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DREAM 18 New Year’s Eve MMA Matchups

DREAM 18

NEW YEAR’S EVE MMA MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED

SHINYA AOKI FACES ANTONIO MCKEE

BIBIANO FERNANDES BATTLES YOSHIRO MAEDA

MELVIN MANHOEF SQUARES OFF WITH DENIS KANG

TOKYO, Japan (Dec. 7, 2012) - DREAM Lightweight (155 pounds/70 kilograms) Champion Shinya Aoki (31-6) will face battle-tested wrestling specialist Antonio McKee (28-4-2) at the DREAM Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Saitama Super Arena on New Year’s Eve.

The matchup was announced today by officials from DREAM and Glory Sports International, which is presenting the year-end show along with the GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam event.

Also announced was a middleweight (185 pounds/84 kilograms) fight between Melvin Manhoef (26-9-1, 1 NC) and Denis Kang (35-15-2, 2 NC) and a 139-pound catchweight meeting between former DREAM bantamweight (135 pounds/61 kilograms) champion Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) and Yoshiro Maeda (30-11-2) of Japan.

Shinya Aoki is already Continue reading

Yushin Okami Coming for Anderson Silva

We visited Yushin Okami at RJW (Real Japan Wrestling, part of the Wajutsu Keishukai network) where he trains several days a week to interview him and watch him take the MMA class with some of the resident professional and amateur fighters.

RJW is located in a very unlikely spot. A residential area of Tokyo, on a converted floor of a condominium, rather hard to find for anyone unfamiliar with Tokyo or the Japanese language. Continue reading