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Aoki-Ribeiro, Manhoef-Filho added to DREAM.10

Shinya Aoki vs Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro and Paulo Filho vs Melvin Manhoef have been added to DREAM 10, happening July 20 at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

WAMMA champion Aoki (20-4) and former Cage Rage champion Ribeiro (20-2) are meeting in a grappling fan's dream MMA fight. Aoki is coming off a failed experiment at welterweight, losing via first-round TKO to Hayato "Mach" Sakurai at DREAM 8. At the same event, Ribeiro returned to action after a an over 18-month absence by winning by TKO over Katsuhiko Nagata.

Filho (16-1) will look to resurrect his career after a horrendous stint with the WEC. Despite winning the WEC middleweight title, a disastrous performance against Chael Sonnen was so bad that the UFC passed on Filho when the WEC's middleweight division was incorporated into the UFC's. The loss was Filho's first, but dropped him from being the number two middleweight in the world to completely out of the top ten.

Manhoef (23-5-1) is one of the most dangerous fighters in MMA, just as long as he doesn't go to the ground. On New Year's Eve, it took Manhoef only 18 seconds to knock out Mark Hunt, a feat neither Mirko Cro Cop nor Wanderlei Silva were able to accomplish.

DREAM 10 will also feature the semifinals and final of the DREAM Welterweight GP.

FIGHT CARD:

  • Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Marius Zaromskis (WW GP)
  • Jason High vs. Andre Galvao (WW GP)
  • Shinya Aoki vs. Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro
  • Melvin Manhoef vs. Paulo Filho
  • Katsunori Kikuno vs. Andre "Dida" Amade