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Dream 17 Just Got a Little Less ‘Mandingo’


(Well, that’s a shame.)

Despite recent statements from DREAM and ‘Mandingo’ himself, Antonio McKee will not be facing Shinya Aoki at Dream’s “Bantamweight Japan Tournament” event on May 29th in Saitama. Andrew Simon of HDNet first broke the bad news yesterday evening. Afterwards, MMAWeekly reported that the withdrawal was due to McKee being unable to secure a visa in time to travel and fight in Japan, though FEG USA’s Mike Kogan denied that the situation was visa-related.

With the show less than two weeks away, DREAM will have to pull a rabbit out of their hat to find Aoki an opponent. (And by “pull a rabbit out of their hat,” I mean “find a totally unqualified journeyman for Aoki to choke out within 90 seconds.” You know how these things go.) Previously rumored opponents Willamy Freire and Jamie Varner are also no-go’s due to visa issues and failed negotiations, respectively.

As for McKee, the former MFC lightweight champ hasn’t competed since his one-and-done appearance at UFC 125, in which he dropped a split-decision to Jacob Volkmann — a bout highlighted by McKee possibly biting Volkmann — and was swiftly fired by the UFC. He was supposed to defend his MFC title against Drew Fickett in late February, but had to withdraw due to a knee injury, and was stripped of his title. A brutal start to 2011 for ‘Dingo, but as long as he still has his reality show and tattooed man-nanny, we have no doubt that McKee will land on his feet.

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intercept440- May 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm
ok im sure it has been said a hundred times now..but seriously wtf is up with aoki and the anime schoolgirl dress??? is he a preop non horomone taking tranny? someone throw him in a canal already... yakuza ..where are you..do something already
agentsmith- May 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Awww, he had some good Jap jokes planned too.
Fried Taco- May 17, 2011 at 9:27 am
I heard when he submitted his application for the visa, Japan denied it because they couldn't see anybody in the picture.
jimbonics- May 17, 2011 at 8:24 am
First of all, I wanna thank God for giving everybody so much, and me, so little. I hate you, I hate you, and I don't even know you and I hate your guts.
Trouser Snake- May 17, 2011 at 8:24 am
Chalk that up on the "thank god I don't have to be subjected to such an irrelevant fight that would, without doubt, be the most boring fight this side of Waylon Lowe" board
djp1988- May 17, 2011 at 7:59 am
Shit Dream 17, you a racist motha' fucka'.
rlh61- May 17, 2011 at 7:58 am
^WTF??
noname- May 17, 2011 at 7:45 am
What! When did Mandingo start fighting? Could his 15 incher even fit into a cup? Would he need a custom made XXXXXXXXXXXXXXL cup? And if so wouldn't that give him an unfair advantage considering that he has such a large no kick zone?
DangadaDang- May 17, 2011 at 7:43 am
Wow, that picture is fuckin ridiculous. I have always hated these Moneyweather types like Mckee, especially when they can't even back it up in the cage. To quote Dave Chappelle "I hope all the bad things in life happen to you and only you."
destinationblood- May 17, 2011 at 7:09 am
did Volkmann actually accuse Mckee of biting him?....
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