Bibiano Fernandes vs Yoshiro Maeda and Melvin Manhoef vs Denis Kang Confirmed For DREAM 18 / GLORY 4

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Dutch super-slugger Melvin Manhoef takes on former PRIDE star Denis Kang while DREAM champ Bibiano Fernandes locks horns with DEEP kingpin Yoshiro Maeda at the DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 card from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan on New Year's Eve.

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Two more fights got confirmed for the DREAM 18 / GLORY 4 card at the Saitama Super Arena on New Year's Eve with ONE FC fighters Bibiano Fernandes and Melvin Manhoef both handed tough assignments on their return to Japan.

Manhoef is taking on Canadian / Korean UFC and PRIDE veteran Denis Kang while Fernandes, who is the reigning DREAM 135-pound title holder, will be going up against a Japanese opponent in the form of current DEEP bantamweight champion Yoshiro Maeda.

GLORY signed up the ONE FC Network last week and have wasted no time in using that connection to boost the calibre of the MMA section of the card. In total three ONE FC fighters have been confirmed, Manhoef, Fernandes and Phil Baroni, while it is an open secret that Shinya Aoki, another ONE FC fighter, is going to participate.

Baroni will be going up against another veteran in Hayato Sakurai while Aoki's opponent is widely rumoured to be unbeatan American Will Brooks. Other MMA fighters awaiting matchups include Tatsuya Kawajiri, Hiroki Takaya and Satoru Kitaoka.

At present the card looks like this:

DREAM 18 / GLORY 4, Saitama Super Arena, December 31st, 2012

DREAM FIGHTS

Shinya Aoki vs Will Brooks (not confirmed)

Bibiano Fernandes vs Yoshiro Maeda

Melvin Manhoef vs Denis Kang

Phil Baroni vs Hayato Sakurai

Bibiano Fernandes vs Yoshiro Maeda

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs TBA

Hiroyuki Takaya vs TBA

Satoru Kitaoka vs TBA

GLORY Grand Slam Tournament:

Semmy Schilt vs Brice Guidon

Sergei Kharitonov vs Rico Verhoeven

Gokhan Saki vs Raomoru

Anderson "Braddock" Silva vs Igor Jurkovic

Remy Bonjasky vs Filip Verlinden

Errol Zimmerman vs Jamal Ben Saddick

Peter Aerts vs Mourad Bouzidi

Daniel Ghita vs Fabiano Aoki

Stay tuned for more details on this upcoming event as they become available.

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