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Friday, March 19, 2010

Controversial Josh Barnett Returns To MMA - DREAM 13 On HDNet Live From Japan

Source - HDNet:

Network's LIVE coverage begins early Monday, March 22 at 3:00 a.m. ET

Download image DALLAS, March 19 -- HDNet will feature exclusive coverage of "HDNet Fights: DREAM 13" early Monday morning, March 22 at 3:00 a.m. ET, LIVE from the Yokohama Arena in Japan.

MMA heavyweight "The Babyface Assassin" Josh Barnett (24-5) returns to the ring for the first time since the cancellation of his fight with Fedor Emelianenko. Barnett makes his DREAM debut against K-1 veteran Siala "Mighty Mo" Siligia. Barnett was widely considered one of the top heavyweights in the world prior to a conflict over a pre-fight drug test mandated by the California State Athletic Commission.

The main event of the evening features DREAM Featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes (7-2) defending his title versus Joachim Hansen (19-8-1). Fernandes is on a six-fight win streak, while Hansen is making is featherweight debut after an epic pair of fights with DREAM Lightweight champion Shinya Aoki.

Also on the card, boxing and MMA sensation KJ Noons (7-2) squares off against Andre "Dida" Almade (6-3-1).

"Only on HDNet will you see the return of Josh Barnett and KJ Noons to MMA action," said Andrew Simon CEO of HDNet Fights. "These two were among the best in their weight classes before their hiatuses – Barnett was a top 5 Heavyweight and KJ was the last guy to stop Nick Diaz! Also, Fernandes v Hansen should be classic."

In other action, the newly belted "Super Hulk" Ikuhisa Minowa (44-30-8) returns to action versus Jimmy Ambriz. Minowa is riding a three-fight win streak, including his most recent victory versus Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.

Plus: Katsunori Kikuno (12-2-2) vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka (16-6), Ryo Chonan (16-10) vs. Andrews Nakahara (2-1), and Cole Escovedo (15-4) brings a four-fight win streak into his fight with WEC and PRIDE veteran Yoshiro Maeda (26-7-2)

The announce team for the event is "The Voice" Michael Schiavello and Frank Trigg.

HDNet's live coverage of "HDNet Fights: DREAM 13" starts early morning Monday, March 22, 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT. HDNet will air an encore presentation of the event on Saturday, March 27 at 11:00 p.m. ET.

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