It’s official, DREAM will be holding a New Year’s Eve event at the Saitama Super Arena on December 31. Kickboxing promotion GLORY and head promoter Pierre Andurand have stepped up and invested heavily in making the event happen. Much like the past few years, the bill will be lined with both MMA and kickboxing bouts.
Already confirmed for the night are DREAM Featherweight Champion Hiroyuki Takaya, as well as former title challengers Tatsuya Kawajiri and Satoru Kitaoka. Also rumored for the event is the retirement bout for all-time women’s MMA great Megumi Fujii.
A New Year’s event has been a long-running tradition in Japanese fight culture, dating back to PRIDE and Antonio Inoki’s events. While it remains uncertain as to whether this will be a one-off event or DREAM will continue operations, fans of Japanese MMA can look forward to at least one more rodeo from the promotion. Additional participants will be announced in the coming weeks.