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Hiroyuki Takaya to Challenge Bibiano Fernandes for DREAM Title

K-1 and DREAM promoter FEG announced Friday the first bout for their annual "Dynamite!!" event to be held on New Year's Eve at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. DREAM Featherweight Champion Bibiano Fernandes will defend his strap against Hiroyuki Takaya in a rematch of the 2009 Featherweight GP Final where Fernandes took a narrow split decision.

Due to pay disputes with DREAM, Bibiano Fernandes has been relatively inactive over the past twelve months and has only defended his DREAM belt it once, another split decision against Joachim Hansen.

Three months after his loss in the Featherweight GP Final, Hiroyuki Takaya again suffered defeat by way of a first round knockout to Michihiro Omigawa at Dynamite!! 2009. "The Streetfight Bancho" bounced back in 2010 however to claim two impressive first round knockouts over Chase Beebe and Joachim Hansen and has received a significant promotional push over the last two years.
The Fernades/Takaya rematch has been in the works for some time, much to the disgust of Michihiro Omigawa. The Yoshida Dojo product revealed in an interview with that he feels he deserves the title shot due to his KO over Takaya and wins over fellow top 10 featherweights Sengoku champion Marlon Sandro and Shooto champion Hatsu Hioki. Omigawa has threatened to look to the UFC for fights if he wasn't granted a title shot or at least an interesting fight at Dynamite!!

Dynamite!! 2010 - December 31 at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan

DREAM Featherweight Title Match
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya

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