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Alistair Overeem, plus another bout, officially announced for Dynamite 2010 line-up

Japanese promoter FEG announced the official addition of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem, as well as a match-up between two masters of opposing disciplines, to the ever-expanding card expected to take place in Saitama, Japan on December 31 at “Dynamite: The Power of Courage”.

Though no opponent was named for Overeem, the two individuals set to square off create an intriguing pairing from a stylistic standpoint, as judoka Satoshi Ishii, who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, will take on famed French kickboxer Jerome LeBanner.

While LeBanner has never won a K-1 World Grand Prix he holds an overall record of 76-19 and wins over most of the sport’s top competitors. He is 3-1-1 in Mixed Martial Arts with victories in his last three bouts, including a knockout of Yoshishiro Akiyama in 2005, but has focused on kickboxing for the last four years rather than jumping between the two athletic endeavors.

Counting Ishii vs. LeBanner, FEG’s annual showcase of talent now looks to feature fifteen total fights. Other announced match-ups include former Strikeforce lightweight title-holder Josh Thomson fighting 26-6-2 Tatsuya Kawajiri, as well as a scrap between featherweight champs Bibiano Fernandes and Hiroyuki Takaya and appearances by event-regulars Shinya Aoki, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Ikuhisa Minowa.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Overeem is hoping this is for the DREAM HW belt…

  • danw84 says:

    I keep hearing he’s fighting Todd Duffee. Has anything confirmed or denied this yet?

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    i’m hearing Duffee too…

    i hope its legit, pretty sure Duffee will put a charge into that chickenshit HemRoidCreme.

  • MCM says:

    Bloody Elbow is also reporting an Overeem/Duffee fight.
    I think Overeem takes it as he’s a much better striker and Duffee is far too green for a fight of this caliber.

    but I hope I’m wrong.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Damn!!!! exclusive contracts would have stopped this!.
    Thank f#ck co-pro exists and Overeem might be fighting Duffee in a few days.
    To all those who think it is a bad idea or that it doesn’t work, I say Zaromskis vs Diaz, Diaz vs Sakurai, Overeem vs Duffee, Fedor vs Werdum, Manhoef vs Lawler, Aoki vs Melendez, Hirota vs Aoki, Fedor vs Rogers, Arlovski vs Fedor, Sylvia vs Fedor, Mousassi vs O’Brien etc etc were all because there were NO exclusive contracts. I can list the fights that it prevents again if you want, like Fedor vs Valasquez, Jacare vs Silva, Melendez vs Pettis, Mousasi vs Shogun, Rampage vs Mo, Cavalcante vs Thiago Silva, GSP vs Diaz, Heiron vs Alves, Amossou vs Wanderlei, Khalidov vs Marquardt, Lombard vs Maia and the list goes on for hours.
    Sorry but I just thought it needed to be pointed out that this fight may happen thanks to the absence of exclusive contracts.

  • twyg says:

    You forgot to mention Alverez vs. Melendez, oh wait that won’t happen because your boy Coker doesn’t really believe in co-promotion. How many times has Fedor fought since the Pride buyout? Do you think this renegoiting after every fight would be happening if it were Dana they were trying to pull this bullshit with? How many times has Overeem defended that Strikeforce title anyway? Once, fucking once in three years, and it was against a guy coming off a lose. Congrats go out to Overeem for winning the K-1 GP, but could he please defend his title. The UFC doesn’t need to co-promote because they will just sign most of the guys they want when their contracts are up (Jake Shields). If I were Duffee I would ask for my cash up front, because I’m pretty sure Goodridge still hasn’t been paid for his fight with Overeem on last years card.


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