Following their blockbuster Dream.9 event early this morning, the popular Japanese MMA organization confirmed that WAMMA lightweight champ Shinya Aoki will defend his belt against Vitor Ribeiro, and Melvin Manhoef will face Paulo Filho in a middleweight clash on their Dream.10 card.
Aoki is coming off a loss to former UFC veteran and Japanese star, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai and Dream.8. However, it should be noted that Aoki stepped up in weight to take on Sakurai in Dream’s Welterweight Grand Prix Tourney, so we was at a significant disadvantage.
The fallen Filho has been relatively quite since his humiliating display at WEC 36. The former WEC middleweight champ came into his title defense against Chael Sonnen obtuse and absent minded. Since that performance, Filho has not been able to secure a new home, however it was believed that he would return to the Orient where he experienced the best years of his fighting career.
The explosive Manhoef was last seen putting heavyweight Mark Hunt to sleep in the 1stRound of their K-1 DYNAMITE!!event to end 2008. Of his 23 wins, all but one was ended in TKO fashion.
The show will be taking place inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan and also host the final rounds of their Welterweight Grand Prix Tournament.
HDNet will be broadcasting the promotion, however it has yet to be announced if the event will be broadcasted live in North America or not. If it is not aired LIVE, there could be a multi-day tape-delay on the High Definition channel.