Naturally no Japanese fighting event would be complete without the addition of the occasional freak show.
In a bizarre (but certainly expected) twist, Bob ‘The Beast’ Sapp will take on none other than a character from a Japanese anime show.
The character in question is ‘Kinniku Mantaro’ from the show ‘Ultimate Muscle’. Mantaro is known to start matches off slowly and act a bit of a coward in the TV show until his opponent acts dishonorably (as Sapp does from time to time). Then Mantaro gets his inner strength and hulks up or something along those lines.
Now obviously someone’s going to be behind the mask and costume. That person will be Japanese amateur wrestling prospect Akihito Tanaka, so perhaps some skill will be involved and it won’t be a total squash match.
Sapp relies on his size when fighting and not so much technical prowess but in Tanaka’s case how do you out wrestle someone who weighs 350lbs?
And if that freak show announcement didn’t wet your appetite and you wanted more, then maybe Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic vs. 7' 2" ‘Techno Goliath’ Hong Man-Choi will since it's now officially confirmed by FEG.
Fields Dynamite!! is the New Year’s Eve supershow featuring a smorgasbord of fighters under the umbrella of FEG coming together on one night to try and kick the crap out of each other.
Featuring participants from DREAM, K-1, K-1 MAX and K-1 Koshien, Fields Dynamite!! is going to have a wide variety of fighting styles and compelling match-ups, and could feature as many as 20 fights.
Thus far it appears as though FEG is holding up their end of the bargain.
Here is the scheduled card to date:
MMA RULES :
Heavyweight: Jerome LeBanner (3-1-1) vs. Mark Hunt (5-4)
Heavyweight: Semmy Schilt (25-14-1) vs. Mighty Mo (3-0)
Heavyweight: Alistair Overeem (29-11) vs. Sergei Kharitonov (15-3)**
Heavyweight: Bob Sapp (9-3-1) vs. Kinniku Mantaro (0-0)
Middleweight: Kazushi Sakuraba (24-11-1) vs. Kiyoshi Tamura (32-13-2)
Lightweight: Joachim Hansen (19-7-1) vs. Gesias Cavalcante (14-2-1)
Lightweight: Eddie Alvarez (15-1) vs. Shinya Aoki (18-3)
Lightweight: Hideo Tokoro (21-14-1) vs. Daisuke Nakamura (18-9)
K-1 RULES :
Middleweight: Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) vs. Musashi (49-28-5-1)
Heavyweight: Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic (23-6-2) vs. Hong Man Choi (1-1)
Lightweight: Tatsuya Kawajiri (22-5-2) vs. Kozo Takeda (43-18-7)
Lightweight: Yoshihiro Sato (47-10) vs. Artur Kyshenko (43-5-1, 1NC)
K-1 KOSHIEN RULES:
U-18 Tournament Semifinals: HIROYA (9-1) vs. Shota Shimada (3-0)
U-18 Tournament Semifinals: Ryuya Kusakabe (2-0) vs. Koya Urabe (2-0)
U-18 Tournament Finals: Winner of HIROYA/Shimada vs. Winner of Kusakabe/Urabe
**Bout not confirmed by FEG