Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Antonio McKee headlines DREAM.18 (Updated)
A lightweight bout between former DREAM champion Shinya Aoki (31-6) and Antonio McKee (28-4-2) is the latest addition to this month's hybrid "DREAM.18 and GLORY 4 Tokyo – New Year's Eve Special" event.
Officials today announced the main-event fight.
DREAM.18, which features both MMA bouts and the "GLORY 4 Tokyo – Heavyweight Grand Slam" kickboxing tournament, takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. North American broadcast plans haven't been announced.
DREAM's previous attempts to book Aoki vs. McKee never quite worked out.
"Shinya Aoki is already a legend in mixed martial arts," GLORY CEO Marcus Luer stated. "His jiu-jitsu and judo skills are just incredible, and we are delighted to have him on the card for DREAM.18. The Saitama Super Arena is his home, and the greatest matches of his career have been fought there. We expect another epic encounter on New Year's Eve when he faces UFC veteran Antonio McKee."