Japanese MMA has become the proverbial phoenix over the last decade, constantly burning to the ground in financial ruin, only to be brought back to life once again. That’s exactly what has happened with the Dream promotion. It was left for ruin in the spring of 2012, with its fighters spreading out across the region to smaller, more consistent shows such as Deep, Shooto and Pancrase, as well as the upstart ONE FC.

Now, with a new partner in Glory, the promotion will return to action for one of the greatest traditions in the sport, a New Year’s Eve event from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Although the event may lack some of the international superstars that once reigned supreme in the Land of the Rising Sun, the fight card includes many of the biggest names in Japanese MMA.

The promotion’s reigning lightweight champion, Shinya Aoki, will meet UFC veteran Antonio McKee, bantamweight kingpin Bibiano Fernandes will meet well-traveled WEC vet Yoshiro Maeda and featherweight title holder Hiroyuki Takaya will fight for the first time since last New Year’s Eve when he takes on Georgi Karakhanyan.

The card coincides with a 16-man heavyweight kickboxing tournament under the Glory World Series banner. The event takes place at 2 a.m. ET on New Year’s Eve. As of now, there are no North American broadcast plans announced, although the kickboxing portion of the event is available through Glory’s website for a fee of $20.

The MMA Corner’s Rob Tatum, Bryan Henderson and Riley Kontek break down each of the seven MMA bouts on the card and give their predictions for all of the action.

FW: Tatsuya Kawajiri (31-7-2) vs. Michihiro Omigawa (13-12-1)

Henderson: With all the hype surrounding his Dream counterparts Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki (and even as far back as his fellow Pride lightweights Gilbert Melendez and Takanori Gomi), the forgotten man among top lightweights of the past five or so years has to be Tatsuya Kawajiri. I’m going to go as far as calling him the Rodney Dangerfield of the MMA world. In other words, this guy gets no respect.

Kawajiri (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

Those four fighters I mentioned in relation to Kawajiri are the only four to defeat him over the past decade. Melendez did it twice, whereas the others each accomplished the task once. Since his move to featherweight, he has notched three wins, all against quality opposition, and has suffered zero defeats. Yet he’s often ranked below the likes of Dustin Poirier and even Hatsu Hioki, neither of whom has shown the same consistency in their careers.

Kawajiri draws UFC and Dream vet Michihiro Omigawa for this latest installment in the Japanese tradition of New Year’s Eve shows. Omigawa spent the early portion of his career at lightweight, but he had difficulty finding much success until he shifted to featherweight. He had a good run there until he hit a wall in the UFC, where he earned just one win in five outings.

A trip back to Japan would seem like a cure to what’s ailing Omigawa’s career, but Kawajiri makes for an imposing welcoming committee. If Omigawa couldn’t overcome the likes of Darren Elkins, Iuri Alcantara and Manny Gamburyan, I don’t see him overcoming the wrestling and ground-and-pound attack of Kawajiri.

Omigawa went the distance in all five of his fights in his most recent UFC stint. However, Kawajiri will end that streak by putting Omigawa on his back and delivering a barrage of punches until the referee intervenes.

Kontek: Omigawa is fresh off his second UFC run, but that does not mean he is superior to Kawajiri in any way. In fact, Kawajiri is arguably a top-10 featherweight in the world and should be in the UFC with his talent.

Although Omigawa was never finished in the Octagon, Kawajiri represents a different kind of animal than anything Omigawa saw in his UFC stint. Omigawa’s judo background will help him stay off his back for a while, but “The Crusher” is persistent and may be able to ground Omigawa.

Kawajiri is 4-0 since his loss to Gilbert Melendez in Strikeforce over a year ago. He has knocked off notables Drew Fickett, Joachim Hansen and Donald Sanchez in that time, all by way of finishes.

Omigawa (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

When it is all said and done, Kawajiri’s aggression and power will overcome Omigawa. If Omigawa could not fight off mid-level talent in the UFC, he will not be able to stop Kawajiri. I think Kawajiri will win by late knockout or decision.

Tatum: Bryan nailed my feelings about Kawajiri. He’s a top-10 talent at 145 pounds and yet his name is rarely—if ever—mentioned in discussion of the world’s best featherweights. To some extent, that’s understandable given that he practices his trade in the Land of the Rising Sun. That might not change much after this fight, especially since his opponent fared so poorly in his second UFC stint.

