not fought since Aoki shattered his arm at Dynamite last year.

Finally, Alistair Overeem has stated in recent interviews that he would like to fight at Dynamite, provided he is in good shape after the K-1 Grand Prix in December. I'm sure if he can, FEG would be happy to have The Reem compete, particularly since he is discussing taking a break from Japan in 2011 to focus on defending his Strikeforce title.

A rundown of all the fights currently being discussed for the December 31 Dynamite show:

Satoshi Ishii v. Gegard Mousasi, Kazushi Sakuraba, or Jerome Le Banner
Shinya Aoki v. Gilbert Melendez or Michihiro Omigawa
Tetsuya Kawajiri v. Satoru Kitaoka
Asashoryu v. TBA
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