Shinya Aoki will be coming into the bout on the heels of his dominating submission victory over Lyle Beerbohm at Strikeforce in April, the Japanese veteran's first win America. Aoki had been in negotiations to fight former Shooto ace Willamy Freire and former WEC champ Jamie Verner, but those bouts fell through.
In his last outing, Antonio McKee dropped a disappointing split decision to Jacob Volkmann, a loss which cost McKee his UFC contract. Prior to that loss however, McKee had amassed a 15-fight unbeaten streak dating back to 2003.
The May 29 "Fight for Japan" charity event will be a scaled down version of a regular DREAM event due to power shortages following the March 11 Japanese earthquake. The full card for DREAM's first show of 2011 is after the break.
DREAM "Fight for Japan" - May 29, 2011 at Saitama Super Arena, Japan
Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee
Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
"Lion" Takeshi Inoue vs. Koichiro Matsumoto
Caol Uno vs. Akiyo Nishiura
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Daisuke Nakamura
Bantamweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals:
Masakazu Imanari vs. Keisuke Fujiwara
Hideo Tokoro vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Kenji Osawa vs. Takafumi Otsuka
Darren Uyenoyama vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinals:
Masakazu Imanari/Keisuke Fujiwara vs Hideo Tokoro/Yoshiro Maeda
Kenji Osawa/Takafumi Otsuka vs. Darren Uyenoyama/Atsushi Yamamoto