Sapp returns on New Year's Eve
K-1 on Monday announced that
Adding him to the Fields Dynamite!! New Year's Eve event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Sapp will face
Sapp last fought in Japan -- also for K-1 -- on New Year's Eve 2007. He was successful then, defeating
Sapp was marketed heavily in Japan early in his career by Pride in MMA and K-1 in kickboxing. He hasn't had as much popularity in his recent career, but his return to K-1 in mid-2007 marked the end of a year-and-a-half period of inactivity for Sapp after he and the promotion had a falling out over contractual issues.
Tanaka is a seven-time All Japan Wrestling champion. The bout with Sapp is being sponsored by the creators of the Japanese anime that features Kinniku Mantaro, and Tanaka will actually wear a mask of the character when he fights.