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Official List Of Fighters To Take Part In NYE Japan Event – Arona, Sakari, And Melendez Added

M-1 has held a press conference in Tokyo today where it was confirmed that Fedor will fight on New Year’s Eve at Japan’s Saitama Super Arena. The event is said to be supported by M-1, with the help of former Pride staff.

Below is a list of fighters that have been officially confirmed for the event:

-Fedor Emelianenko

-Joachim Hansen

-Ricardo Arona

-Gilbert Melendez

-Luiz Azeredo

-Aoki Shinya

-Kazuo Misaki


-Hayato “Mach” Sakurai

-Mitsuhiro Ishida

Please note that the M-1 Mixfight homepage also mentions that Alexander Emelianenko and Roman Zentsov will take part in the event as well, though these fighters have not been officially confirmed as of yet.

The most notable omission from the list, as it stands, appears to be the absence of Hong Man Choi, though he could certainly be added at a later time.

Interestingly, Ricardo Arona does appear on the list…hmmm. Fedor vs. Arona?