Here are almost all tournament fights of the four finalists on their road to a spot on Dynamite!!
Ryuya Kusakabe (16), the kid with the little sister:
HIROYA (16), the genius:
Shota Shimada (17), the kid who is trained by his father who carries around a baseball bat during training:
Koya Urabe (18), something with big brother:
No videos of his fights.
Minowaman vs. K-1 WGP 2008 Semifinalist Errol Zimmerman was added today to the huge Dynamite!! card. It will be fought under MMA rules and is in the DREAM open-weight division.
If nothing else is stated, DREAM rules are R1 1×10, R2 1×5 with a 90 second interval. K-1 and K-1 Koshien rules are 3×3 with a 60 second interval.
1×3 min. ext. for example means that in case of a draw, an extra round that is 3 minutes long decides the fight.
0. K-1 Koshien 62kg Reserve Fight: Daizo Sasaki vs. Taishi Hiratsuka
1. DREAM Open-Weight: Minowaman vs. Errol Zimmerman
2. K-1 Koshien 62kg Semifinal: Ryuya Kusakabe vs. Koya Urabe
3. K-1 Koshien 62kg Semifinal: HIROYA vs. Shota Shimada
4. K-1 Middleweight 71kg (1×3 min. ext.): Yoshihiro Sato vs. Artur Kyshenko
5. DREAM Lightweight 68kg: Daisuke Nakamura vs. Hideo Tokoro
6. DREAM Welterweight 75kg: Yukio Sakaguchi vs. Andy Ologun
7. K-1 Koshien 62kg Final (1×2 min. ext.): Kusakabe/Urabe vs. HIROYA/Shimada
8. DREAM Heavyweight +93.1kg: Kinniku Mantaro vs. Bob Sapp
9. DREAM Heavyweight +93.1kg: Semmy Schilt vs. Mighty Mo
10. DREAM Welterweight 80kg: Hayato “Mach” Sakurai vs. Katsuyori Shibata
11. K-1 Middleweight 70kg: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Takeda Kozo
12. K-1 Open-Weight (1×3 min. ext.): Badr Hari vs. Alistair Overeem
13. DREAM Heavyweight +93.1kg: Mirko CroCop vs. Choi Hong Man
14. K-1 Open-Weight: Musashi vs. Gegard Mousasi
15. DREAM Heavyweight +93.1kg (3×5 / 60s int.): Jerome Le Banner vs. Mark Hunt
16. DREAM Lightweight 70kg: Shinya Aoki vs. Eddie Alvarez
17. DREAM Lightweight 70kg: Joachim Hansen vs. J.Z. Calvan
18. DREAM Middleweight 84kg: Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
The fighting mask of Kinniku Mantaro was unveiled today in a public training session at the Laughter 7 gym. In the short 2 minute spar, Kinniku Mantaro showed some impressive takedowns and armbars. He left the ring after the sparring session without saying a word (he didn’t speak during the fight announcement press conference either).
Takeda Kozo belonged to the rugby club in his school days and got into Kokushikan University through rugby recommendation. While attending the university, he saw a fight with Branko Cikatic in K-1 and immediately dropped out of the university to start Kickboxing.
He joined Jiseikan Gym and made his New Japan Kickboxing Federation debut on March 19th, 1995.
On January 21st in 2001, he became the fourth foreign fighter to become stadium champion as he defeated Charamdam to win the Rajadamnern Welterweight title. However, he lost the title on September 16th in that same year against a fourth ranked Thai.
There have been a lot of FEG news these last days, but SENGOKU hasn’t been forgotten as there have been many public training sessions in the last week.
First, it has been announced that on January 18th, SENGOKUG! will get an extra 30 minutes of airtime on TV Tokyo in a special SENGOKU NO RAN 2009 episode.
Yoshihiro Nakao is very serious about his upcoming fight against Antonio Silva. Nakao was in a traffic accident on October 26th and had to stay in the hospital for 2 days. He is good now but he says that some damage still remains. He also says that while Fedor is called the worlds strongest, he thinks that Silva is stronger.
An additional fight was announced for Dynamite!! today. The all but official fight between Badr Hari and Alistair Overeem was announced and it will be fought under K-1 Rules.
It is also worth noting that on December 30th, an open press conference will be held at Shinjuku Station Square in Tokyo. All participants will attend this press conference.