DREAM officials have released the schedule of events for Saturday's DREAM: New Year! 2011 year-end mega-show.
Formally titled "Genki Desu Ka!", the event is co-promoted by DREAM, K-1, and the IGF, and scheduled to take place December 31st, 2011 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Following in the tradition of past New Year's Eve co-promotions, a mixture of kickboxing, mixed martial arts, pro wrestling, and mixed rules bouts are slated for action.
As expected, a heavyweight bout between Fedor Emelianenko (34-4, 1 NC) and Satoshi Ishii (4-1-1) has been tapped as the night's main event. The bout will mark Emelianenko return to Japan for the first time in four years, to the arena in which he built his Pride legend.
The finals of the DREAM bantamweight tournament are also among the expected events, however DREAM officials have not specified a timetable for the contest.
DREAM: New Year! 2011 kicks off at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Saturday morning and will be broadcast live on HDNet.
"DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011" fight card:
Heavyweight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii
Lightweight Championship: Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka
Featherweight Championship: Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi Inoue
Pro Wrestling: Kazushi Sakuraba/Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinichi Suzukawa/Atsushi Sawada
Pro Wrestling: Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts
Pro Wrestling: Tim Sylvia vs. Jerome Le Banner
Mixed Rules: Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Pro Wrestling: Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki
Kickboxing: Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund
Kickboxing: Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda
Welterweight: Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan
Featherweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Women's Flyweight: Megumi Fujii vs. Karla Benitez
Bantamweight Semifinals: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz
Bantamweight Semifinals: Masakazu Imanari vs. Antonio Banuelos
Tourney Reserve: Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev