Now it looks like Shinya Aoki will be fighting Shane Nelson at DREAM: Fight for Japan

You guys remember Shane Nelson. He’s the Hawaiian guy from The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 that trains with BJ Penn. He’s also the guy that partied like a Rockstar with Junie Browning and ended up drunkenly throwing furniture into the swimming pool in the fighter household. Dana White gave the two a verbal lashing on the next episode, but it didn’t stop the dynamic duo from causing ruckus down the road. Efrain Escudero defeated Shane Nelson via triangle on the show, but Nelson still got a pass in the UFC and managed to defeat George Roop in his first fight in the organization. In his next bout, he TKOd Aaron Riley in just forty-four seconds, but in the following rematch Nelson lost in a unanimous decision. Bummer for Nelson, and an even bigger bummer when Nelson lost another unanimous decision to Matt Wiman, which abruptly sent him walking away from the UFC.

Now according to, it looks like Shane Nelson has been pegged to replace Antonio McKee and will face Shinya Aoki at Dream: Fight for Japan.

“While Antonio McKee was originally rumored to be facing the Dream lightweight champion, that bout failed to materialize and on 12 days notice, Hawaii’s Shane Nelson has taken the call and agreed to face Aoki on his home turf featured on the main card of Dream’s May 29th event.

While given only 12 days notice, Shane has been given the opportunity of a lifetime to get right back on the world stage and prove that his 15 month layoff was well spent, training and closing the gaps in his game in the never ending pursuit for improvement.”

Nelson can also rest assured with the knowledge that he shares his ‘Sugar Shane’ nickname with another fighter, one that has accused Jon Bones Jones of allegedly faking an injury and ducking him. Oh yes, Rashad Evans has just hijacked this article. [Source]

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