"I was defeated by 'Mach' in August 2005, so I want to fight him again." Aoki said, when asked who he'd like to meet at DREAM.8. "I believe fans are definitely interested in watching us fight.
Sakurai and Aoki are both slated to compete on April 5 in the opening round of the Welterweight GP at DREAM.8 at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.
Aoki (20-3)'s previous loss, not counting a two-fight night, was to Sakurai via unanimous decision after three five-minute rounds at a Shooto event in August 2005.
Sakurai (34-8-2) won his last fight at "Dynamite!! 2008" against pro wrestler Katsuyori Shibata via TKO in the first round. Sakurai will be facing less distractions that his last fight, when two days prior, a number of his homemade sex tapes were leaked.