Dynamite!! 2009 press conference highlights before fight night

The Dynamite!! 2009 press conference held on Wednesday, Dec. 30 in Tokyo at Shinjuku Station Square drew 8,800 fans.

Many braved the cold weather and congregated in the venue several hours before the presser kicked off. Predictably, the retiring K-1 MAX icon, Masato, and his nemesis, Andy Souwer, became the focal point of the crowd. Masato and Souwer reportedly passed the weigh-in with flying colors on their first attempts.

Elsewhere, Satoshi Ishii, who will make his much-anticipated MMA debut against the fellow judo Olympic gold medalist, Hidehiko Yoshida, was conspicuously absent from the press conference. In fact, he has not shown up for any of the major press conferences for the Dynamite!! 2009.

Others absent from the conference included Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, Michihiro Omigawa, and Mizuto Hirota. Keep in mind that Omigawa and Hirota reportedly have struggled with weight cut but are in no dire strait.

The "DREAM vs SRC" bouts will be contested under three, five-minute rounds with one-minute intervals. Foot stomps and soccer kicks will be prohibited. Judges and referees from DREAM and SRC will be employed and the judges will value the fighters`attempts to finish the fights via knockout or submission.

On another note, Akihiro Gono promised to not only bring back pageantry to his entrance but to up the ante this time around.

The bout order is as follows:

    Opening match: K-1 KOSHIEN 2009 Reserve match: Ryuya Kusakabe vs. Tsukasa Fuji


  1. K-1 KOSHIEN 2009 Semi-Finals: HIROYA vs. Masaaki Hori
  2. K-1 KOSHIEN 2009 Semi-Finals: Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada
  3. Super Hulk Tournament finals: Minowaman vs. Sokoudjou
  4. K-1 (Heavyweights): Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo
  5. K-1 KOSHIEN 2009 Finals
  6. DREAM vs. SRC (Light Heavyweights): Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Izumi
  7. DREAM vs. SRC (Featherweights): Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Michihiro Omigawa
  8. DREAM vs. SRC (Welterweights): Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Akihiro Gono
  9. DREAM vs. SRC (Lightweights): Melvin Manhoef vs. Kazuo Misaki
  10. DREAM vs. SRC (Featherweights): Hideo Tokoro vs. Jong-Man Kim
  11. DREAM vs. SRC (Lightweights): Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota
  12. DREAM vs. SRC (Featherweights): Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto vs. Masanori Kanehara
  13. SRC (Heavyweights): Hidehiko Yoshida vs. Satoshi Ishii
  14. DREAM vs. SRC (Heavyweights): Alistair Overeem vs. Kazuyuki Fujita
  15. DREAM vs. SRC (Lightweights): Shin’ya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota
  16. DREAM (Heavyweights): Gegard Mousasi vs. Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge
  17. Main event (Masato`s farewell match): Andy Souwer vs. Masato
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