A lightweight title bout between Shinya Aoki
and Satoru Kitaoka
and a bantamweight reserve bout between Hideo Tokoro
and Yusup Saadulaev
are recent additions to the New Year's Eve "Genki Desu Ka!!" event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan
DREAM last weekend made official that Aoki will be defending his DREAM belt against former teammate Kitaoka in a five-round affair. On Tuesday, Tokoro and Saadulaev, who were both ousted in quarterfinal bouts in September, were given a second chance at returning to the tournament. The reserve winner could potentially enter the finals in the event an injury replacement is needed.
Aoki (29-5), who will be fighting for the fourth time in 2011, is looking to extend his win streak to seven as well as a successful second title defense. Aoki last fought in September, submitting "Razor" Rob McCullough
with a neck crank at DREAM.17. Kitaoka (29-10-9) is a former Sengoku lightweight champion who made his DREAM debut in September, beating Willamy Freire
by split decision.
Tokoro (30-24-1) had a four-fight win streak snapped by Antonio Banuelos
at DREAM.17. Meanwhile, Saadulaev suffered his first career loss in a unanimous decision loss to Rodolfo Marques.
The current "Genki Desu Ka!!" lineup is below.Dream Lightweight Title BoutShinya Aoki
vs. Satoru KitaokaDream Featherweight Title BoutHiroyuki Takaya
vs. Takeshi "Lion" Inoue Dream Bantamweight World GP
Semifinals: Bibiano Fernandes
vs. Rodolfo Marques
Semifinals: Masakazu Imanari
vs. Antonio Banuelos
Finals: Winner of Fernandes-Marques vs. Winner of Imanari-Banuelos
Reserve: Hideo Tokoro
vs. Yusup SaadulaevOther Bouts
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Ryo ChonanTatsuya Kawajiri
vs. Kazuyuki Miyata