New Year's Eve is about family, togetherness, irresponsible quantities of alcohol, and crazy-long mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganzas from Japan.
While DREAM has put together a very exciting card filled intriguing scraps between Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee and Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Michihiro Omigawa, among others, the star of the show is undoubtedly the 16-man kickboxing tournament put on by GLORY, featuring pretty much every elite kickboxer in the game save Hesdy Gerges.
Here are the opening round match ups in photo form, while you can zip through the entire collection that includes the MMA bouts above.
Brice Guidon vs. #1 Semmy Schilt
You can't talk about the greatest kickboxers in the game without mentioning the Hightower, a four-time K-1 champion and one of the most dominant figures in combat sports. Schilt will have five inches and a staggering sixty pounds over Guidon, who he defeated this March. Guidon has won fifteen of his last eighteen, beating Gerges as well as fellow competitors Mourad Bouzidi and Filip Verlinden with those losses coming to Sergei Lascenko, Gokhan Saki and S chilt.
Be sure to join MMAmania.com later TONIGHT (Dec. 31, 2012) around 2 a.m. ET for LIVE DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 results coverage, which is expected to run about eight hours in length.