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Glory gibt Dream 18 Kämpfe für 31.12.2012 bekannt Dream, Fightcards MMA/Mixed Martial Arts, Glory/It`s Showtime

Glory hat die ersten Dream 18 MMA Fights für den 31.12.2012 veröffentlicht.

SHINYA AOKI vs. ANTONIO MCKEE
BIBIANO FERNANDES vs. YOSHIRO MAEDA
MELVIN MANHOEF vs. WITH DENIS KANG

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DREAM 18
NEW YEAR’S EVE MMA MATCHUPS ANNOUNCED

SHINYA AOKI FACES ANTONIO MCKEE
BIBIANO FERNANDES BATTLES YOSHIRO MAEDA
MELVIN MANHOEF SQUARES OFF WITH DENIS KANG

TOKYO, Japan (Dec. 7, 2012) – DREAM Lightweight (155 pounds/70 kilograms)
Champion Shinya Aoki (31-6) will face battle-tested wrestling specialist Antonio
McKee (28-4-2) at the DREAM Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Saitama Super
Arena on New Year’s Eve.

The matchup was announced today by officials from DREAM and Glory Sports
International, which is presenting the year-end show along with the GLORY 4
Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam event.

Also announced was a middleweight (185 pounds/84 kilograms) fight between Melvin
Manhoef (26-9-1, 1 NC) and Denis Kang (35-15-2, 2 NC) and a 139-pound
catchweight meeting between former DREAM bantamweight (135 pounds/61 kilograms)
champion Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) and Yoshiro Maeda (30-11-2) of Japan.

“Shinya Aoki is already a legend in mixed martial arts. His jiu jitsu and judo
skills are just incredible and we are delighted to have him on the card for
DREAM 18. The Saitama Super Arena is his home and the greatest matches of his
career have been fought there. We expect another epic encounter on New Year’s
Eve when he faces UFC veteran Antonio McKee,” said GLORY CEO Marcus Luer.

“With Melvin Manhoef and Denis Kang, we have a fight where the fans cannot
afford to blink – there is so much power and skill in that fight that it is
very, very unlikely to go the distance. And the fight between Bibiano Fernandes
and Yoshiro Maeda will be a whirlwind, technical master class. Fernandes is one
of the world’s top ten bantamweights while Maeda is as tough as they come. All
the DREAM 18 fights are absolutely world class and we are very excited about
them.”

Known as Tobikan Judan (‘Master of Flying Attacks’), Aoki is a grappling
prodigy. An incredible 20 of his 31 career wins have been by way of submission
and his victories include wins over Rich Clementi, Joachim Hansen and Eddie
Alvarez. He has a ruthless killer instinct, exemplified by his breaking the arm
of Mizuto Hirota at a 2009 New Year’s Eve event in the Saitama Super Arena.

McKee has fought for the UFC, the IFL and top Canadian promotion MFC in a career
spanning 12 years. Only four fighters have ever managed to beat him, and three
of those – Karo Parisyan, Jacob Volkmann and Chris Brennan – have also competed
amongst the upper echelon of fighters in the UFC and PRIDE FC. McKee was set to
fight Aoki at DREAM: Fight for Japan last May, but the bout fell through because
of visa issues.

The Dutch dynamo Manhoef needs little introduction to fight fans in Japan or
anywhere else. A huge fan favorite, Manhoef’s power and highly aggressive style
combine to ensure that his fights rarely go the distance. He is one of only two
men to ever stop Mark Hunt with strikes and he also has a win over Japanese
legend Kazushi Sakuraba.

French-Korean middleweight Kang won a ‘Fight of the Night’ award for his clash
with Michael Bisping in the UFC. A second-degree Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt,
Kang’s honors include being a finalist in the PRIDE FC Welterweight Grand Prix
and winning a title in leading Korean promotion Spirit MC. He has wins over
Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua and Akihiro Gono.

Fernandes won the 2009 DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix to become the
organization’s first featherweight champion. After losing the belt to Hiroyuki
Takaya, he moved down to bantamweight and won the DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix.

Maeda has competed for many of the best organizations in the world, including
PRIDE FC, DREAM, WEC, Pancrase and DEEP. He fought for the WEC bantamweight
title against Miguel Torres at WEC 34 and holds wins over Chase Beebe and
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu expert Micah Miller among others. He was also a
quarter-finalist in the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix.

‘GSI presents DREAM 18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year’s Eve Special’ – will
commence at 4 p.m. JST with the DREAM 18 card and continue with the GLORY 4
Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam, a one-night, 16-man, single-elimination
tournament featuring the world’s top heavyweight stand-up fighters, including
Semmy Schilt (39-6, 18 KO’s), Gokhan Saki (77-15, 53 KO’s), Daniel Ghita (44-7,
34 KO’s), Remy Bonjasky (77-14, 40 KO’s), Peter Aerts (104-30-1, 78 KO’s), Errol
Zimmerman (76-16-1, 41 KO’s), Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva (32-8-1, 22 KO’s) and
Sergei Kharitonov (22-7, 12 KO’s).

The winner of the heavyweight tournament will take home a Grand Prize of
$400,000, and a total of $600,000 in prize money will be awarded to tournament
participants.

For more information, visit www.gloryworldseries.com.

Shinya Aoki – pic by DREAM/Glory Sports International

Glory gibt Dream 18 Kämpfe für 31.12.2012 bekannt
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