by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com

The Dream promotion in Japan in the past couple of days has announced a pair of significant fights for its May 26, Dream 9 fight card; a title bout and a top lightweight contenders fight. 

Announced on Friday, No. 4 ranked lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri and No. 6 ranked Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante will square off at Dream 9 to determine a future title challenger for the promotion. Kawajiri enters the fight having defeated Ross Ebanez at Dream 7 in March, while JZ hasn’t competed since a decision loss to Shinya Aoki at Dream 2 in April 2008. 

Dream event producer Keiichi Sasahara, at a press conference on Friday, stated that current Dream Lightweight Grand Prix winner Joachim Hansen would face current No. 1 ranked lightweight Shinya Aoki at Dream 10 to determine the Dream champion, according to a report by Nightmare Of Battle. The winner of that bout would then face the winner of JZ vs. Kawajiri at the promotion’s year-end extravaganza on New Year’s Eve in his first title defense. 

Also announced for Dream 9 is a Dream middleweight championship bout between MTV’s “Bully Beatdowns” host Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The bout is a rematch of their Dream 4 bout, in which Jacare scored a unanimous decision victory.