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Dynamite!! Blasts Off Tonight

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MMA Japan Kinnikuman Kinniku Mantaro
(Gesias Calvancante, Kazushi Sakuraba, and Kinnikuman dress to impress at the Dynamite!! 2008 press conference. Photos courtesy of Sherdog.)

Heads up: Fields Dynamite!! 2008 kicks off tomorrow evening in Saitama, Japan, which, because of the sizable time difference, means it’ll be going on late tonight if you’re in the U.S., beginning at 3 a.m. ET. Since the 18-fight card won’t be broadcast live in the U.S. on HDNet or internet pay-per-view, you may have to resort to more roundabout means if you want to watch it live. At any rate, we’ll have full results and videos for you tomorrow, so don’t go nuts. Kinniku Mantaro, get ready to shock the world…

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Ball-Crusher vs. Head-Stomper Added to ‘Dynamite!! 2008′

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(Overeem during his losing effort against Chuck Liddell at PRIDE Total Elimination 2003. Photo courtesy of AlistairOvereem.com.)

Though Alistair Overeem’s New Year’s Eve rematch with Mirko Cro Cop never panned out, another heavyweight match has been added to Fields Dynamite!! 2008 that almost makes up for it. In a new post on his website, Overeem writes:

NEXT VICTIM: BADR HARI!
The discussion was who would fight under whos rules first and Alistair stepped up first! Alistair will fight Badr Hari at K1 Dynamite 31 december under K1 rules! Since Badr Hari challenged Alistair he sees no other option than cause another demolition and knock Badr Hari out! Both fighters agreed to fight in MMA rules early 2009!

In their most recent bouts, Overeem kneed Cro Cop’s nuts up into his chest cavity, while Hari was disqualified for using PRIDE rules in a K-1 match. I say K-1/FEG should also book Gilbert Yvel vs. Mike Kyle, and hold a four-man tournament to crown the World’s Dirtiest Fighter. Maybe the finals could be a fight to the death. What, you wouldn’t pay thirty bucks to spend New Year’s Eve watching that on your computer?

All respect to Overeem for stepping up and agreeing to fight Badr Hari on Hari’s terms, but the Demolition Man is in for a world of hurt. When they have their MMA-rules bout next year, it’ll be a different story, as Overeem is pretty damn handy with a choke-hold. In a standup-only fight, however, it’ll probably be all Hari. It’s strange that K-1, who just finished stripping Hari of his heavyweight title and prize money, are basically letting the dude call his shots for the Overeem fight — why not hold the MMA match first, as punishment? But business is business, and Hari’s nasty DQ probably increased his drawing power more than any respectable victory ever could.

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Bob Sapp to Fight Cartoon Character at ‘Dynamite!! 2008′

Bob Sapp Jan Nortje MMA Strikeforce
(Bob’s fist-allergy starts acting up at the worst possible time.)

There are freak show fights, and then there are fights that re-define the phrase "freak show." Bob Sapp’s next MMA appearance — his first in Japan since he beat comedian Bobby Olugun at last year’s K-1 Dynamite New Year’s Eve event — will be one of those fights.

It was announced today that the Beast will be competing at K-1/FEG’s Fields Dynamite!! 2008 card (December 31st; Saitama, Japan) against Kinniku Mantaro. And just who is this Mantaro fellow? Allow Nightmare of Battle to explain:

Kinniku Mantaro is the 59th prince of Planet Muscle (Planet Kinniku) and son of the first Kinnikuman, Suguru Muscle and Belinda Bibinba. Raised during times of peace, he is a spoiled, cowardly, lazy teenager, much like his father was except with more emphasis on cowardice and less on clumsiness. He usually start matches off in a cowardly state, only managing to get a few good moves in due to luck. However, when his friends are in trouble or his opponent is being dishonorable, he manages to reach the state of Kajiba no Kuso Djikara (Burning Inner Strength). When this happens, the Niku-Mark appears on his forehead and his strength, stamina, and technique increase many fold.

What we’re talking about here is a character from the Japanese comic series/cartoon Kinnikuman, which American audiences might remember from the ’80s collectible figurine line M.U.S.C.L.E. Playing the role of Kinniku Mantaro will be Akihito Tanaka, a heavyweight pro wrestler seven-time All-Japan Wrestling Champion who has been training recently at Kazushi Sakuraba’s Laughter 7 gym. And yes, he will be wearing the Kinniku mask during the fight, which will be "produced by DJ OZMA." Holy Crap. Good-natured comic relief, or the low point of Japanese sports entertainment? We’ll find out on New Year’s Eve. The nearly-complete lineup for Dynamite!! 2008′s otherwise-compelling card, and video of Kinniku in action are after the jump.

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Aoki, Alvarez to Settle Their Score on NYE?


(Shinya Aoki: Always prepared for a chilly afternoon.)

Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki were supposed to have their showdown in the finals of DREAM’s lightweight GP in July — instead, Alvarez was declared unfit to advance after getting his right eye messed up during his thrilling quarterfinal bomb-fest against Tatsuya Kawajiri, which allowed alternate Joachim Hansen to step in and whip the already-exhausted Aoki. Now the two top-five fighters may finally get a chance to test themselves against each other, as a fight between Alvarez and Aoki is in the works for "Fields Dynamite!! 2008" on New Year’s Eve.

Cross your fingers that it actually comes together. Simply put, Aoki vs. Alvarez would be the most important lightweight fight you’d find outside of the UFC, as well as one of the best grappler vs. striker showcases in any weight class, in any organization. Though Alvarez hasn’t competed since the DREAM tournament, Aoki snuck in a quick submission victory over Todd Moore at DREAM 6 in September; his loss to Hansen snapped a three-year-long undefeated streak that saw him go 12-0 with one no-contest.

Hansen is slated to appear in a headlining bout at Dynamite!! against JZ Calvancante, alongside bouts between Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura, and Mousasi vs. Musashi. According to MMA Weekly, other rumored participants include Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mitsuhiro Ishida, Masakazu Imanari, Nick Diaz, Hayato Sakurai, and Ikuhisa Minowa.

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Tim Sylvia Heads to Japan, Still a Crybaby Asshole

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(Photo courtesy of Tim-Sylvia.com)

Tim Sylvia, who has been laying low since his 36-second humiliation at the hands of Fedor Emelianenko in July, may return to competition in a month — on the other side of the world. According to a new report on Sherdog, Sylvia’s manager Monte Cox is angling to get him booked at either DREAM/K-1′s "Dynamite!!" event on New Year’s Eve, or Sengoku 7 on January 4th. Cox said that Sylvia has been granted a "certificate of eligibility" to participate in either promotion, and confirmed that he won’t be a part of Affliction’s second show on January 24th. No word yet on who the Maine-iac might be facing in Japan; as he told Sherdog, "I don’t think anyone ever knows until about a week before they fight."

But there is somebody that Timmy does have his eyes on: None other than MMA cautionary tale Ken Shamrock. As Sylvia tells it, “I was supposed to fight Ken Shamrock December 20…in a small show called XP3 Promotions. I believe in Texas, but it’s postponed to February now." But why on Earth would Sylvia want to fight a 44-year-old light-heavyweight who’s lost seven of his last eight fights? Well:

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