Shinya Aoki will be defending his DREAM belt against former teammate Satoru Kitaoka in a five-round affair. On Tuesday, Tokoro and Saadulaev, who were both ousted in quarterfinal bouts in September, were given a second chance at returning to the tournament. The reserve winner could potentially enter the finals in the event an injury replacement is needed.
Aoki (29-5), who will be fighting for the fourth time in 2011, is looking to extend his win streak to seven as well as a successful second title defense. Aoki last fought in September, submitting “Razor” Rob McCullough with a neck crank at DREAM.17. Kitaoka (29-10-9) is a former Sengoku lightweight champion who made his DREAM debut in September, beating Willamy Freire by split decision.
Tokoro (30-24-1) had a four-fight win streak snapped by Antonio Banuelos at DREAM.17. Meanwhile, Saadulaev suffered his first career loss in a unanimous decision loss to Rodolfo Marques.
The current “Genki Desu Ka!!” lineup is below.
Dream Bantamweight Grand Prix:
135 lbs.: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Rodolfo Marques
135 lbs.: Masakazu Imanari vs. Antonio Banuelos
135 lbs.: Winner of Fernandes-Marques vs. Winner of Imanari-Banuelos
265 lbs.: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Satoshi Ishii
155 lbs.: Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka
170 lbs.: Hayato Sakurai vs. Ryo Chonan
145 lbs.: Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Takeshi Inoue
155 lbs.: Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
115 lbs.: Megumi Fujii vs. Karla Benitez
Mixed Rules Bout:
155 lbs.: Yuichiro Nagashima vs. Katsunori Kikuno
140 lbs.: Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund
140 lbs.: Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda
Pro Wrestling Bouts:
Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinichi Suzukawa and Atsushi Sawada
Kazuyuki Fujita vs. Peter Aerts
Josh Barnett vs. Hideki Suzuki
For more information about Genki Desu Ka!!! please visit Dream’s official website: http://dreamofficial.com/
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