A day before the ball drops in New York to ring in the New Year, the fine MMA folks at HDNet will begin broadcasting all nine hours of
DREAM‘s upcoming NYE extravaganza, giving diehard MMA fans an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of 2012 two nights in a row!
Set to start Saturday morning at 1:00 AM EST, DREAM New Year! 2011 boasts a variety of fights including those with MMA, kickboxing, and pro wrestling rules, as well as a main event pitting Fedor Emelianenko against Olympic judoka Satoshi Ishii. Others expected to compete include Josh Barnett, Kazushi Sakuraba, Ryo Chonan, plus the card will feature a pair of DREAM championship clashes.
News of the epic nine-hour block was reported by MMAJunkie who confirmed the information with HDNet officials.
The show will go down from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and the original live broadcast will be the only time HDNet televises the event complete, as future airings will be broken up for smaller shows.
Here is the complete card as of now, with more matches expected to be announced in the coming days:
Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda
Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund
Pro Wrestling Matches:
Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki
Atsushi Sawada and Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts
Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno (Mixed-Rules Bout)
Karla Benitez vs. Megumi Fujii
Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev (Bantamweight Grand Prix reserve)
Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari (Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal)
Rodolfo Marques Diniz vs. Bibiano Fernandes (Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Hiroyuki Takaya (c) vs. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue (Featherweight Title-Fight)
Ryo Chonan vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
Shinya Aoki (c) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (Lightweight Title-Fight)
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii