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Former UFC Champion Tim Sylvia Agrees To DREAM New Year's Eve Fight

Tim Sylvia has verbally agreed to make his Japanese MMA debut for DREAM on New Year's Eve. Sylvia's agent Monte Cox confirmed the news with FanHouse.

The former UFC heavyweight champion will be a part of the Dynamite!! 2009 MMA/K-1 hybrid show, which has become a yearly tradition in Japan.

While Cox said Sylvia has been proposed fights against Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem and Hong Man Choi, he thinks it would make more sense to have "The Maine-iac" fight the Korean giant.

"We're still trying to make a comeback, so I think he and Choi be the best match-up," Cox said.

"Wow, two monsters. That would be fun."

Sylvia's right hand has fully healed since he broke it in in his first-round TKO victory over Jason Riley in September. The veteran is 1-2 since leaving the UFC in February 2008.

Also scheduled for the card is Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Ikuhisa Minowa in the finals of the Super Hulk tournament, a DREAM lightweight title match between Shinya Aoki and Tasuya Kawajiri, and what is being billed as Masato's final K-1 match against a yet-to-be determined opponent. There will be 18 fights in total on the card.

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