Jamie Varner (above) will likely toe the line with Shinya Aoki on May 29. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com

Visa issues will reportedly prevent Brazilian Willamy Freire from competing against Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki at Dream “Fight for Japan”. Instead, Aoki will likely face former WEC lightweight king Jamie Varner at the event.

Sherdog.com confirmed on Friday with a source close to the negotiations that the bout “seems very likely” for the May 29 show, which will emanate from the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo.

It was initially thought that former MFC lightweight king Antonio McKee would step in for Freire to meet Aoki, but it now seems that the 41-year-old is now off the bill. According to a separate source close to the event, McKee was in the process of making the proposed matchup official, and then was informed by the promotion that they had found another replacement.

Dream “Fight for Japan” will also feature the opening round of the promotion's tournament to decide Dream's first-ever bantamweight champion, as four tilts will be featured on the card, as will two unrelated featherweight bouts featuring Caol Uno taking on Akiyo Nishiura and Mitsuhiro Ishida locking horns with Joachim Hansen.

Varner, 26, has gone 0-3-1 in his last four bouts. After putting together a five-fight winning streak from 2007-2009, Varner had his WEC lightweight title lifted by Benson Henderson at WEC 46 in January 2010. Varner then followed that defeat by fighting hard-hitting Kamal Shalorus to a split draw five months later before dropping back-to-back contests to Donald Cerrone and Shane Roller, respectively. Varner was released by the promotion following his loss to Roller in December 2010.
view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson Weigh-in Video Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 27 days ago

The 24 fighters competing on Saturday's Fight Night Portland fight card weighed in on Friday at the PT Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. read news >>

After Burkman upset, Zak Ottow explains why he's thankful UFC didn't sign him sooner

  • 25 days ago

PORTLAND, Ore. – Competing against an MMA veteran of more than 40 fights on short notice – in his UFC debut – was no problem for Zak Ottow. So, how’d he do it?Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, read news >>

Josh Samman found after drug-overdose call; mother reportedly denies rumors of heroin as cause

  • 24 days ago

UFC middleweight Josh Samman was found unresponsive in an apartment in south Florida after police were called to the scene on a suspected drug overdose. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

BJ Penn Forced Out of UFC Manila Headliner | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago

BJ Penn has reportedly been forced out of his UFC Fight Night 97 headlining bout opposite Ricardo Lamas. read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov issues the UFC an ultimatum regarding his title shot

  • 21 days ago

Khabib Nurmagomedov wants the title shot he was promised. read news >>

UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson Weigh-In Video Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 20 days ago

The 24 fighters competing on Saturday's UFC 204 fight card in Manchester, England officially weighed in on Saturday at Manchester Central. read news >>

UFC Middleweight Contender Gegard Mousasi's Understated Excellence

  • 21 days ago

UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi has been an elite fighter for what seems like forever, competing in practically every major organization and beating some of the best fighters in the world a read news >>

Dan Henderson Stands By Retirement Talk, Calls It a Career at UFC 204 | MMAWeekly.com

  • 19 days ago

Dan Henderson has been competing in MMA for nearly two decades, but he confirmed that UFC 204 was the last time we will see him fighting in the Octagon. read news >>

Troubled NFL Vet Greg Hardy Pursuing MMA Career | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago

Beleaguered NFL free agent Greg Hardy is reportedly going to try and put his troubled past in the rear-view mirror by making a run in mixed martial arts. read news >>

Dana White: 'Highly doubt' Greg Hardy can make it in UFC

  • 13 days ago

Hardy is reportedly setting football aside to focus on mixed martial arts. read news >>