Omigawa has an experience disadvantage and has actually faced the easier competition. Had it not been for some gift decisions in his pre-UFC past, he may not have been invited back for his last five-fight tenure. Yet, at the same time, don’t discount Omigawa’s toughness. Yes, he has 12 career defeats, but 10 of those are by decision—including the four recent losses in the UFC. Aside from his early-career stoppage losses to the UFC’s Aaron Riley and Brazilian wrecking machine Gesias Cavalcante, the Japanese fighter has shown great durability in his career.

Kawajiri, meanwhile, has been on an absolute tear since dropping weight classes. As both my colleagues pointed out, he’s simply ran through everyone put in front of him thus far at 145 pounds. Don’t expect things to go quite as easy against the hard-nosed Omigawa, but it would be a major upset if Kawajiri were to falter in this bout.

I’ll echo my fellow panelists in taking Kawajiri, but it will come via the judges’ scorecards.

FW: Georgi Karakhanyan (19-3-1) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (17-9-1)

Kontek: In one of the most intriguing match-ups of the night, a top Japanese featherweight in Hiroyuki Takaya will meet Georgi Karakhanyan in a battle of striker versus grappler.

Karakhanyan (Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog)

Takaya is known for his knockout power and fun brawls in the cage. A list of the victims defeated at the hands of “Streetfight Bancho” includes Chase Beebe, Joachim Hansen and Hideo Tokoro, all by knockout. He even owns a decision win over top bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes.

Karakhanyan is better known for his submission prowess. Currently on a five-fight winning streak, the Armenian-American owns wins over Isaac de Jesus, Anthony Leone and, most recently, Micah Miller. More than half of his wins have come via tapout, which could be an intriguing challenge to Takaya, who despite his striking skill, has only been submitted once.

When this fight goes down, I expect an entertaining fight to take place. Takaya will be looking to land a bomb, while Karakhanyan will be looking to drag the fight to the mat. In the end, I think Takaya keeps the fight upright and earns a close decision.

Tatum: I’ll agree with Riley on the intrigue of this match-up. It’s a great fight on paper.

Takaya, even at 35 years of age, is still one of the most dangerous Japanese fighters on the planet. While his overseas experience has been lackluster (Two losses in the WEC and a controversial split decision in Strikeforce), it has been three years since he has tasted defeat on his home soil. His patient striking attack can be frustrating to fans and foes, but it’s hard to argue with its effectiveness.

The former soccer player Karakhanyan has tasted defeat just twice in his last 17 bouts, and those came at the hands of former Bellator champion Joe Warren and current Bellator No. 1 contender Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. That’s nothing to be ashamed of. However, what should concern the Armenian-American is the fact that he’s fighting in his opponent’s home country. While Karakhanyan will likely make it to the scorecards, it’s unlikely he’ll do enough to convince the judges of victory.

Takaya (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

I’ll echo Riley’s prediction and pick Takaya by decision.

Henderson: The two times that Karakhanyan has taken a significant step up in competition, he has lost. Against Freire, he suffered a TKO. Against Warren, the loss came on the judges’ scorecards. To list his significant wins, as Riley did, is to illustrate just where Karakhanyan sits in regards to the top reaches of the featherweight division.

Takaya, despite more losses, is actually higher up that featherweight ladder than his adversary. The Japanese fighter has spent years facing top names, and that explains his failure to maintain an extended winning streak. But the losses on his record are telling. Takaya, a noted striker, tends to lose to other strikers. He lost to Cub Swanson on the scorecards well before Swanson resurrected his career. He fell to Michihiro Omigawa by way of a TKO and was knocked out by Leonard Garcia. His lone submission loss came back in 2005, and he’s managed to last the distance twice against an elite grappler in Bibiano Fernandes.

Takaya has demonstrated his ability to avoid danger on the mat. Karakhanyan will more likely have to test his own striking against that of the “Streetfight Bancho.” That’s another area where he won’t succeed, unless he happens to land a lucky punch. Takaya should outpoint his opponent and, as my colleagues suggested, earn the decision win.

WW: Phil Baroni (15-15) vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (36-12-2)

Tatum: For all the fights on this card that feature exciting match-ups, this one leaves a lot to be desired. Since June of 2009, these two well-traveled veterans have a combined three wins and nine defeats. There’s a strong possibility that one of these fighters will hang up the gloves when this fight concludes.

