Recent M-1 free agent superstar acquisition, Fedor Emelianenko (26-1), will compete during the main event at "Yarennoka" against 7'2" K-1 veteran and Korean wanna-be rapper, Hong Man Choi (1-0).
Rumors that the Russian cyborg would return to action against the "Techno Goliath" were recently confirmed as official. And while the match up is pretty much a joke, the rest of the fight card from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, is shaping up to be killer.
Here's a look:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Hong Man Choi
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Hidehiko Hasegawa
Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Azeredo
Shinya Aoki vs. Gesias "JZ" Calvancante
Kazuo Misaki vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama
Ricardo Arona vs. TBA
Aleksander Emelianenko vs. TBA (rumor)
Murilo Bustamante vs. TBA (rumor)
Rest assured that this is a stacked line up of some of the top international talent in mixed martial arts. The lightweight showdowns (Melendez-Ishida, Aoki-Calvancante, etc.) are downright sick.
Too bad the headliner is more circus than competition. But maybe that's the point ... Japanese fight fans are into that kind of thing.
Mark Cuban's HDNet Fights will broadcast "Yarennoka " on its network LIVE at 6 a.m. ET on December 31, 2007. Program those DVRs now .