FEG has announced the addition of a trio of match-ups to their annual “Dynamite” card slated for December 31 in Saitama, Japan including bouts featuring regional stars Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Caol Uno.
According to the company, Aoki will compete in a “mixed rules” bout against K-1 fighter Yuichiro Nagashima. Though the specific format has not been explained as of yet, there has been discussion regarding the possibility of one round of Mixed Martial Arts followed by another using the K-1 kickboxing format.
Slated for MMA-specific action, legendary competitor Kazushi Sakuraba will face Marius Zaromskis in a bout with the Lithuanian striker’s DREAM Welterweight Championship on the line. The pairing marks Zaromskis’ return to the promotion where he made a name for himself last year after compiling three consecutive wins by way of headkick. He has since gone 0-2 in Strikeforce with a recent “No Contest” against Waachim Spiritwolf due to an accidental eye-poke.
Also returning to Japan after a stint in the United States, former UFC lightweight Caol Uno will make his 145-pound debut at “Dynamite: The Power of Courage 2010” against freestyle wrestler Kazuyuki Miyata. Miyata, who represented Japan in the 2000 Olympics, has won his last five bouts including a decision victory over Takeshi “Lion” Inoue at DREAM 16 this past September.
The six fighters join a New Year’s Eve line-up already featuring former Strikeforce lightweight champ Josh Thomson fighting 26-6-2 Tatsuya Kawajiri, as well as a featherweight title fight between Bibiano Fernandes and Hiroyuki Takaya (who originally fought to a split decision in the final of last year’s DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix).