by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Japan’s Dream fight promotion on Friday added more names to the roster for its March 22 event at Yokohama Arena.
The big name with all the pop is Josh Barnett, although the promotion did not announce an opponent for “The Baby Faced Assassin.” Sports Illustrated’s Josh Gross tweeted that Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga is probably going to face Barnett at Dream 13.
A bout that is set is a featherweight contest between WEC veterans Cole Escovedo and Yoshiro Maeda.
Escovedo (15-4) is on a four-fight winning streak since recovering from a near fatal staph infection. By the time it was detected, the infection reached his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. It took Escovedo nearly three years to fight again, but he seems to have returned to form, submitting Jeff Bedard with his patented triangle choke in his most recent fight.
Maeda (26-7-2), following a year long stretch where he lost three of four bouts, has recovered with back-to-back wins to close out 2009, including a submission of former WEC champion Chase Beebe at Dream 12 in October.
A featherweight title bout between current champion Bibiano Fernandes and challenger Joachim Hansen heads Dream 13 on March 22 in Yokohama, Japan.