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A Dynamite!!! card on New Year's Eve

Alistair Overeem beat Brett Rogers by first-round TKO

Alistair Overeem beat Brett Rogers by first-round TKO and successfully defended his heavyweight title for the first time at Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery in St. Louis. (May 15, 2010) Credit: Strikeforce / Esther Lin

For those of you with HDNet, enjoy New Year's Eve morning. For those of you without the MMA-heavy channel, sleep in and hope the fights make it to YouTube or elsewhere online.

Dynamite!!! is billed as the world's largest fighting festival, the annual event puts together crazy fight matchups, various fighting styles and rules and grandiose entrances. It takes place at the Saitama Sports Arena in Japan.

It's basically a hodge-podge potpourri of fighting, but cooler-sounding than those words may initially suggest. Here's a quick look at some of the fights on the card

- Shinya Aoki (MMA) vs. Jienotsu Nagashima (K-1), with alternating rounds under MMA and K-1 rules. Crazy, huh? Let's just hope they don't get confused which round is which.

- Alistair Overeem (Strikeforce heavyweight champ, K-1 Grand Prix champ) vs. Todd Duffee (MMA).

- Gegard Mousasi (former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ) vs. Kyotaro (K-1 heavyweight champ) in a K-1 kickboxing match.

- Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Marius Zaromskis for DREAM welterweight title.

- Minowaman vs. Hiroshi Izumi (Judo Olympic medalist)

- Tatsuya Kawajiri (DREAM) vs. Josh Thomson (Strikeforce lightweight contender).

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