Asian MMA: ONE FC and GLORY forge partnership, Bibiano Fernandes competes at NYE event

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ONE FC and GLORY have joined forces, and will be sharing fighters starting with the planned GLORY-DREAM NYE event.

ONE Fighting Championship has officially joined forces with Glory Sports International, forming a partnership between these two groups have been making huge waves in the Asian region. Through this relationship, ONE FC and GLORY will now be able to share fighters throughout their network, which already includes several promotions in the region such as DREAM, URCC, Road FC, and CFC among others.

The fruits of this new partnership will start on the planned GLORY - DREAM NYE special. As we reported earlier, ONE FC fighters such as Phil Baroni and Shinya Aoki are going to be competing on the card, with more fighters from the network also expected to be added in the coming days.

Apart from having several MMA fights, the New Year's Eve show will also be host to a one night, 16-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament filled with some of the sport's best fighters.

As always, stay tuned for more details as the card slowly shapes up.

UPDATE: A reliable source close to the promotion have informed that DREAM Bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes is also set to compete on the NYE event. Fernandes signed with ONE FC earlier in the year, and was last seen defeating Gustavo Falciroli in a very entertaining ground battle last August.

Check out the current rumored fight card:


DREAM.18 - GLORY 4 NYE Special 2012
December 31, 2012 -- Saitama Super Arena, Japan

MMA Rules:

- Bibiano Fernandes
Tatsuya Kawajiri
- Hiroyuki Takaya [DREAM FW Championship]
- Satoru Kitaoka
- Phil Baroni vs. Hayato Sakurai
- Shinya Aoki vs. Will Brooks*

GLORY Grand Slam Tournament:

- Semmy Schilt vs. Brice Guidon
- Sergei Kharitonov vs. Rico Verhoeven
- Gokhan Saki vs. Raomoru
- Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs. Igor Jurkovic
- Remy Bonjasky Filip Verlinden
- Errol Zimmerman Jamal Ben Saddick
- Peter Aerts vs. Mourad Bouzidi
- Daniel Ghita vs. Fabiano Aoki

* - Unconfirmed

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