On Friday, Dream announced lightweight champion Shinya Aoki (Pictured) will defend his title against Satoru Kitaoka on their New Year’s Eve extravaganza.
Aoki has rattled off wins in nine out of his past ten scraps, including six straight. His lone blemish during his current run came in a convincing loss to Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez.
Kitaoka will be riding a four-fight winning streak into the championship affair. The former Sengoku champ was last seen taking a split decision win over Willamy Freire at Dream.17.
The Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan will host “Dream: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011.″
HDNet will broadcast the extravaganza in the United States, but no word if the airing will be available live or via tape-delay.
Here are the athletes rumored to appear in the show:
Dream Bantamweight Tournament:
Bibiano Fernades vs. Rodolfo Marquez Diniz
Antonio Banuelos vs. Masakazu Imanari
Satoshi Ishii vs. Fedor Emelianenko
Takaya Hiroyuki vs. Lion Takeshi
Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
Takeshi Inoue vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (Dream Featherweight Champion)
Satoru Kitaoka vs. Shinya Aoki (Dream Lightweight Champion)