Former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe will take on former title challenger Yoshiro Maeda at DREAM.12 on Oct. 25 in Osaka, Japan.
Beebe (12-4) and Maeda (24-7-2) are both struggling as of late after being thrown off the WEC title field by Miguel Torres. Beebe has lost three in a row beginning with his title loss to Torres at WEC 32 and Maeda has dropped three of four since his title challenge loss to Torres at WEC 34.
Beebe left the WEC after a split decision loss to Will Ribeiro in June 2008 and this March debuted for DREAM in the Featherweight Grand Prix, only to lose in the opening round to current semifinalist Joe Warren at DREAM.7 (video above). Beebe, a four-time state high school wrestling champion, will look to take Maeda down for the ground-and-pound finish.
Maeda, meanwhile, advanced to the second round in the tournament by beating former WEC competitor Micah Miller but was stopped in the next round by Hiroyuki Takaya. Maeda likes to strike and he'll do his best to keep the fight standing against the talented wrestler Beebe.
The addition of two former WEC fighters is fitting since DREAM appears to be stacking its DREAM.12 event -- the debut of the six-sided cage in DREAM -- with fighters with cage experience.
Announced earlier this week for DREAM.12 was Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez taking on DEEP 154-pound titleholder Katsunori Kikuno and Cage Force lightweight champ Kuniyoshi Hironaka facing Won Sik Park.
Eddie Alvarez vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Won Sik Park
Yoshiro Maeda vs. Chase Beebe
Myeon Ho Bae vs. TBA