Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” DREAM Glory New Year’s Eve Show a True Mega Event
By Joshua Molina
If you love fighting, suspense and drama, there’s only one place to be on New Year’s Eve.
Watching DREAM 18 and Glory 4 live on Internet Pay Per View, or, for the first time ever, on the CBS Sports Network.
One of the sport’s highlights in 2012 was the resurgence of Japanese MMA company DREAM, revived by Glory Sports International, and the its partnership with One FC.
When fans in the United States and Canada think of MMA, they rightfully think of the UFC. But in Asia, particularly Japan, fans have a long history of watching mixed martial arts and full contact fighting from several other full contact fighting promotions.
Glory and OneFC, for now, dominate the Asian MMA and stand-up fighting market. Some of the greatest fighters in the world will battle on New Year’s Eve in what can legitimately be called a Super Show.
The show will feature seven MMA matches and an eight-man stand-up, one-night only kickboxing heavyweight Grand Slam Tournament. The winner, for the first time, will have to win four matches in one night to win the tournament.
The tournament will take place in the 265 pound weight division – which means expect a lot of knockouts from the heavy hitting warriors.
The event will take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan.
In a special attraction, former Strikeforce Bantamweight Women’s Champion Marloes Coenen will fight on the card against Fiona Muxlow.
The New Year’s Eve show, and the re-explosion of MMA in the Asian markets, is the latest sign that although the the UFC is the most popular and successful brand in the world, there is still room for legitimate, quality organizations to promote some of the best fighters in the world.
At a time when there possibly could be an oversaturation of UFC on free television in America, Glory and DREAM present an exciting alternative for fight fans in 2013.
The Kickboxing Card
265 lbs.: Semmy Schilt vs Brice Guidon
265 lbs.: Sergei Kharitonov vs Rico Verhoeven
265 lbs.: Saki vs Raomoru
265 lbs.: Anderson “Braddock” Silva vs Igor Jurkovic
265 lbs.: Bonjasky vs Filip Verlinden
265 lbs.: Errol Zimmerman vs Jamal Ben Saddick
265 lbs.: Peter Aerts vs Mourad Bouzidi
265 lbs.: Daniel Ghita vs Fabiano Aoki
The MMA Card:
155 lbs.: Shinya Aoki vs Antonio Mckee
135 lbs.: Bibiano Fernandes vs Yoshiro Maeda
185 lbs.: Melvin Manhoef vs Denis Kang
170 lbs.: Phil Baroni vs Hayato Sakurai
145 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs Michihiro Omigawa
145 lbs.: Hiroyuki Takaya vs Georgi Karakhanyan
155 lbs.: Satoru Kitaoka vs Will Brooks
The show will also feature four special kickboxing attractions:
– Robin van Roosmalen vs. Yuichiro Nagashima
– Jerome Le Banner vs. Koichi Pettas
– Toshio Matsumoto vs. Jason Wilnis
– Mutsuki Ebata vs. San Che Kim
The CBS Sports cable and satellite broadcast, available in nearly 50 million U.S. homes, will air on tape delay beginning at 10 p.m. PST on New Year’s Eve. The Pay Per View Show will air live at www.gloryworldseries.com for $20.