On Friday, Thompson's agent Ken Pavia told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani that both Minowa and Thompson have verbally agreed to the fight and will sign bout agreements shortly.
Although Minowa is giving up size once again, it's no secret who will be favored in this openweight tilt. Minowa, the reigning "Super Hulk" champion, has won five in a row, while Thompson has been knocked out in his last two fights and has lost 11 out of his last 14 decisive bouts.
Thompson will actually be a comparatively lighter opponent for Minowa considering that Minowa's last two opponents were super heavyweights Jimmy Ambriz and Imani Lee.
Thompson, a 31-year-old PRIDE, EliteXC and Cage Rage veteran, hits hard and holds notable victories over Don Frye and Hidehiko Yoshida. Thompson's last appearance for DREAM was a submission loss last October at Dream.12 to current Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
Below is the current Dream.16 card happening Sept. 25 from the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. James Thompson
Joachim Hansen vs. Hideo Tokoro
Kazuyuki Miyata vs. "Lion" Takeshi Inoue
Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Chase Beebe
Michihiro Omigawa vs. Cole Escovedo
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura