by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Dream Stage Entertainment, parent company of Pride Fighting Championships, announced two more match-ups for their highly anticipated Shockwave show on New Year’s Eve.
Current Shooto Middleweight Champion Shinya Aoki will face Pride veteran and former Shooto Welterweight Champion Joachim Hansen. Aoki is coming off a submission victory over late replacement Clay French while Hansen, currently #4 in MMAWeekly’s Lightweight Rankings, last fought at Bushido 10, knocking out Luiz Azeredo with a knee. Also officially announced is a fight between Gilbert Melendez and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Last week, Gilbert Melendez appeared on MMAWeekly’s SoundOff Radio and confirmed his upcoming fight with Kawajiri himself. Kawajiri is currently ranked #3 in the MMAWeekly’s Lightweight Rankings while Gilbert is #10.
Confirmed Shockwave fights so far:
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mark Hunt (Heavyweight Title Match)
Shinya Aoki vs. Joachim Hansen
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Gilbert Melendez