A mixed rules bout between DREAM Lightweight Champion Shinya Aoki and K-1 World MAX 2010 -70kg Japan tournament winner Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima has been booked for Fighting and Entertainment Group’s end of year event, MMA Fighting has learned from sources.
The bout between two of Japan’s most eccentric lightweights will be contested under alternating rounds of MMA and K-1 rules as we first saw at Dynamite!! 2004, when Jerome Le Banner and Bob Sapp fought to a draw.
Le Banner may have missed out on a K-1 Finals berth on Saturday due to his temper tantrum against Kyotaro in Seoul, but the Frenchman will instead be appearing at Dynamite!! 2010, Le Banner’s management has told French website Ikusa.fr. The K-1 veteran will take on Dream light heavyweight GP finalist Tatsuya Mizuno in a mixed martial arts rules bout. Le Banner has not fought MMA since a 2006 victory of Jimmy Ambriz and has a notable 2005 win over current UFC standout Yoshihiro Akiyama.
K-1 Event Producer Sadaharu Tanigawa revealed this week via Twitter that he would announce 10 fights for Dyanmite!! post-fight at Saturday’s K-1 World GP Finals.
Among the 10 matches will be the previously mentioned fights, Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson and rumors are also circulating that a bout between two-division DREAM Champion and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and disgraced sumo Shinichi Suzukawa is in the works but sources have been unable to confirm this.
Dynamite!! 2010 – Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
DREAM Featherweight Title Match
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
Jerome Le Banner vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson
Special Rules Match
Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima