With just about three weeks until DREAM.16, the Japanese-based organization has started to reveal a few details about the fight card.
While a light heavyweight title fight between mini-grand-prix finalists Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno was already assured, three additional contests were announced overnight.
The new contests include Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio, "Lion" Takeshi Inoue vs. Kazuyuki Miyata and Hideo Tokoro vs. Joachim Hansen.
DREAM.16 takes place on Sept. 25 at Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan, and airs in North America on HDNet.
Aoki (24-5 MMA, 8-2 DREAM), the DREAM lightweight champion, fights for the first time since a July submission win over Tatsuya Kawajiri. "Tobikan Judan" suffered a high-profile loss to Gilbert Melendez in April, but he still stands at 4-1 in his past five contests.
His opponent, Aurelio (20-8 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), is probably best known for choking out then-PRIDE champ Takanori Gomi in a non-title affair in 2006. "Maximus" also fought six times under the UFC banner and now makes his DREAM debut.
Inoue (18-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) returns to action for the first time since a split-decision loss to Hatsu Hioki under the Shooto banner in May. Inoue relinquished the Shooto belt in the clash, his first loss in five outings, and now makes his DREAM debut.
Miyata (9-7 MMA, 2-1 DREAM) carries a four-fight win streak into the event. While his pedestrian record may not impress, Miyata's career is marked by clashed with quality opponents such as Luiz Firmino, Royler Gracie, Joachim Hansen, Vitor Ribeiro, Genki Sudo, and Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, among others.
Hansen (19-10-1 MMA, 3-4 DREAM) looks to snap a current three-fight losing streak. Once considered among the best lightweights in the world, "Hellboy" is now hoping for a successful run in the featherweight division.
Meanwhile, Tokoro (26-22-1 MMA, 3-4 DREAM) looks to rebound from a May loss to Akiyo Nishiiura under the DREAM banner. A 10-year veteran, Tokoro is currently mired in a 2-5 slump.