A female mixed martial arts bout has been added to DREAMs year end event in the form of Megumi Fujii vs. Karla Benitez.
DREAM officials announced the bout this morning.
“DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year 2011.” is set to take place on Dec. 31 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The card is set to air live on HDNet to the U.S. audience.
Fujii is one of MMA’s top female athletes. After opening her career win an impressive 22-fight unbeaten streak, the Japanese stand-out took to Bellator in an attempt to earn the promotions 115-pound title. In what was widely considered a controversial decision she eventually lost to current champion, Zoila Gurgel. Since the defeat she has racked up two additional victories.
Benitez is a Muay Thai based striker who was last seen in her first professional loss against Katja Kankaanpaa. The defeat snapped a six-fight unbeaten streak.
The latest “DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year 2011.” card now includes:
• Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka
• Karla Benitez vs. Megumi Fujii*
• Fedor Emelianenko vs. TBA*
• Rodolfo Marques Diniz vs. Bibiano Fernandes (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal)
• Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari (bantamweight grand-prix semifinal)
• Yusup Saadulaev vs. Hideo Tokoro (bantamweight grand-prix reserve bout)
• Ryo Chonan vs. Hayato Sakurai
• Champ Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue (for featherweight title)
• Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata