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Norifumi 'Kid' Yamamoto announced for DREAM 5

Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, the winner of the K-1 Hero's Lightweight Grand Prix in 2005, has finally received an opponent for his DREAM debut on July 21 in Osaka, Japan.

Yamamoto will face Joseph Benavidez, an undefeated fighter who has finished all seven of his fights. Benavidez trains at Sacramento's "Ultimate Fitness" with WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber, who is always answering questions about a potential fight between himself and Yamamoto.

"If that fight doesn't happen I'd be really surprised," Faber told a week before his fight against Jens Pulver. "But before then I've got a couple of guys that would love to take a stab at him. I've got Joseph Benavidez, who is 7-0. I'd love to see how Joseph matches up with him."

The July 21 DREAM event, the promotion's fifth, will go primetime in Japan and features the final round of the Lightweight Grand Prix. The four finalists will be Tatsuya Kawajiri, Caol Uno, Eddie Alvarez, and the winner of Shinya Aoki-Katsuhiko Nagata, to be determined at DREAM 4 on June 15. DREAM said today that it is considering a lottery system to decide the matchups.

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