Baroni (Martin Hooson/Sherdog)

To say that Phil Baroni is on the downside of his career would be an understatement. The 36-year-old was never the most accomplished fighter and the former bodybuilder’s gas tank has always been questionable. If his opponents can weather his early storm without going unconscious, they can exploit his poor conditioning and put him away. His last two outings are perfect examples: Chris Holland scored a second-round TKO over the veteran, while Rodrigo Ribeiro succumbed to a vicious soccer-kick stoppage in only a minute.

Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, meanwhile, is a legend in Japan. Although his lone UFC appearance against Matt Hughes went poorly, he’s had success in Shooto, Pride, Deep and Dream with a well-rounded skill set. However, like his opponent, he’s nearing the end of a lengthy career. He snapped a four-fight losing streak against Ryo Chonan in his last outing, and another win over Baroni would be a great way for him to go out.

So long as Sakurai employs the proper blueprint against Baroni, this is his fight to lose. Baroni will head hunt early before falling victim to Sakurai’s grinding top game. Sakurai cruises to a decision win.

Henderson: It’s really surprising that Baroni has gone to as many decisions as he has in the recent past. Memories of him inside the cage with Frank Shamrock and Joey Villasenor in 2007 and 2008 respectively make it difficult to imagine anything other than an exhausted Baroni, too tired to continue, fading in epic fashion within the first two frames. So, although my first impulse was to argue against this fight making it the full fifteen minutes, I’m beginning to rethink that theory (but not too seriously).

The one thing I’m not willing to do is to suggest that Baroni emerges with the win if this fight passes the two-minute mark of the opening stanza. Rob is exactly right in suggesting that the key to beating “The New York Bad Ass” is to weather the early storm. If Baroni doesn’t get that knockout right out of the gates, he’s done.

Sakurai hasn’t exactly been stellar in recent years either, but he’s been competing against the likes of Nick Diaz and Marius Zaromskis, which accounts for some of his misfortune. The loss to Zaromskis does suggest that Sakurai might be prone to Baroni’s early onslaught, but that defeat came at the height of Zarmoskis’ career, when he was kicking everyone’s head right off their shoulders, so we’ll overlook that.

Sakurai (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

I agree with Rob in that the path to victory for Sakurai in this fight is to employ a smart game plan. As long as he doesn’t let Baroni drag him into a slugfest, “Mach” should take this fight. The Japanese star will keep his hands up and defend against Baroni’s assault. Then, once Baroni’s hands drop to his waist, Sakurai will unleash a striking attack of his own. Baroni, in typical fashion, will be too exhausted to put up much of a fight and Sakurai will earn the TKO victory.

Kontek: Rob and Bryan outlined the fight perfectly. Baroni starts off like a maniac in his fights, which Sakurai will need to weather or he will be out cold.

Other than that, Baroni’s gas tank is questionable. As with some fighters that have million-dollar bodies, they tend to tire quickly because their muscles get tired from lactic acid build-up. That tends to be the case with Baroni.

Baroni can earn a quick knockout, especially because Sakurai likes to entertain the fans as well. If Sakurai comes with some sort of game plan that extends the fight, he will have Baroni right where he wants him.

Expect the Japanese legend to do that. Baroni will come out like the Tazmanian Devil, with Sakurai avoiding big shots left and right. Once Baroni starts breathing heavily, Sakurai will jump on him like a pitbull on a pork chop. He will then ground “The New York Bad Ass” and earn a referee stoppage from strikes.

LW: Will Brooks (7-0) vs. Satoru Kitaoka (30-11-9)

Kontek: Satoru Kitaoka may be one of the most underrated lightweights in MMA today. The Japanese star is like Shinya Aoki without all the stardom and publicity.

Brooks (Keith Mills/Sherdog)

However, he faces a tough, undefeated opponent in Will Brooks. Brooks is a veteran of the Midwest regional circuit in the United States, defeating such notables as TUF veteran Drew Dober and Taurean Bogguess. He is a solid submission fighter as well, which could lead to an interesting grappling match with Kitaoka.

