After realizing that they couldn’t do it on their own, Japanese MMA organizations Dream and World Victory Road joined forces to put on a New Year’s Eve extravaganza that fans have come to expect out of the Orient. Now that “Strikeforce: Evolution” is officially in the books, let’s take a look ahead at this star-studded card.
The HDNet-televised broadcast the event live in North America beginning at 3AM ET/Midnight PT on December 31st and will feature a hybrid of MMA and K-1 bouts.
The fights will be jumping off inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
MMA bouts include Japanese gold-medalist judoka Satoshi Ishii taking on fellow Olympic gold-medalist Hidehiko Yoshida, as well as the finals of DREAM “Super Hulk” tourney between Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Here is the complete lineup for the highly anticipated show:
K-1 Koshien Tournament Semifinals:
Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe (Reserve Bout)
Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada
Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri
“Super Hulk” Tournament Finals:
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA)
Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo (K-1)
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Alistair Overeem (MMA)
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (MMA)
Marlon Sandro vs. Hideo Tokoro (MMA)
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (MMA)
Akihiro Gono vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (MMA)
Masanori Kanehara vs. Norofumi “Kid” Yamamoto (MMA)
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (MMA)
Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)