I thought this might be an interesting new event for the end of the year. I know it's a little different because one event is on December 24 and the other is December 31, but there are some great fights on the earlier card. I guess you can think of it as a weeklong Japanese MMA combo card.
Now, they may not want to include the VTJ card because people might not check for a new year's event until after Dec 24. However, some of the other New Year's bouts might not be announced until much closer to the date, making it a short notice card. There also may be fewer MMA bouts than a usual New Year's card because there will be several kickboxing bouts.
Vale Tudo Japan 2012 - December 24, 2012
Hideo Tokoro (Dream star) vs Rumina Sato (Shooto legend)
Kuniyoshi Hironaka (20-8-0, UFC/Dream vet) vs Carlo Prater (30-12-1, UFC vet)
Kyoji Horiguchi (8-1-0, prospect) vs Ian Loveland (16-9-0, UFC vet)
Mamoru Yamaguchi (26-6-3, world ranked flyweight) vs Darrell Montague (11-2-0, TPF mainstay, ranked flyweight)
Dream 18 - December 31, 2012
Yoshiro Maeda vs Bibiano Fernandes
Melvin Manhoef vs Denis Kang
Phil Baroni vs Hayato Sakurai
Shinya Aoki vs Will Brooks (7-0-0)
Between Shelter & Budge the L2 is super LEGIT these days