Jason "Mayhem" Miller (20-5), the charismatic middleweight who's fought for nearly ever major MMA organization, will add the rookie DREAM promotion to his resume when he fights Katsuyori Shibata (2-3) at the organization's May 11 show.
The event takes place May 11 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
) today confirmed the bout with an event organizer. The fight was originally reported by MMANews.com.
Miller, who's long been on the cusp of a worldwide top-10 rating, will fight for the first time in five months. He last competed at a December HDNet Fights event in Dallas and survived a tough Tim Kennedy for a unanimous-decision victory. It was Miller's eighth win in his past nine fights; the lone loss came to veteran Frank Trigg at a December 2006 ICON Sport event.
Miller's only avenged losses are to Trigg, current UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, and top WEC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen. Victories have come against the likes of EliteXC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler, popular PRIDE veteran Denis Kang, and Falaniko "Niko" Vitale.
However, Miller now faces a relatively inexperienced fighter in Shibata, who's competed almost exclusively for K-1 HERO'S (which eventually became DREAM) and is riding a three-fight losing streak. Shibata transitioned into MMA after working as a pro-wrestling performer in Japan.
The May 11 event, DREAM.3, is slated to feature the second round of the organization's lightweight grand prix.