Ikuhisa Minowa. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.
Fighting and Entertainment Group, the parent company of DREAM, has announced that longtime Japanese MMA veteran Ikuhisa Minowa will take on K-1 kickboxing champion Errol Zimmerman in the opening bout at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2008, which takes place on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
With the announcement of the matchup, the 19-fight card has been finalized.
Minowa, a veteran of MMA since the glory days of Pancrase in the mid-90’s, will be fighting for the fifth time in 2008 when he takes on Zimmerman. Minowa has gone 2-2 so far this year, most recently falling to fellow Pancrase veteran Masakatsu Funaki via submission at DREAM.6 on September 23.
Zimmerman will be making his debut in mixed martial arts against Minowa, and the Golden Glory product has achieved much success in his professional kickboxing ventures this year. Zimmerman won the K-1 World Grand Prix in Amsterdam back in April and followed it up with a third-place finish at the 2008 K-1 World Grand Prix earlier this month.
The event will be headlined by a Japanese legends match between Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura. Additional featured bouts will include DREAM champion Joachim Hansen competing in a non-title rematch against Gesias Calvancante and Eddie Alvarez taking on Shinya Aoki in a battle of top-ranked lightweights.
The complete card for the event is as follows:
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
Eddie Alvarez vs. Shinya Aoki
Joachim Hansen vs. Gesias Calvancante
Mark Hunt vs. Jerome LeBanner
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Hong-Man Choi
Hayato Sakurai vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Semmy Schilt vs. Mighty Mo
Bob Sapp vs. Kinniku Mantaro
Andy Ologun vs. Yukio Sakaguchi
Hideo Tokoro vs. Daisuke Nakamura
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Errol Zimmerman
K-1 Rules Bouts
Alistair Overeem vs. Badr Hari
Gegard Mousasi vs. Musashi
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kozo Takeda
Yoshihiro Sato vs. Artur Kyshenko
Hiroya vs. Shota Shimada (Part of Four-Man Tournament)
Ryuya Kusakabe vs. Koya Urabe (Part of Four-Man Tournament)
Daizo Sasaki vs. Taishi Hiratsuka
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