Originally, a coin flip was going to determine what combat sport the fight between DREAM lightweight champ Shinya Aoki vs crossdressing K-1 Max Japan Tournament winner Yuichiro Nagashima would start as. Heads, K-1. Tails, MMA. Or whatever is on the different sides of a Japanese coin. But things just got a lot harder for Shinya Aoki. Here’s Daniel Herbertson with the new setup:
The mixed rules bout will consist of one three-minute kickboxing round followed by one five-minute round fought under mixed martial arts rules. After those eight minutes if a winner has not been decided then the bout shall be ruled an automatic draw.
A notable bonus for the awkwardly unorthodox but highly powerful Nagashima is that the kickboxing round will be fought using the DREAM open finger gloves. The term “K-1 rules” has been specifically avoided for this reason although the rest of the K-1 rules including the three knockdown system will come into play.
This is cool because as screwed as Shinya Aoki is by these current conditions, Nagashima would have been even more screwed if it had been MMA first. Basically, Aoki has to survive three minutes of K-1 level kickboxing – possible if he stays defensive and doesn’t try to go toe to toe with his opponent.