The DREAM 18/GLORY 4 card on December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena is just about two weeks away, and some new match-ups were announced, along with a change to one of the Grand Slam match-ups.
First off, Jhonata Diniz will be replacing Fabiano Cyclone against Daniel Ghita in the Grand Slam tournament. It's been rumored for a while now that Cyclone was out, and now it's finally been confirmed via the press conference that was just held in Japan. Diniz fought at GLORY 2 Brussels, where he defeated Sebastian van Thielen by decision. Like Cyclone, he's also Brazillian but trains at Golden Glory in the Netherlands and is very young.
Two new match-ups were also added to the card on the GLORY kickboxing side of things. At 85kg, Toshio Matsumoto will fight Jason Wilnis. Wilnis is 22 years old and fighting out of Holland, where he's fought on It's Showtime a few times, most recently defeating Alex Sandro Pereira by TKO at It's Showtime Brazil on November 10. Matsumoto lately has been fighting at 95kg, but will come down to 85kg for the fight. Matsumoto actually used to be a 70kg fighter around ten years ago, when he was fighting the likes of Kaoklai Kaennorsing at Rajadamnern Stadium and Duane Ludwig in K-1.
The other fight takes place at 53kg, with Mutsuki Ebata fighting Sang-Jae Kim.