Kitaoka will definitely be the better submission artist. He is flashier and has faced tougher opposition in his career. If you haven’t seen his bout against Aoki, you won’t understand how good Kitaoka is or can be in the future.

In the end, Brooks will be in way over his head on the ground with Kitaoka. I expect this ground battle to end by submission in the Japanese fighter’s favor, possibly by a leglock.

Henderson: Fifty fights versus seven. Twelve years as a professional versus two. An extensively accomplished and trained veteran versus a rookie who has only scraped the surface in his training in mixed martial arts. That’s what I see when I look at this pairing.

Brooks has put together an impressive streak for someone on his way up the ranks. But the 26-year-old is out of his league in this fight. He’s a former college football player and didn’t start seriously training in mixed martial arts until 2009. He’s a submission specialist, but he has also earned some wins via TKO. He’s an athlete first and foremost, not a BJJ black belt or a wrestler.

Kitaoka (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

His task is to overcome a fighter that holds black belts in both BJJ and judo. Kitaoka uses his strength to drag opponents to the canvas, where he works for submissions. His combination of judo, jiu-jitsu and wrestling allowed him to hang with the likes of Aoki and defeat such notable names as Takanori Gomi and Willamy Freire.

Brooks is playing the role of a prospect with a lot of unknowns. We don’t yet know how he will handle a fighter with Kitaoka’s abilities, but it’s fair to say that he’ll be overwhelmed to at least some degree.

I have to agree with Riley’s assessment that Brooks will be in over his head on the ground against Kitaoka, but I also see Brooks having a difficult time against Kitaoka’s takedowns. This fight will head to the ground in a hurry, and Brooks will find himself tapping before he has a chance to mount any offense.

Tatum: Riley and Bryan are stating the blatantly obvious, so there’s not much use in beating a dead horse. Brooks has a bright future in the sport, but this fight is simply too soon against a much more experienced and accomplished fighter. Kitaoka will embarrass Brooks with a first-round rear-naked choke.

LW: Shinya Aoki (31-6) vs. Antonio McKee (28-4-2)

Henderson: Shinya Aoki may be a one-dimensional fighter, but he’s one of the best one-dimensional fighters in the world. With only rudimentary striking to accompany a lethal grappling game, Aoki is a fighter that doesn’t leave opponents guessing about his strategy. He’s there to take his rival down and force him to tap (or snap his bones in half, if the tap doesn’t come quick enough).

Aoki (Esther Lin/Strikeforce)

You would think such a strategy wouldn’t get a fighter very far in this day and age, but Aoki has handed losses to fighters as accomplished (and better-rounded) as Tatsuya Kawajiri and Eddie Alvarez. It has earned him a stable spot among the top lightweights in the world, and only Alvarez and Gilbert Melendez have solved the riddle in the last three years.

The blueprint to defeating Aoki was established by Melendez in their April 2010 meeting under the Strikeforce banner. Melendez took Aoki down and grinded out the decision, refusing to commit to anything beyond a light ground-and-pound attack that allowed him to back out of Aoki’s guard at the first sign of danger. If there’s a fighter who can replicate that performance, it could very well be Antonio McKee.

McKee has a wrestling pedigree that has led him to success throughout his career. He is one of the more underappreciated fighters in the sport. He has only lost twice in the past decade—a 2003 defeat versus Karo Parisyan and a split decision loss in his 2011 UFC debut (resulting in his release from the promotion). He has only lost by way of submission once, and that was more than 11 years ago.

McKee is one of those fighters that might not be exciting but is very effective. He won’t go out there looking to entertain the crowd. Instead, he’ll simply be seeking the win. The problem will come in how he launches his offensive. If he attempts to win this fight via lay-and-pray, Aoki’s submission attempts from the bottom might be enough to earn him the split verdict over McKee on the judges’ scorecards.

There’s no doubt that McKee will be extremely cautious in this fight. In fact, that cautious approach might cost him. McKee will avoid the submissions, but he won’t mount enough offense to win the fight. Aoki will earn the decision in a slow tactical battle.

Tatum: If you’re a fan of tactical grappling, this is the fight for you. Instead of feeding Aoki an overmatched striker with questionable submission defense like they have done so many times in the past, Dream is opting to put him against a human blanket in McKee.

