Fedor Emelianenko to fight on Spike TV on New Year’s Eve live from Japan

Fedor Emelianenko is returning to MMA after a three-year absence and now we know where he will be competing. The Last Emperor will fight LIVE on Spike TV on New Year’s Eve from Tokyo, Japan against a soon to be named opponent. Bellator is partnering with former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara to put on the … Read more

Dream ‘Genki Desu Ka!!’ LIVE blog (1 a.m. ET)

After UFC 141 ends, be sure to join us right here at ProMMANow.com for a live blog of Dream Genki Desu Ka! Richard Anderson Mann will follow along with all the MMA, K-1 and professional wrestling action. The show starts at 1:00 a.m. ET and continues until 10:00 a.m.

ProMMANow.com’s guide to Dream’s Genki Desu Ka!!

If you are planning on spending nine-straight hours watching Dream’s New Year’s Eve event on HDNet the night before the big holiday, then you need to check out ProMMANow.com’s guide.

FieLDS presents Fight for Japan on New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, “FieLDS presents FIGHT FOR JAPAN GENKIDESUKA!! OMISOKA!! 2011” will be held at Saitama Super Arena. There will be Mixed Martial Arts rule fights (both male and female), kickboxing rule fights and IGF rule fights in this event. [Event Details] FieLDS presents FIGHT FOR JAPAN GENKIDESUKA!! OMISOKA!! 2011 Date: New Year’s Eve, … Read more

HDNet to broadcast FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009 on December 31

DALLAS (December 28, 2009) – HDNet will feature exclusive coverage of “HDNet Fights Presents: FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009,” from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on Thursday, December 31 at 3:00 a.m. ET. Replays of the event will air on Thursday, December 31 at 8:00 p.m. ET and Friday, January 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm ET.

The combat sports world’s signature event makes its North American television debut on HDNet with 17 fights featuring the brightest stars of DREAM, Sengoku Raiden Championship, K-1, and K-1 MAX.  War has been declared between HDNet’s Japanese MMA Partners – DREAM and Sengoku Raiden Championship.

“One of the greatest annual traditions in mixed martial arts is fights from Japan on New Year’s Eve, and there is a reason Dynamite!! is the most watched MMA event in the world,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “Fight fans have been asking to see this event for years and as ‘Your Home of MMA,’ HDNet will deliver this event for the first time in North America!  You can expect lots of surprises throughout the night in what is guaranteed to be the most unbelievable night in MMA.”

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Despite FEG’s push, still low ratings for Dynamite!!

The popularity of MMA in Japan continues to decline. The sport seemed on top of the world in Japan during the days of PRIDE. Even though there are many similarities between today’s top Japanese MMA organizations and PRIDE, there is something amiss.

This fact was shown no more clearly than it was on what should have been MMA’s biggest night of the year in Japan, the New Year’s Eve Dynamite!! event.

Here is a report on the television ratings for this year’s Dynamite!! card.  Here are the numbers broken down into three parts:

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Mirko “CroCop” Filipovic out for six months

Mirko ‘CroCop’ Flipovic ended 2008 on a relative high note by defeating the Korean ‘Techno Giant,’ Hong Man Choi at the K-1 Dynamite!! New Year’s Eve extravaganza in Saitama, Japan.

‘CroCop’ won the fight with chopping leg kicks; the last collapsing the massive Korean’s leg causing him to fall to the ground.

As many fans saw, Mirko entered the ring with his classic attire of wrestling shoes but also both knees wrapped in braces. The fight itself was short of any major fireworks and we may now know why.

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Josh Neer arrested in Des Moines, Iowa

UFC lightweight, Josh “The Dentist” Neer rang in the new year by celebrating in a Polk County jail cell. Neer was arrested early this morning in Des Moines, Iowa on charges of operating a vehicle while Intoxicated, eluding police, hit and run and other traffic violations.

“The Dentist” was released at 8:26 central time after two separate bonds of $2,000 and $5,000 for OWI and eluding police.

The incident began after Neer allegedly rear ended a car stopped at a red light. The car, after being hit by Neer, struck a police car that had been stopped ahead of it. The Miletich product then drove out into on coming traffic and the chase was on from there.

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve results

The New Year’s Eve DYNAMITE!! event has come and gone in Saitama, Japan. We have posted the fight videos from this event HERE. There were some incredible fights with some big upsets.

Melvin Manhoef knocked out Mark Hunt in the first round with a big right hook. Shinya Aoki submitted Eddie Alvarez by heel hook in round 1 (just as I predicted) to win the WAMMA lightweight title.

Badr Hari received payback for illegally kicking his last opponent in the head after the ref had stopped the action by receiving a first round knockout from Alistair Overeem. Bob Sapp even defeated a cartoon. Here are the full results:

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