by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Dream on Thursday announced two more bouts for the FEG FieLDS Dynamite!! event scheduled for New Year’s Eve. Contested under Dream MMA Rules are a heavyweight bout between Jerome LeBanner and Mark Hunt and a lightweight contest pitting Shinya Aoki against Eddie Alvarez.
The bout between Aoki and Alvarez – previously reported by Sherdog.com – is drawing particular interest from fight fans.
After losing in the Dream Lightweight Grand Prix final to Joachim Hansen, Aoki bounced back at September’s Dream 6 event to defeat Todd Moore. Aoki is currently ranked No. 3 amongst the world’s top lightweights.
Alvarez had earned a birth to the final of the Grand Prix, but was not allowed to continue due to an injury. He is currently on a five-fight winning streak – including victories over Hansen and Tatsuya Kawajiri – and is ranked No. 2 in the world at lightweight.
As long as he emerges healthy from the fight with Aoki, he is expected to fight again less than a month later as Extreme Challenge descends on Atlantic City, N.J. on Jan. 23. No opponent has been named for the Extreme Challenge event, but Alvarez’s opposition should be revealed early next week according to manager Monte Cox.
One of the most decorated kickboxers in the world, LeBanner will be seeing his first action in MMA since defeating Jimmy Ambriz in a K-1 bout in early 2006.
After starting his career with a 5-1 record, Hunt has lost his past three MMA bouts, to Josh Barnett, Fedor Emelianenko, and most recently, Alistair Overeem.