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MMAjunkie has learned that two new fights have officially been added to the FEG FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008 event which takes places December 31st in Saitama, Japan. One of the two fights announced is the highly anticipated and unofficial LW GP final between Japanese grappling phenom Shinya Aoki and the hard hitting American, Eddie Alvarez. These two were originally supposed to meet at the finals of the Dream Lightweight Grand Prix but Alvarez had to bow out after a grueling match against Tatsuya Kawajiri. Alvarez was replaced by the man he beat to get to the semi finals, Joachim Hansen. The finals turned out to be a rematch of an earlier fight held in the now defunct Pride organization, which Aoki won by gogoplata. That was one of the first times, if not the first, that a gogoplata had been used to finish a fight. The rematch was short lived as Hansen quickly dominated and TKOed Aoki in the opening minutes making him the first ever Dream Lightweight champion as well as the Lightweight Grand Prix champion.
Another match that has been officially announced today is a matchup between K-1 and Pride star mark Hunt vs. K-1 legend Jerome Lebanner. Hunt looks to snap a three-fight MMA losing streak which have all come against top competition(Barnett and Fedor in 2006 and a quick submission loss to Alistar Overeem in 2008). Hunt's opponent, Jerome LeBanner, is coming off a TKO(arm injury) loss to eventual K-1 World Grand Prix champion Remy Bojasky. The arm injury that LeBanner suffered looked to initially be serious but according to NightmareofBattle:
Even though Le Banner injured his arm at the K-1 event, he will be ready to go as there was no fracture or anything serious like that.
In MMA LeBanner is riding a three fight win streak all via KO against Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jimmy Ambriz and Alan Karaev. The two K-1 vets will be fighting in an MMA match.
Here is how the year end event is shaping up to look like.:
MMA RULES :
- Middleweight: Kazushi Sakuraba (24-11-1) vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (32-13-2)
- Lightweight: Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) vs. Gesias Cavalcante (14-2-1)
- Heavyweight: Jerome Le Banner vs. Mark Hunt
- Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez (15-1) vs. Shinya Aoki (18-3)
K-1 RULES :
- Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) vs. Musashi (49-28-5-1)
- Lightweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri (22-5-2) vs. Kozo Takeda (43-18-7)
K-1 KOSHIEN RULES:
- U-18 Tournament Semifinals: HIROYA (9-1) vs. Shota Shimada (3-0)
- U-18 Tournament Semifinals: Ryuya Kusakabe (2-0) vs. Koya Urabe (2-0)
- U-18 Tournament Finals: Winner of HIROYA/Shimada vs. Winner of Kusakabe/Urabe
Expect more fights to be added soon in typical Japanese fashion, at the last second.
Also of note is that apparently negotiations between FEG and Korean star Yoshihiro Akiyama have ceased for the time being:
FEG president Sadaharu Tanigawa said that negotiations with Akiyama have stopped. He said that they gave Akiyama a list of around 10 candidates, but Akiyama himself refused participation. The reason is still a mystery. He also said that this stop of negotiations is for Dynamite!!, there have been no talk about DREAM for 2009 yet.
Bad news for FEG and Dream. Akiyama is/was one of their best fighters and most importantly one of their biggest draws.