KJ Noons vs Andre Dida one of four added to DREAM 11
Fighting and Entertainment Group today announced some solid additions to the card for their "DREAM.13" show in Yokohama, Japan. Two intriguing lightweight matchups, an old guard vs. new school welterweight clash, and a quintessentially J-MMA openweight bout join a previously announced featherweight scrap between Joachim Hansen and Bibiano Fernandes on the March 22nd slate.
In the 70kg (154 lbs.) division, former EliteXC lightweight champ and recent Strikeforce signee K.J. Noons (7-2) will see his first MMA action since 2008 when he meets Brazilian Muay Thai specialist Andre "Dida" Amado (6-3-1). Noons has spent the two years since his split with EliteXC in the boxing ring, amassing a respectable 4-1 record in that time (11-2 overall), though he dropped his most high profile match - a unanimous decision loss to James Countryman last March.
Meanwhile, the last man to beat "Dida," Deep ace Katsunori Kikuno (12-2-2), faces Cage Force champion Kuniyoshi Hironaka (16-6) in a battle of two of Japan's best lightweights. Kikuno was last seen in Dream's "white cage" last October, where he was submitted in the second round by Eddie Alvarez despite a strong start. Hironaka has reeled off four straight wins since dropping from welterweight, including one on that same October card against highly-touted Korean prospect Won-Sik Park.
In the second fight of his post-UFC campaign, Pride veteran Ryo Chonan (16-10) will take on Kyokushin practicioner Andrews Nakahara (2-1) at welterweight. In his homecoming match last August in Deep, Chonan came out on top with a decision win over fellow ex-UFC'er Jutaro Nakao. The still-green karate convert Nakahara was scheduled to fight Zelg Galesic in a "DREAM.12" bout which never materialized; the same fight had been rumored for this show.
Finally, Dream's very own "Super Hulk" champion, Ikushisa Minowa (44-30-8) looks to extend his three-fight win streak against oversized opponents when he meets heavyweight also-ran Jimmy "The Titan" Ambriz (14-12-1).
So excited to see Dida knock the crap out of noons
Recap of new fights:
Noons vs Dida
Katsunori Kikuno vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Ryo Chonan vs Andrews Nakahara
Minowa vs Jimmy Ambriz