Both World Victory Road and Fighting Entertainment Group’s New Year’s Eve shows have been announced and unlike last year, they won’t be partnering up and running another event full of DREAM vs. SRC fights.
Instead, they will run separate shows but not on the same night. To avoid unnecessary competition, SRC will actually hold theirs a day before Dynamite!!, but after looking at their plans I’m starting to wonder if Japanese MMA fans won’t be too burnt out to tune in the next night and watch Dynamite. Apparently, SRC plans to host a 25+ fight “martial arts festival” consisting of 10 MMA fights, 10 stand-up fights, 4-5 women’s fights and a few traditional martial arts fights. They’re calling it “Soul of the Fight,” which is cool and all, but seriously, who has the attention span to sit through 25-30 fights?
Fortunately, FEG is sticking with a more traditional 10-13 fight line-up that will primarily consist of MMA fights. Despite the separate shows however, it look like the two promotions will still work together on a few things for NYE.
FEG President Sadaharu Tanigawa was also present at the announcement and expressed a desire to continue building the working relationship with Sengoku. Tanigawa and FEG will likely be assisting in putting together the stand-up bouts on the Sengoku card as FEG’s Dynamite!! will only be featuring around 10-13 fights this year with the focus on MMA.
Up until this point, the exchanges between SRC and FEG have been one-way traffic. The “Soul of Fight” event will mark the first time an FEG contracted fighter will fight under the Sengoku banner.
At the moment, the only official bouts for either event are the final and semi-final rounds of SRC’s welterweight and bantamweight grand prix’s. Here’s a list of rumored fights and participants for each event.
SRC “Soul of Fight”
- Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura vs. Yasubei Enomoto – SRC WW GP final bout
- Manabu Inoue vs. Shunichi Shimizu – SRC BW Asia Tournament 2010 semi-final bout
- Akitoshi Tamura vs. Taiyo Nakahara – SRC BW Asia Tournament 2010 semi-final bout
- SRC FW Champ Marlon Sandro vs. Hatsu Hioki – SRC FW Title fight
- Kazuo Misaki
- Akihiro Gono
- Kazunori Yokota
- Maximo Blanco
- Masanori Kanehara
- Hiroshi Izumi
- Yoshihiro “KISS” Nakao
- DREAM FW Champ Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya – DREAM FW Title fight
- Shinya Aoki vs. Gilbert Melendez
- Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
- Satoshi Ishii
- Kazushi Sakuraba
- Ikuhisa Minowa
- Norifumi “KID” Yamamoto