The Japanese MMA promotion Dream announced today that they have added popular Japanese lightweight fighter Shinya Aoki to their Dream .6 event on September 23. Aoki will be taking on Todd Moore, who was just released from the WEC after losing his first two bouts for the organization. Moore had won his first six professional MMA bouts before his WEC skid.
This will be Aoki’s first bout since losing to Joachim Hansen in the finals of Dream’s Lightweight Grand Prix in June. Aoki was initially slated to take on Eddie Alvarez in the finals at Dream.5, however Alvarez was unable to compete due to an injury he sustained in his win over Tatsuya Kawajiri earlier in the night.
Dream.6 will feature semi-finals and finals of their Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament, and can be seen live from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on HDNet.
Here are the fighters slated to compete on the Dream 6 card:
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Masanori Tonooka
Hideo Tokoro vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Masakatsu Funaki
Keita Nakamura vs. Adriano Martins
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Mighty Mo
Hayato Sakurai vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Todd Moore vs. Shinya Aoki
16 Man Middleweight Grand Prix – Reserve Bout:
Dong Sik Yoon vs. Andrews Nakahara
16 Man Middleweight Grand Prix – Semi-Finals and Finals:
(Finals are scheduled to take place the same night)
Melvin Manhoef vs. Gegard Mousasi
Zelg Galesic vs. Ronaldo Souza