(Ishii misunderstood the SEG reps when they offered for him to sign for a K-1 bout with LeBanner. He thought he was signing for to get a K-1 belt with LeBanner.)
In keeping with Japanese tradition of announcing bouts at the last minute, K-1 revealed the majority of its competitors for its FieLDS Dynamite!! show on New Year’s Eve at a special press conference held in Japan last night.
Besides the rumored featherweight championship bout between champion Bibiano Fernandes and Hiroyuki Takaya and welterweight title tilt between Marius Zaromskis and Kazushi Sakuraba, SEG also confirmed Satoshi Ishii vs. Jerome Le Banner, Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno, Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro Nagashim, Kyotaro Fujimoto vs. Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson among among other bouts.
They also announced that Strikeforce heavyweight champion and K-1 Open Weight Grand Prix winner Alistair Overeem will be on the card against a yet-to-be-named opponent and that depending on the caliber of his challenger, the fight could be for the DREAM heavyweight strap. Bobby Lashley and Todd Duffee are the two leading candidates to face The Reem, but according to sources, an announcement likely won’t happen until next week as they are working through a few hurdles with their number one choice.
A strange addition to the card is a pro wrestling bout between Bob Sapp and Shinichi Suzukawa which will be contested under Antonio Inoki’s Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) rules. At least it will give us a chance to go to the washroom and to grab a sandwich and a beer.
K-1 Dynamite!! 2020 New Year’s Eve Show
December 31, 2010
Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
Broadcast live on HDNet
Featherweight Championship Bout
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (for featherweight title)
Welterweight Championship Bout
Marius Zaromskis vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Alistair Overeem vs. TBA
Satoshi Ishii vs. Jerome Le Banner
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro Nagashim
Kyotaro Fujimoto vs. Gegard Mousasi
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Josh Thomson
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. Caol Uno
Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazuhisa Watanabe
Jason High vs. Hayato Sakurai
Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Tetsuya Yamato
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Ikuhisa "Minowaman" Minowa
Katsuaki Furuki vs. Andy Ologun
Special IGF Pro Wrestling Rules Bout
Bob Sapp vs. Shinichi Suzukawa