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Tomohiro Ishii vs. Chris Dickinson set for NJPW Lonestar Shootout

The first match for the NJPW Strong taping in Dallas has been announced.

Chris Dickinson vs. Tomohiro Ishii is official for NJPW Lonestar Shootout. 

After posting a video on Wednesday that featured Dickinson announcing his return from an injury, Dickinson challenged Ishii to meet him in Texas. The match is now set for the Friday, April 1 event in Dallas.

This will be Dickinson's first NJPW bout since suffering a dislocated leg at Battle in the Valley in November 2021. 

Dickinson posted a statement two days after his injury occurred, updating fans on how long he expected to be out of action. He noted that he was given a range of six months recovery time, but returning sooner was possible given his athletic background. 

"My timeline I've been given for recovery is within the range of six months," Dickinson wrote. "My surgeon just said because of my background and athletic nature if I do everything right I can probably do it in five months. I give my word I will do my absolute best to return to the ring as fast as humanly possible."