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Bookings News: Aoki, Mousasi, Filho and More All Get Fights

(The flannel is coming back, bitches.)

Fresh off this morning’s Dream.9, which we’ll go ahead and call a success in the sense that no one died during the “ridiculously stupendous” freak show portion of the evening, Dream already has some plans for their next event, predictably titled Dream.10.  The organization announced that WAMMA lightweight champion (that’s still a real thing, right?) Shinya Aoki will face Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro in what will be Aoki’s first actual MMA fight since his TKO loss to Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.

Also at Dream.10, Melvin Manhoef will take on mercurial former WEC middleweight champion Paulo Filho in a fight that could be an awesome clash of styles or a complete mess.  I think we can all agree that Filho stands a good chance if he shows up in shape, focused, and not with one foot in the spirit world, but will get absolutely decapitated if he wigs out like he did against Chael Sonnen in his last fight.  Either way, it’s a strong addition to the July 20th fight card, which also includes the semi-final and final rounds of the Dream welterweight grand prix tournament, and possibly even the return of Kazushi Sakuraba.  Because hey, he’s not dead yet, and he’d prefer that the end come in the ring in front of a silent arena of Japanese fans.

In other bookings news…

- Gegard Mousasi confirmed that he will face Vitor Belfort at the upcoming Affliction III event on August 1.  He also said that he simply can’t make middleweight anymore and feels he’s a natural heavyweight, leaving us to wonder what weight the fight will take place at.  Belfort’s been a middleweight for a little while now and has looked much better in that division.  It’s hard to figure why he might go up in weight now, unless Affliction is offering him a considerable chunk from their Scrooge McDuck-like mountain of money as compensation.

- Fedor Emelianenko and Josh Barnett are now officially confirmed for Affliction III, with the word coming straight from Affliction VP Tom Atencio himself.  Okay, so that really only means that they’re confirmed to fight as long as Affliction is still financially viable enough to put on an event by then, but we’ll take it.

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Jonny5- May 27, 2009 at 1:21 am
Whoever wins Barnett Emalinenko is the WORLD's HW champ!!!!!
LockDown- May 26, 2009 at 10:24 pm
Well, if Paulo is recovered from his bad demons he will take Manhoef out easily by taking him down and subbing him. Otherwise, he will (literally) lose his head.
Lysol- May 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Assuming Paulo is not the mess he was against Sonnen, I'll be glad to see one of my favorite fighters back in action.
One Two- May 26, 2009 at 5:20 pm
Damn i like vitor and mousassi. i think vitor should stay at MW.
The Meat Missile- May 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm
iono I see manhoef getting subbed agian.
NECROPHYTE- May 26, 2009 at 3:59 pm
lol@ willum"this will sound lame but i think chuck would beat machida"

no way in Hell
NECROPHYTE- May 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm
lol@ Scrooge McDuck-like mountain of money as compensation.
willum- May 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm
this will sound lame but i think chuck would beat machida
Cookie Monster- May 26, 2009 at 3:49 pm
manhoef is gonna kick paulo out of the ring
lilbigvince- May 26, 2009 at 3:16 pm
Poor Paulo... he's gonna be back in rehab afther this fight. The pain from another loss is sure to send him back to the pipe.
Titos Head- May 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm
HA HA Bitches!