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DREAM's return now has a new pair of high-profile fights set for New Year's Eve in Japan.

Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) and Yoshiro Maeda (30-11-2) will meet in a bantamweight bout, while Denis Kang (35-15-2) takes on Melvin Manhoef (26-9-1) at middleweight. DREAM officials recently announced the two fight bookings.

A combined show with the GLORY kickboxing promotion, "DREAM.18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year's Eve Special" takes place at 4 p.m. (2 a.m. ET) near Tokyo on New Year's Eve. The combined event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, which is where the DREAM.18 show was to be held before the merger of the two events.

Fernandes returns after a summer flirtation with the UFC that ended with him not coming to terms with the promotion, despite being announced for a fight with Roland Delorme at UFC 149. Instead, the former DREAM featherweight and bantamweight champ and current bantamweight champ signed with ONE FC and beat Gustavo Falciroli in August.

Fernandes has won four straight fights and has not lost since a unanimous decision setback against Hiroyuki Takaya on New Year's Eve two years ago.

Maeda, a WEC and PRIDE veteran, has won back-to-back fights with second-round rear-naked chokes. In February, he won DEEP's bantamweight title, then defended it in August against Tatsumitsu Wada.

Kang, a three-fight UFC vet, snapped a three-fight skid in June when he stopped Hae Suk Son with a first-round knockout in South Korea. That was his first victory since April 2011.

Manhoef, a standout kick boxer and Strikeforce vet, won his second straight fight in October when he knocked out Ryo Kawamura at "ONE FC: Rise of Kings." Before that, he took a split decision from Jae Young Kim in September to win for the first time after a four-fight winless streak that included a pair of Strikeforce losses to Robbie Lawler and Tim Kennedy.

 

http://mmajunkie.com/news/2012/12/bibiano-fernandes-yoshiro-maeda-denis-kang-melvin-manhoef-set-for-dream-18
 

12/6/12 11:52 AM
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I'm afraid that if Kang doesn't get this fight to the ground he's gonna get killed.
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Manhoef is goin to maul Kang. Phone Post
12/6/12 2:57 PM
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Soooo is this even gunna be aired on tv in the states? Or are we gunna have to flood axs tv with hate mail again to get them to air it last minute? Phone Post
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MANHOEF!!!

12/7/12 11:44 AM
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Just read Shinya Aoki vs Antonio McKee also added

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definitly a tough fight for him but i'll beet rooting for Kang

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