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Shinya Aoki Will Fight at Dream 17; McKee Possible Opponent (UPDATED)

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A proposed fight between Shinya Aoki and Willamy Freire appears to be off for Dream’s “Fight for Japan” event on May 29. The Dream lightweight champion will remain on the card, but in an interesting twist to the situation, it is unclear whom he will face.

MMAWeekly.com initially reported that a fight between he and former MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee was on tap, as long as McKee could finalize his travel details. While that fight is very much still in play, our sources indicate that Dream is also negotiating with former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner.

Sources close to the situation told MMAWeekly.com that the fight between Aoki and McKee had been verbally agreed to, at least from McKee’s side, and that a bout agreement had been issued. McKee, though, must first renew his passport and get a visa to gain entry into Japan, the same sort of issues that reportedly kept Freire out of the fight.

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Post #1   5/6/11 7:30:31PM   

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probably another aoki style submission. he was on another level when he fought beerbohm.

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Post #2   5/7/11 1:55:43AM   

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Varner is in discussions for this fight as well.

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Post #3   5/7/11 9:00:26AM   

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Either guy aoki will sub out

Post #4   5/7/11 1:44:09PM   

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Post #5   5/7/11 1:51:35PM   

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Any confirmation on Aoki's opponent yet??

Post #6   5/7/11 5:08:23PM   

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It will be Varner.

Varner, who has the personality of nails on a chalkboard, has a decieving record.

he's 0-3-1 in his last four fights.

But his 1st loss came to Benson in a fight he was doing quite well in, maybe even winning. His second was a split draw due to a point infraction to Shalorus. Varner obviously won that fight. The next was a close loss to Cerrone, a man he had destroyed before. Then his next loss was to Roller a match he was winning until the KO.

Varner has a poor track-record lately, but is still a dangerous opponent.

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if aoki fought mckee i think hed get crushed. mckee is a lot like sakurai i think. but varner...idk

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If Varner doesn't KO him in the first 10 seconds then it's going to hit the mat (the wrestler in Varner won't be denied) and end in a quick 1st round submission. Aoki R1

Post #9   5/8/11 4:58:04PM