Sherdog.com is reporting that a lightweight match up between DREAM 155lbs. champion Shinya Aoki and former MFC 155lbs. champion Antonio McKee has been booked for the upcoming DREAM Fight for Japan fight card.
The match up was announced Sunday by DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara, ending speculation over who Aoki would face next: McKee, Jamie Varner and Willamy Freire.
Noted for his grappling expertise, Shinya Aoki most recently appeared in action opposite fellow loud pants enthusiast Lyle Beerbohm, defeating “Fancy Pants” via first round neck crank. Though the “Tobikan Judan” is technically on a four-fight winning streak since losing in a title bid against Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez last year, he actually lost via knockout to Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima in an exhibition bout prior to facing Beerbohm. Aoki sports an official record of 27-5.
After leaving the Maximum Fighting Championships to join the UFC’s lightweight roster and make a bid for that title, Antonio “Mandingo” McKee lost in his UFC debut via split decision against Jacob Volkmann. Following that loss, McKee was unceremoniously cut from the UFC and let loose to increase his 25-4-2 record elsewhere. Prior to being defeated by Volkmann, McKee had racked up a streak of 14-0-1.
DREAM 17 is expected to take place at the Saitama Super Arena Hall in Saitama, Japan.