Aoki submitted Hansen with a gogoplata in late-2006 in their first meeting in PRIDE, but Hansen evened the series last July with a TKO of Aoki to win the DREAM belt.
Since his loss to Hansen, Aoki (21-4) has won 4 of his 5 fights, losing only to Hayato Sakurai at welterweight while winning all 4 of his lightweight bouts, including a unanimous decision victory over Vitor Ribeiro at DREAM 10 on Monday.
Hansen (19-7-1) has not competed since winning the title, withdrawing from a scheduled matchup with Gesias Calvancante at Dynamite!! 2008 on New Years Eve at the last minute after reportedly suffering a concussion while warming up for the fight. He’s since recovered and will square off with Aoki in his first title defense.
DREAM 11 also features the semifinals and finale of the DREAM featherweight grand prix, as well as the semis of the promotion’s open weight Super Hulk tournament. Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza are also expected to fight for a third time at the event to crown a new middleweight champ, with Calvancante also rumored to be in action on the card.
[Pictured: Joachim Hansen]