There's a bunch of news coming out of the Asian region, so let's dive right in:
Renato Sobral (36-10) has signed with ONE FC. The signing was first reported by Damon Martin, saying that the UFC Veteran and former Strikeforce Champ, will be competing on March in Singapore, an event that will be co-promoted by ONE FC and DREAM.
BloodyElbow.com reached out and has confirmed the signing with ONE FC officials, stating that 'Babalu' has "global exclusivity" with the promotion. No opponent has been set as of this writing, but stay tuned as we keep you updated on the situation.
- As we wrote about last week, the popular Filipino, Eduard Folayang will be headlining URCC Cebu 7 on January 13. His opponent has already been confirmed and it will be against Wadson Teixeira, a Muay Thai champ and BJJ Brown belt, who trains with UFC stars Jose Aldo and Diego Nunes in the famed Nova Uniao gym.
Teixeira will surely be providing a stiff test in a very interesting battle of styles when he faces off against decorated Wushu star and URCC champion in Folayang.
Also, for those who speak Portuguese, here's a video Wadson talking about his URCC bout on the Brazilian News.
- In other news, Evolve MMA has significantly beefed up their training team. Known for housing several of the very best in the world at Muay Thai, BJJ, and Boxing, Evolve has always held a world champion standard for their coaches. Being in Asia, what has always been tough to come by was a top level wrestler that fit the mold for their champion standards.
After a lengthy search, they have finally filled that gap by adding Heath Sims and Jake Butler.
Sims is a US Greco-Roman Olympic wrestler who has won numerous titles in wrestling. He is more known in MMA circles for being the long time Team Quest owner, head coach, and training partner of Dan Henderson. While he will still be flying back and forth to coach Hendo on his fights, he will moving to Singapore full-time to head Evolve MMA's wrestling program starting February.
Sims will be their new coach and he'll be helping Evolve Founder Chatri Sityodtong with their fight team. One of the new additions on that team is another high caliber wrestler in Jake Butler, who's an NCAA Division 1 wrestler from Princeton University. He will be starting his MMA career, and will be competing at ONE FC.
- Check out the DREAM NYE Weigh-In Results and bout order after the jump, and don't forget to follow me on twitter -- @antontabuena.
Here are the DREAM NYE Weigh-In Results for the mammoth New Year's Eve card in Japan (via NOB):
17. Fedor Emelianenko (106kg) vs. Satoshi Ishii (97.4kg)
DREAM Lightweight Championship
16. Shinya Aoki (70kg) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (70kg)
DREAM Featherweight Championship
15. Hiroyuki Takaya (65kg) vs. Lion Takeshi (64.8kg)
14. Kazushi Sakuraba / Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinichi Suzukawa / Atsushi Sawada
13. Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts
12. Jerome Le Banner vs. Tim Sylvia
DREAM Bantamweight Tournament
11. Final: Imanari/Banuelos vs. Fernandes/Marques
10. Yuichiro Nagashima (73.5kg) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (73.5kg)
9. Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki
8. Megumi Fujii (52kg) vs. Karla Benitez (52kg)
7. Tatsuya Kawajiri (65kg) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (64.7kg)
6. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (75.8kg) vs. Ryo Chonan (75.5kg)
5. Yuta Kubo (63.8kg) vs. Nils Widlund (63.6kg)
4. Masaaki Noiri (64kg) vs. Kengo Sonoda (63.5kg)
DREAM Bantamweight Tournament
3. Semifinal: Bibiano Fernandes (61kg) vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz (62.2kg)
2. Semifinal: Masakazu Imanari (60.8kg) vs. Antonio Banuelos (61kg)
1. Reserve: Hideo Tokoro (61kg) vs. Yusup Saadulaev (61.6kg)
Here's the HDNet promo for the event: