While the massive year-end collaboration between DREAM, World Victory Road and K-1 is just a little more than a week away, that isn't stopping the promotions from adding a few more bouts.
The organizations announced two additional MMA-rules contests for the Dec. 31 event, as Shinya Aoki meets Mizuto Hirota and Tatsuya Kawajiri faces Kazunori Yokota.
The HDNet-televised event features both MMA and K-1 bouts and takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The current DREAM lightweight champion, Aoki (22-4) enters the contest having won five of his past six bouts. "Tobikan Judan's" lone loss in the stretch came in a welterweight grand prix contest to Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. The 26-year-old is quickly becoming a New Year's Eve staple, as "Dynamite!! 2009" will mark Aoki's fourth-straight Dec. 31 appearance.
Meanwhile, Hirota (12-3-1) fights for the first time since claiming World Victory Road's Sengoku lightweight title with an August TKO win over former champion Satoru Kitaoka. Hirota enters the bout having gone 6-1-1 in his past eight outings.
While the future of World Victory Road has been left in doubt after lingering financial concerns, the matchup between the two title holders was not announced as a unification contest.
Continuing on the "DREAM vs. World Victory Road" theme, Kawajiri (25-5-2) looks to finish 2009 with his fourth-straight win during the calendar year. "Crusher" was long rumored for a potential matchup with Aoki but will take the fight with Yokoto, instead.
Yokota (11-2-3) also looks to finish his 2009 at a perfect 4-0. A longtime DEEP veteran, Yokota has amassed a 5-1 record while fighting under the Sengoku banner, and his lone loss in the promotion came to former champ Kitaoka.
With the official additions to the card, "Dynamite 2009!!" now includes:
Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)
Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (MMA)
Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota (MMA)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota (MMA)
Masanori Kanehara vs. Norofumi "Kid" Yamamoto (MMA)
Akihiro Gono vs. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai (MMA)
Hiroshi Izumi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (MMA)
Marlon Sandro vs. Hideo Tokoro (MMA)
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (MMA)
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Alistair Overeem (MMA)
Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo (K-1)
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA/"Super Hulk" finale)
Hiroya vs. Japan Masaaki Noiri (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)
Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal reserve)