A year ago, we selected the inaugural class of fighters that would make up the first edition of the World MMA Scouting Report. It's been a gratifying experience to see some of the athletes we selected go on to succeed in major fight opportunities, and a heartbreaking one to see others come up just short.
There was some doubt whether Shinya Aoki would attempt to stand and bang with former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough in the lead-up to their DREAM 17 main event showdown on Saturday night at Saitama Super Arena.
On Sunday, DREAM officially announced that Japanese lightweight kingpin Shinya Aoki would face MFC and UFC veteran Antonio McKee at the 'Fight for Japan' charity event on May 29th at Saitama Super Arena.
DREAM event producer Keiichi Sasahara announced Monday that DEEP featherweight champion Koichiro Matsumoto (12-2) will battle former Shooto 143-pound champion 'Lion' Takeshi Inoue on the DREAM 'Fight for Japan' card, taking place on May 29th, 2011 from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
We're still waiting for #1 Jose Aldo's UFC debut at UFC 129 where he'll defend his title against #8 Mark Hominick. The winner's next challenge will likely come from the winner of Kenny Florian vs. #7 Diego Nunes which is being contested at UFC 131.
#1 Jose Aldo will make his UFC debut at UFC 129 as he defends his title against #8 Mark Hominick. The winner’s next challenge will most likely be the winner of UFC 131’s bout between #6 LW Kenny Florian and #6 Diego Nunes
At #5 on our 2011 World MMA Featherweight Scouting Report, DEEP Featherweight champion Koichiro Matsumoto (12-2) chimes in on our countdown as one of two Japanese featherweights breaking into our top ten.