Yeah, I think Dana is just going to build him up a little before giving him a real test. Introduce him to UFC fans, kinda like they did with Cro Cop, hopefully with different results.
Get the fans behind one Japanese fighter and they would be more accepting to see Ishii or Kid Yamato or other fighters pop up in the UFC, and excel. This would also draw Japanese MMA fans to the UFC and open the doors for a UFC card in Japan once again. (Which Dana has said he wanted to do)
All this brings us one step closer to my dream of a more unified MMA scene where the best fighters in the world will actually get to fight each other.
...or I could be reading into this news a little too much.