FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently received confirmation of the match-up through sources close to one of the fighters.
“Dynamite!! 2009” will be taking place on New Years Eve, December 31, from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, with the live broadcast being televised stateside on HDNet.
Widely considered to be the most ferocious knockout artist in the sport with 22 of his 23 victories coming by way of devastating KO or TKO, Manhoef recently signed with Strikeforce and made his intentions to face off with fellow power puncher Robbie Lawler quite clear. Melvin has gone 6-2 in his last eight bouts, with recent knockouts over Kazushi Sakuraba and Mark Hunt to his credit. A veteran of the K-1 organization, “No Mercy” trains alongside Badr Hari and others out of Mike’s Gym in Holland.
Long regarded as one of the best middleweights in the business, Misaki will be returning to the ring following a suspension due to legal troubles stemming from an incident where the popular Japanese fighter attempted to flee from the police after being caught talking on the cell phone while driving. The suspension was recently lifted during a SRC commission meeting at the world Victory Road headquarters, clearing the way for the former PRIDE welterweight GP winner’s participation on New Years Eve. Misaki has notched impressive victories over the likes of Ed Herman, Phil Baroni, Joe Riggs , and most notably, Dan Henderson during the course of his career.