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‘Razor’ Rob McCullough vs. Shinya Aoki at DREAM 17 in September

(Video courtesy of YouTube/BellatorMMA)

It looks like Patricky “Pitbull” Freire didn’t get permission from Bellator to face DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki. Instead Bjorn Rebney and Co. are sending “Razor” Rob McCullough over to Japan to face “T?bikan J?dan” in a non-title affair at DREAM 17 September 24 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

DREAM announced the match-up on Friday. was the first site to report the news.

A former WEC lightweight champion, McCullough (19-7) is 2-1 since being released from the Zuffa-owned promotion. His only loss in that time came against Freire in last season’s Bellator lightweight tournament quarterfinal. Prior to the loss he was riding a two-fight winning streak with “Ws” over Isaac DeJesus (9-3) and UFC veteran Corey Hill (4-4). McCullough’s most notable wins were against Josh Thomson and Rich Crunkilton.

Aoki, who last tasted defeat at the hands of Strikeforce lightweight kingpin Gilbert Melendez, will take a five-fight win streak into the DREAM cage with him against McCullough, that includes wins over Tatsuya Kawajiri, Rich Clementi. He also holds wins over Eddie Alvarez, George Sotiropoulos, Joachim Hansen and Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante.

DREAM also announced that Aoki’s original rumored opponent, UFC veteran Willamy “Chiquerim” Freire (18-4) will also fight on the card, opposite ex-Sengoku lightweight champ Satoru Kitaoka (28-10-9).

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Todd M- July 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm
@ Pen 15, Word
@ Fried Taco,I hope ur not suggesting that Japanese fight organisations are less than honourable
Shaky- July 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm
You just hit the nail on the head.

Fo real, I'm actually kinda bored of Dream's Aoki booking fests. He is their only real star (Overeem, Mousasi are more strikeforcey/whatever) and his matchups are decided by these (unranked random American opponents) just calling him out. Don't get me wrong, I'm gonna watch Aoki break limbs when it's time, but it is really starting to lose his luster. He needs to man up and go the UFC now.
Fried Taco- July 29, 2011 at 11:57 am
I feel sorry for Razor, things will be rigged against. And I do mean rigged...
Pen Fifteen- July 29, 2011 at 11:08 am
Articles on Aoki bookings are like a madlib game: "Shinya Aoki to face (random unranked American opponent) at Dream (number) after being unable to secure (other unranked opponent) due to (lame reason related to international bureaucracy)."