FEG, the parent company of both K-1 and DREAM, has officially added two more MMA bouts to its “Fields Dynamite!!” card on New Year’s Eve, set to take place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event is set to feature both kickboxing bouts as well as MMA bouts and these two matchups will be fought under MMA rules.
A long-awaited lightweight matchup between Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki has been added to the card as well as a heavyweight matchup between Mark Hunt and Jerome LeBanner. The organization finalized these two bouts late last night.
Aoki and Alvarez were set to meet in the finals of the DREAM lightweight grand prix this past summer after both fighters advanced to the finals. Unfortunately for Alvarez, who was involved in a Fight of the Year candidate earlier in the night against Tatsuya Kawajiri, was unable to continue on in the tournament due to injury. Joachim Hansen took his place and defeated Aoki, becoming the first ever DREAM lightweight champion.
Alvarez has not fought since that night in July, though he was scheduled to fight Nick Diaz in November for the EliteXC lighweight title before the company abruptly shut down operations. Aoki has recorded a victory since then, submitting Todd Moore at DREAM.6 in just over a minute’s time.
Mark Hunt has been on a three fight losing streak in MMA, with his last three losses coming against Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem. He will take on Jerome LeBanner, a renowned kickboxer, who has rattled off three straight wins in MMA.
FEG’s “Fields Dynamite!! 2008” is also set to include a long-awaited MMA bout between the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura as well as another fantastic lightweight matchup between Gesias Calvancante and Joachim Hansen.