As Bryan laid out, this fight is likely to see the scorecards. McKee is not known as a finisher, but has the experience and strong base to avoid getting caught in something stupid. I also agree that he has a chance for a major upset if he can employ the same strategy as Melendez, but the difference is where this fight takes place. In the United States, wrestlers are rewarded on the scorecards for scoring takedowns and maintaining top control. But in Japan, unless McKee is active and hurts Aoki with his strikes, he’s not going to rack up any points.

McKee (Sherdog)

Aoki’s guard is a puzzle that few have been able to solve. His awkward—and yet vicious—submission attack is difficult for even the most decorated submission fighters. He’s going to end up on his back frequently in this fight, but his active guard will be the deciding factor as he takes home a decision win over McKee.

Kontek: My colleagues have summed up both McKee and Aoki well. McKee is a grinder with a smothering top game. Aoki is a flashy grappler with some of the best submissions in the world.

Aoki usually fights guys that he matches up well against, something Japanese stars get accustomed to on home soil. Here, he combats a guy that can match his knowledge on the ground. The difference is that McKee can wrestle quite well and Aoki’s takedowns will be tough to utilize on a guy of his caliber.

I have a feeling McKee can keep the fight standing, but his striking is nothing to write home about. Then again, Aoki is not a striker by trade either, which would make for an interesting stand-up fight.

Seeing how I love going against the grain and I think Aoki is overrated, I think McKee will take this fight by a decision. It won’t be a fight that is remembered for years to come, nor will people even try to recall it 24 hours from its conclusion, but a win’s a win for McKee. One has to think his goal is to get back to the UFC, and maybe this win will do it for him.

BW: Bibiano Fernandes (12-3) vs. Yoshiro Maeda (30-11-4)

Tatum: International bragging rights are in order when Dream’s bantamweight champion, Bibiano Fernandes, locks horns with the veteran Yoshiro Maeda.

Fernandes (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

In one of the most disappointing things to happen in 2012, the Brazilian Fernandes declined to sign with the UFC after Dream’s initial demise. The lightning-fast fighter is one of the truly elite 135-pound competitors on the planet, and it would have been great for the MMA world to see him test his skills at the highest level. Instead, he’ll meet an overmatched Maeda in a fight where Fernandes should be able to put his high-level grappling to use.

Maeda’s been around the block quite a few times. The Pancrase and Deep veteran worked his way to the WEC in 2008 only to become one of the many Japanese fighters to struggle in the United States. Since then, he’s battled inconsistency in his home country—failing to string together more than two wins in a row. He’ll go for a third straight against Fernandes, but he’ll need to utilize his footwork to keep the Brazilian on the outside and keep the fight standing.

Although Maeda is the more accomplished striker, he’s not going to keep Fernandes at distance for a full three rounds. Fernandes will soften him up with leg kicks before securing a takedown and scoring a second-round rear-naked choke victory.

Kontek: Fernandes is well-rounded, but his grappling is his pride and joy. He has never been submitted himself, but has one-third of his wins having come via tapout. He has defeated a who’s who of lighter weight fighters, including Gustavo Falciroli, Antonio Banuelos, Rodolfo Marques, Joachim Hansen and Joe Warren. That is an impressive resume for a guy not with the UFC (where he rightfully should be).

As for Maeda, the longtime veteran is also well-rounded, but has seen trouble in his striking defense (Six losses via knockout). His opposition has been on the level of Fernandes, but when it has come to succeeding against that talent, he has not fared as well. He did have a stint in the WEC, but he was a disappointing 1-2.

Maeda (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

In the end, Fernandes will be too much for Maeda to handle. This fight will sort of be like the old guard versus the new guard. I don’t know if Fernandes will finish Maeda, but if he does, I agree with Rob that it will be by rear-naked choke.

Henderson: Anytime I’m talking about Fernandes, I tend to refer back to his nickname, “Flash.” He is one fast fighter, especially when it comes to transitioning from one position to the next. His pure speed shines through in fights like his Dream.11 bout with Joe Warren and his Dream.17 contest with Takafumi Otsuka. Even his strikes can turn lethal in no time—just ask Antonio Banuelos about that.

Maeda is a scrappy veteran. He pushed Miguel Torres (at the height of Torres’ WEC title run) a full three rounds before a doctor’s stoppage halted the fight. He finished Otsuka to capture Deep’s bantamweight crown recently, and his current winning streak includes that title-clinching victory as well as a defense of the crown. He’s a warrior who can battle on the feet, though he has shown that his chin isn’t perfect.

