Glory Sports International has aligned its kickboxing promotion with the revival of the Japanese mixed martial arts promotion Dream, keeping the annual tradition of a kickboxing/MMA New Year’s Eve extravaganza alive at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
It came down to the wire, but the year-end event finally has a home on American television, landing on CBS Sports Network.
The Glory 4 kickboxing portion of the event will air at 10 p.m. ET on Dec. 31 on CBS Sports, while the Dream.18 MMA rules bouts will be broadcast one night later on Jan. 1, also at 10 p.m. ET, and also on CBS Sports.
The Glory 4 portion of the event features a 16-man single elimination tournament format, along with several feature fights.
Former Dream champion Shinya Aoki headlines the mixed martial arts portion of the card, facing UFC veteran Antonio McKee in the Dream.18 main event.
Dream.18 MMA Bouts:
-Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee
-Melvin Manhoef vs. Denis Kang
-Bibiano Fernandes vs. Yoshiro Maeda
-Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Michihiro Omigawa
-Hayato Sakurai vs. Phil Baroni
-Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
-Satoru Kitaoka vs. Will Brooks
-Marloes Coenen vs. Fiona Muxlow
GLORY Grand Slam Tournament:
-Semmy Schilt vs. Brice Guidon
-Sergei Kharitonov vs. Rico Verhoeven
-Gokhan Saki vs. Raomoru
-Anderson “Braddock” Silva vs. Igor Jurkovic
-Remy Bonjasky vs. Filip Verlinden
-Errol Zimmerman vs. Jamal Ben Saddick
-Peter Aerts vs. Mourad Bouzidi
-Daniel Ghita vs. Jhonata Diniz
-Makoto Ebata vs. Sang-Jae Kim
-Matsumoto Toshio vs. Jason Wilnis
-Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Robin van Rosumaren
-Jerome LeBanner vs. Koichi