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Aoki-Ribeiro, Filho-Manhoef Confirmed for DREAM 10

Shinya AokiLightweights Shinya Aoki and Vitor Ribeiro and middleweights Paulo Filho and Melvin Manhoef will square off at DREAM 10 on July 20th in Saitama, Japan, the promotion announced on Tuesday.

Aoki (20-4), who was originally rumored to be rematching lightweight champion Joachim Hansen on the card, had won three-straight bouts before moving up to welterweight to take on Hayato Sakurai, suffering a TKO loss in just 27-seconds at DREAM 8 in April. An accomplished grappler, Ribeiro (20-2) returned to action in April following a September 2007 loss to Gesias Calvancante, defeating Katsuhiko Nagata via first-round TKO at DREAM 8.

Filho (16-1), a former WEC middleweight champion, checked into rehab for substance abuse following his controversial title defense over Chael Sonnen in late-2007. After missing weight for their rematch, Filho looked unimpressive in suffering a unanimous decision loss to Sonnen in a non-title bout last November. A kickboxer, Mahoef has won six of his last seven bouts, earning all six victories by first-round (T)KO.

DREAM also added a lightweight bout between Katsunori Kikuno and Andre Amade to the July 20th card.

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[Pictured: Shinya Aoki]


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