Some big names have been added to the pseudo-DREAM pseudo-Dynamite!! NYE event, Genki Desu Ka Omisoka. But they’re only pseudo-fights. Pro wrasslin fights to be specific. At the top of the list, Sakuraba will be returning for his first puroresu match since the 90s. This is probably a better idea than a shoot fight since Saku’s idea of training nowadays seems to revolve around smoking cigarettes and horsing around.
Interestingly enough, Josh Barnett will also pro wrestle at this event. Back when Zuffa first bought Strikeforce, they blocked him from this kinda event but since then have softened their stance … apparently to the point where Josh can now compete on a card co-promoted by some of the same guys who fucked UFC brass over when they bought PRIDE. This is either a good sign (that the UFC is softening up and no longer considers these jokers as competition) or bad (because it shows how little they care about what Barnett is up to).
There have also been rumors that Mirko Crocop may return to Japan in a fake fight capacity. Yeah, there’s only one week til the event but how long does it take to prepare a few bodyslams, third rope jumps, then really kick your opponent in the face?
The entire line-up as it stands today is after the jump.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii
- Ryo Chonan vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
- Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka (for lightweight title)
- Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno (mixed-rules bout)
- Champ Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue (for featherweight title)
- Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
- Rodolfo Marques Diniz vs. Bibiano Fernandes (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal)
- Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal)
- Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev (bantamweight grand-prix reserve match)
- Karla Benitez vs. Megumi Fujii
- Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts (pro-wrestling match)
- Atsushi Sawada and Shinichi Suzukawa vs. Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata (pro-wrestling match)
- Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki (pro-wrestling match)
- Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund (kickboxing match)
- Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda (kickboxing match)