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Author Topic: "JZ" Calvancante vs. Shinya Aoki on NYE  (Read 813 times)
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« on: November 28, 2007, 06:41:51 PM »

Organizers for the Yarennoka! event in Japan have announced the first pairings for the Dec. 31 event at Saitama Super Arena.

With Fight Entertainment Group’s Sadaharu Tanigawa, DEEP president Shigeru Saeki M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox, and former Pride executive Nobuhiko Takada in attendance, it was revealed that Gesias “JZ” Calvancante would face Shinya Aoki at the event. Also announced was a bout between Hidehiko Hasegawa and Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.

Calvancante is the two-time winner of K-1 Hero’s 154-pound Grand Prix Tournament. He is currently ranked as the No. 6 lightweight in the world by MMAWeekly.com. Holding a 14-1-1 professional record, Calvancante has not lost in more than three years.

Currently the No. 5 ranked lightweight in the world, Aoki is on an eight-fight winning streak, but hasn’t fought since Pride’s farewell event in April of this year.

Hasegawa is the current DEEP welterweight champion despite a precarious 2-1-2 record over the past year.

Although the Ultimate Fighting Championship had been pursuing Sakurai earlier this year, a rumored bout with Diego Sanchez never materialized. Amassing a 7-1 record over his past eight bouts – the lone loss to No. 1 ranked lightweight Takanori Gomi – Sakurai hasn’t fought since defeating current “Ultimate Fighter” contender Mac Danzig at a Pride event in February.

Currently ranked No. 2 in the world at lightweight, Sakurai is likely to face Hasegawa in a welterweight showdown though promoters have not yet disclosed that information.

Also confirmed for Yarennoka! is the participation of M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko, though no opponent has been named.


This is a collision of two of the best 155-160lbs fighters in the world (i'd say top ten), They are both pretty sick on the ground, but, I'd give the stand up advantage to "JZ".
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2007, 02:29:59 AM »

I think JZ is the top lightweight in the world right now.  I'd like to see him in there with guys like Gomi and Penn.  UFC needs JZ IMO.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2007, 02:12:20 PM »

This fight and Rani versus Kid are making me very excited. 
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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007, 03:52:23 PM »

This fight and Rani versus Kid are making me very excited. 

Rani Yahya?  If so, How did that come about, and at what weight is the fight 145 or 155?
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« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2007, 03:55:24 PM »

Nevermind, I stumbled across the answer to my own question, yet another bad ass, NON-UFC fight.
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« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2007, 04:48:11 PM »

Nevermind, I stumbled across the answer to my own question, yet another bad ass, NON-UFC fight.

Could go either way.  Rani is top of the food chain BJJ, but Kid is a fricken animal with great TD defense, good striking with a little extra something regarding savagery. 
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2007, 05:12:25 AM »

Gilbert Melendez vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida just became official for this card as well, so far they are 3 for 3.
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