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DREAM returning for New Year’s Eve show in Japan

The phrase “PRIDE never die” entered the MMA lexicon in the not-too-distant past, representing fans’ remaining love for the defunct organization. It now looks like DREAM, the promotion many felt would serve as PRIDE’s replacement, isn’t ready to kick the bucket yet either.

Though parent company FEG folded earlier this year, investors have since stepped in to put together a New Year’s Eve event under the DREAM banner where a blend of kickboxing/MMA bouts will be featured. Keeping with tradition, the card will be held on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena.

News of the show surfaced earlier today at a press conference.

The only competitors scheduled for action thus far are Satoru Kitaoka and Tatsuya Kawajiri. More fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

It is unknown if DREAM will continue to function beyond the December lineup. Regardless, fans will be treated to at least one more major event in Japan while ushering in the new year, a scenario longtime lovers of the sport have come to expect as part of the annual celebration.