Despite reports stating that Shinya Aoki vs. Jamie Varner is a done deal for Dream’s May 29 event in Japan, the fight is anything but a sure thing.
Varner has been in the running along with former MFC lightweight champion Antonio McKee to face Aoki in the upcoming ‘Fight for Japan’ show, but neither fighter has signed for the fight yet.
Varner’s management team at KO Reps told MMAWeekly.com late Saturday night that no contracts have been signed for the fight, and at this time the bout is looking less and less likely to happen.
Varner is currently scheduled to compete at next weekend’s XFO event in Illinois, and should still be fighting on that card regardless of if the Aoki fight gets signed or not.
Aoki has had three different opponents rumored for Dream 17, with none of them signing on the dotted line to make a bout official.