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Rising Sun Roundup: Sakuraba and Zaromskis Added, Filho Off DREAM 12; Tim Sylvia Likely to Fight at Dynamite!! 2009, and More

  • Marius ZaromskisDREAM recently announced additions and changes to the fight card for its October 25 DREAM 12 event, including Kazushi Sakuraba replacing Melvin Manhoef against Zelg Galesic and welterweight champ Marius Zaromskis’ return to action in a non-title bout against Myeon Ho Bae. Paulo Filho is off the card after failing to arrive in Japan for his fight with Dong Sik Yoon due to visa issues, and will be replaced by Tarec Saffedine. Check out the latest DREAM 12 lineup in the MMA rumors section.
  • Rumina Sato, originally scheduled to fight Joe Warren at Vale Tudo Japan, will instead fight Warren’s Team Quest training partner Corey “Savage” Gran at the October 30 event after Warren was forced to withdraw after suffering a knee injury while training.
  • World Victory Road announced additions to its November 11 Sengoku 11th Battle card on Wednesday, confirming Akihiro Gono vs. Yoon Young Kim and Hirokazu “Bull” Konno vs. Tomoaki Ueyama for the HDNet-televised event, which takes place at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. For the latest Sengoku 11 fight card check out the MMA rumors section.
  • World Victory Road also announced several participants for their New Years Eve show, which will go head to head with FEG’s Dynamite!! 2009. The event and will feature the new name of Sengoku Raiden Championships, replacing Sengoku, but continuing their existing number system, making the event Sengoku Raiden Championships. So far the only confirmed match-up is Satoshi Ishii making his MMA debut against Hidehiko Yoshida. Other participants that have been announced are Mizuto Hirota, Masanori Kanehara, Satoru Kitaoka, Hatsu Hioki, Michihiro Omigawa, Kazunori Yokota, Eiji Mitsuoka, Makoto Takimoto, Hiroshi Izumi and Kazuhiro Nakamura.
  • Former UFC heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia will return to action on New Year’s Eve at DREAM/K-1 Dynamite!! 2009 in Saitama, Japan, likely fighting Alistair Overeem or Hong Man Choi at the December 31 event, according to Sylvia’s manager Monte Cox, who confirmed the bout with MMA Fanhouse on Wednesday.

Pictured: Marius Zaromskis

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