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Old 05-13-2011, 02:29 AM   #21 (permalink)
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This familiar guy with unhappy UFC opinions says he is in training for the fight with Aoki:

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Old 05-14-2011, 12:45 AM   #22 (permalink)
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^Yep. Mckee has signed to fight Aoki, just waiting for visa approval:

http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Sou...Approval-32329
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:17 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Well, he got it and now he's going to get it:

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Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) finally has an opponent for this month's "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan" event.

Officials recently announced that the DREAM lightweight champion and former Strikeforce title challenger will meet ex-UFC fighter Antonio McKee (25-4-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) at the May 27 event.

DREAM.17 takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and serves as a fundraiser following earthquakes and a tsunami that recently ravaged the country.

The event also features the opening round and semifinals of DREAM's Japan bantamweight grand prix.

As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, HDNet officials are "optimistic" they'll air DREAM.17 in North America.

Aoki long has been on the card, though officials had struggled to find an opponent. McKee ultimately got the call only after visa issues nearly kept him out of the country.

Aoki enters DREAM.17 with a four-fight win streak and seven victories in his past eight fights. Most recently, he scored a 93-second submission victory (due to a neck crank) over Lyle Beerbohm at April's "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley" event. However, mixed in with the recent run was an embarrassing (and sometimes baffling) second-round KO loss to K-1 kickboxer Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima in a "special rules" bout at "DREAM Dynamite!! 2010."

McKee, a former MFC champion and 41-year-old IFL vet, recently made his lone UFC appearance after posting a 15-fight unbeaten streak (14-0-1). However, he then suffered a split-decision defeat to Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 in January and then received his promotional release. It was the California-based wrestler's first defeat in eight years.

The full DREAM.17 card (in reverse bout order) includes:

* Uyenoyama/Yamamoto winner vs. Maeda/Tokoro winner (Japan bantamweight-tourney semifinal)
* Fujiwara/Imanari winner vs. Osawa/Otsuka winner (Japan bantamweight-tourney semifinal)
* Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee
* Katsunori Kikuno vs. Daisuke Nakamura
* Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura vs. Caol Uno
* Takeshi Inoue vs. Koichiro Matsumoto
* Joachim Hansen vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
* Kenji Osawa vs. Takafumi Otsuka (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
* Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Masakazu Imanari (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
* Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hideo Tokoro (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
* Darren Uyenoyama vs. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan bantamweight-tourney first round)
http://mmajunkie.com/news/23609/shin...pan-lineup.mma
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Wow this isn't an easy fight for Aoki at all! Really excited for that one

Overall the Card is much better now than UFC 130.


couldn't find the odds yet dude.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:28 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Well it looks like Aoki is actually willing to challenge himself. This is surprising on his home turf. I guess Dream wants to legitimize.
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:12 PM   #26 (permalink)
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FIGHT FOR JAPAN "DREAM JAPAN GP -2011 Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament-"

http://www.k-1.co.jp/en/news/2011/0516_others_01.html

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Date: Sunday 29 May 2011 / Gate Open PM3:00 Start PM4:00
Venue: Saitama Super Arena, Japan

[ Fight #01 / Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament Quarterfinal #1 / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Darren Uyenoyama / U.S.A. / Ralph Gracie's Jiu-Jitsu Academy
vs.
Atsushi Yamamoto / Japan / KRAZY BEE

[ Fight #02 / Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament Quarterfinal #2 / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Yoshiro Maeda / Japan / Pancrase Inagakigumi
vs.
Hideo Tokoro / Japan / Reversal Gym Musashikosugi Tokoro Plus

[ Fight #03 / Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament Quarterfinal #3 / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Masakazu Imanari / Japan / Team Roken
vs.
Keisuke Fujiwara / Japan / Akimoto Dojo Jungle Junction/Team ZST

[ Fight #04 / Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament Quarterfinal #4 / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Kenji Osawa / Japan / Wajutsu-Keishukai HEARTS
vs.
Takashi Otsuka / Japan / AACC

[ Fight #05 / Fetherweight One Match / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Joachim Hansen / Norway / Hellboy Hansen MMA
vs.
Mitsuhiro Ishida / Japan / T-BLOOD

[ Fight #06 / Fetherweight One Match / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Koichiro Matsumoto / Japan / Imada Dojo
vs.
Lion Takeshi / Japan / Shooting Gym Yokohama

[ Fight #07 / Fetherweight One Match / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Caol Uno / Japan / Freelance
vs.
Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura / Japan / STGY

[ Fight #08 / Lightweight One Match / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Katsunori Kikuno / Japan / ALLIANCE
vs.
Daisuke Nakamura / Japan / U-FILE CAMP.com

[ Fight #09 / Lightweight One Match / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Shinya Aoki / Japan / Paraestra Tokyo
vs.
Antonio McKee / U.S.A. / BodyShop Fitness Team

[ Fight #10 / Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament Semifinal #1 / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Winner of Darren Uyenoyama vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
vs.
Winner of Yoshiro Maeda vs. Hideo Tokoro

[ Fight #11 / Bantamweight JAPAN Tournament Semifinal #2 / DREAM Rules / 1R-10Min. 2R-5Min. ]
Winner of Masakazu Imanari vs. Keisuke Fujiwara
vs.
Winner of Kenji Osawa vs. Takashi Otsuka
The Semifinals at the same night
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:44 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Yeah, the semifinals on the same night is a little unusual. Usually they do the semifinals and finals on one night. I guess they want the fighters to be fresh for the finals.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:42 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Well, he was on the card for a little over 24 hours:

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Antonio McKee (25-4-2 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his announced "DREAM.17: Fight for Japan" bout with Shinya Aoki (27-5 MMA, 11-2 DREAM) has fallen through because he was unable to obtain a visa.

HDNet first announced his withdrawal via Twitter, though the reason initially wasn't revealed.

However, a DREAM representative told MMAjunkie.com he isn't buying the fighter's excuse.

"There's a travel agent in L.A. since this morning ready to get all the paperwork processed and have his visa processed by Thursday," said DREAM rep Mike Kogan. "He would have had plenty of time. So if it's a visa issue, he can get it done. If it's not, then his people need to come up with a better excuse."

DREAM.17 takes place May 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and serves as a fundraiser following earthquakes and a tsunami that recently ravaged the country. HDNet is expected to air the show in North America.

It's not clear if Aoki will remain on the card; as of Monday, officials hadn't announced the loss of McKee.

McKee, a former MFC champion and 41-year-old IFL vet, recently made his lone UFC appearance after posting a 15-fight unbeaten streak (14-0-1). However, he then suffered a split-decision defeat to Jacob Volkmann at UFC 125 in January and then received his promotional release. It was the California-based wrestler's first defeat in eight years.
http://mmajunkie.com/news/23621/visa...hinya-aoki.mma
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:51 AM   #29 (permalink)
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McKee is 41 years old? Why are they throwing a guy like this to Aoki? Maybe it's better that he has visa issues to not fight.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:25 AM   #30 (permalink)
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even at his age, he would have been a great threat to Aoki and would have given him a run for his money.

Especially because Aoki hates to fight american wrestlers...
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