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DREAM returning for New Year’s Eve show in Japan

The phrase “PRIDE never die” entered the MMA lexicon in the not-too-distant past, representing fans’ remaining love for the defunct organization. It now looks like DREAM, the promotion many felt would serve as PRIDE’s replacement, isn’t ready to kick the bucket yet either.

Though parent company FEG folded earlier this year, investors have since stepped in to put together a New Year’s Eve event under the DREAM banner where a blend of kickboxing/MMA bouts will be featured. Keeping with tradition, the card will be held on December 31 at Saitama Super Arena.

News of the show surfaced earlier today at a press conference.

The only competitors scheduled for action thus far are Satoru Kitaoka and Tatsuya Kawajiri. More fights are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

It is unknown if DREAM will continue to function beyond the December lineup. Regardless, fans will be treated to at least one more major event in Japan while ushering in the new year, a scenario longtime lovers of the sport have come to expect as part of the annual celebration.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    its good to know there will be another 8 to 12 hour MMA bender to be had on new years day.
    love it. the 2008 event was awesome, one of my favorite ever, the Koshien under 18 tournement was ridiculous. and the 2009 Dream vs Sengoku matchs were cool too
    look forward to it

  • Lord Faust says:

    Don’t toy with my emotions Japan!! I hope this happens, but either way their MMA market has imploded. :(


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