I wonder if Satoshi Ishii regrets not signing with the UFC?
The blanks are being filled in for FEG's -- the parent company of K-1 and Dream -- annual New Year's Eve extravaganza Dynamite 2010!!
The Dec. 31 bout will be the first MMA fight of the year for Kharitonov. The Russian was once considered one of the top heavyweights in the world but his last mixed martial arts appearance was an unimpressive submission loss to Jeff Monson in April 2009. Kharitonov looked as though he had found some form in K-1, with an impressive win over Takumi Sato in Seoul and a good start against Singh "Heart" Jaideep, but that was put to an end as the Indian found a home for his hands.
Jerome Le Banner was initially slated to face Mizuno but the Frenchman was later offered Beijing judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. With sources indicating that the Mizuno-Kharitonov bout has been made, it seems as though Le Banner has opted to take the match with Ishii, although MMA Fighting has been unable to confirm that.
Riddum.com has since confirmed the Ishii match with JLB's camp.
The Dynamite!! 2010 Card as of now:
DREAM Welterweight Title Match
Marius Zaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Satoshi Ishii vs Jerome Le Banner
Sergei Kharitonov vs Tatsuya Mizuno
Caol Uno vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Jason High
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazushisa Watanabe
Special Rules Match
Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima
Tetsuya Yamato vs. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura
Gegard Mousasi vs. Kyotaro
Alistair Overeem, Ryo Chonan