The "Maine-iac" was originally slated to meet former Strikeforce contender Brett Rogers in an mixed martial arts match, however the contest was eventually scratched due to Rogers' lingering visa issues. Sylvia was then briefly linked to a rematch with Fedor Emelianenko but the bout never came to fruition.
Both Sylvia and Banner have prior experience competing in professional wrestling.
"DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011" takes place on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The card will air on HDNet. The complete fight card for DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011 can be read in full below.
Dream World Bantamweight Grand Prix:
Tourney Reserve: Hideo Tokoro vs. Yusup Saadulaev
Semifinals: Masakazu Imanari vs. Antonio Banuelos
Semifinals: Bibiano Fernandes vs. Rodolfo Marques Diniz
Finals: Imanari/Banuelos winner vs. Fernandes/Diniz winner
Yuta Kubo vs. Nils Widlund
Masaaki Noiri vs. Kengo Sonoda