One thing that stands out on Maeda’s record is his loss to Rani Yahya. Yahya, like Fernandes, is an elite grappler. Unlike Fernandes, Yahya does not have much to speak of in the striking department, and had even less of a striking arsenal at the time of their 2008 meeting than he now possesses. If Maeda couldn’t even last a full round with a high-level submission specialist with rudimentary striking, what does that say about his chances versus an even faster grappler that can also throw a few punches?

Nothing good, that’s what. Fernandes should live up to his nickname in this contest. He’ll get Maeda down as quickly as possible and immediately transition to Maeda’s back. Yes, that’s right, I’m also predicting a rear-naked choke finish to this one.

MW: Denis Kang (35-15-2) vs. Melvin Manhoef (26-9-1)

Henderson: There was a time when this fight would have had major implications on the top-10 rankings in the middleweight division. That’s just a distant memory, however. Now, the only thing that makes this fight interesting is the potential for a highlight-reel finish that leaves one of these fighters plummeting even further down the hole towards irrelevance.

Manhoef (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

Denis Kang’s best days were spent in Pride, where he advanced to the finals of the 2006 welterweight grand prix. Since Pride’s demise, the BJJ black belt has struggled to find consistency. He has demonstrated an ability to use his grappling skills and his knockout power to win fights, but he has also succumbed to five knockout losses and eight submission defeats.

Melvin Manhoef hasn’t had quite the ups and downs to his career that Kang experienced. Instead, he won with regularity through his first 27 fights, then hit a wall where he went 2-5 with one no-contest. He has since recovered with consecutive wins in his two most recent outings.

Manhoef’s biggest weakness—his aggressiveness—is also his greatest strength. Despite an extreme size disadvantage, he once knocked out Mark Hunt in a heavyweight bout. He has the ability to storm his opponents and overwhelm them with powerful strikes, regardless of the opponent’s size or even their own striking resume. But his power also lands him in bad spots where opponents have been able to take him down or find a home for their own counterpunches when Manhoef is too busy headhunting rather than protecting his own chin.

Kang has the skill and the power in his fists to counter Manhoef and render him unconscious, but he’d be better off getting Manhoef to the mat and securing a submission. After all, Manhoef is nearly defenseless in a grappling battle. If this was the Pride-era Kang, I’d say that’d be no problem. But the Kang who went 1-2 in the UFC, had a recent losing streak where his most significant opponent was Jesse Taylor and suffered back-to-back TKO losses to fighters who don’t have nearly the reputation of Manhoef when it comes to knockout ability? That Kang is likely nothing more than target practice for Manhoef’s fists. Manhoef scores the knockout in this one.

Kontek: Kang was once one of the best middleweight up-and-comers in MMA. He looked as if he would make a career in the UFC as one of the toughest at 185.

Kang (Greg Samborski/Sherdog)

At present day, Kang is three years removed from his short stint with the UFC and grasping to stay relevant. Since his release, Kang has struggled, going 3-3-1 against lower-level competition. He is well-rounded as a fighter, but he is not quite living up to the potential that promised us a top-level 185er.

As for Manhoef? He is easily the most powerful striker and entertaining banger in MMA. His leg kicks take a toll quickly, so getting him off his feet is a priority. Manhoef has one-strike knockout capabilities, which threatens any man’s consciousness that stands toe-to-toe with him.

This is Manhoef’s fight to lose. Kang will want to get this fight to the ground immediately, but he needs to get inside of the KO power of Manhoef first. If and when Kang does that, Manhoef will destroy him with something wicked. There is no doubt in my mind that Manhoef adds another KO to his highlight reel.

Tatum: The only thought running through my mind on this fight is that this won’t be pretty. If this fight took place five years ago, I’d have given Kang a chance, but with the current state of his career, he’s simply target practice. Manhoef is the epitome of the metaphor “hits like a truck” and unfortunately for Kang, he’s going to learn that the hard way.

Both of my cohorts are dead on with their predictions, as this fights ends in less than two minutes with Kang’s unconscious body firmly planted on the canvas due to a right hook from Manhoef.

Top Photo: Shinya Aoki (Taro Irei/Sherdog)

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