12/31 Yarennoka - Fights Added

Friday, 7 December 2007


If you`re going to one event this year, which one would you choose?? For me, hands down, Yarennoka. Unfurtunately, I have family comittments on NYE and wont be able to go.

Yesterday 2 more fights were added, so now we have 4 fights confirmed, a list of very good fighters waiting for an opponent and of course, the rumored fighters. The fights were introduced by DEEP promotor Shigeru Saeki.

Confirmed Fights:
Shinya Aoki 11-2-0 vs. 14-1-1 J.Z. Calvan
Hayato Sakurai 30-7-2 vs. 14-8-4 Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez 13-0-0 vs. 14-3-1 Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri 19-4-2 vs. 11-6-0 Luiz Azeredo

Confirmed Participants:
Fedor Emelianenko 26-1-0
Kazuo Misaki 18-8-2
Joachim Hansen 15-6-1
Ricardo Arona (?) 13-5-0

For the rumored participants, I have thrown in Satoru Kitaoka. Why? He was meant to participate in last year`s Pride Middleweight tournament. He was actually the only fighter officially announced. His fight in Cage Force didnt happen last weekend, meaning that he`s fit. Also, the Pancrase director, Sakamoto, has thrown its support behind this event but is yet to contirbute any fighters. My guess is that the fighter they will contribute is Kitaoka.

Possible/rumored Participants:
Aleksander Emelianenko
Roman Zentsov
Mark Hunt
Hong Man Choi
Josh Barnett
Satoru Kitaoka

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