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crowd of 21,397, DREAM held it’s second event, returning to the Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama Japan.
Not many in
attendance were surprised that Japanese mixed martial arts legend Kazushi
Sakuraba finished Andrews Nakahara, as it was the Brazilian fighter’s MMA
In a clash
of two of the most highly regarded lightweight fighters in the world, Shinya
Aoki, however, raised some eyebrows as he bested Gesias “J.Z.” Calvancante en
route to winning a unanimous decision. Aoki is currently ranked the No. 3
lightweight in the world by MMAWeekly.com, while Calvancante sits at No. 4.
didn’t face an easy opponent, the No. 4 ranked middleweight, Denis Kang, was
upset in his bout with Gegard Mousasi.
marked the opening round of DREAM’s Middleweight Grand Prix. Sakuraba, Mousasi,
Kiyoshi Tamura, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Zelg Galesic, Dong Sik Yoon, and Taiei
Kin all won their tournament pairings. Each of the opening round victors will
move on to round two scheduled for June 15, again at the Saitama Super Arena.
Sakuraba def. Andrews Nakahara by Submission (Neck Crank) at 8:20, R1
Mousasi def. Denis Kang by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 3:10, R1
Tamura def. Masakatsu Funaki by TKO (Strikes) at 0:57, R1
Souza def. Ian Murphy by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:38, R1
Galesic def. Magomed Sultanakhmedov by Submission (Armbar) at 1:40, R1
Yoon def. Shungo Oyama by Unanimous Decision, R2
def. Ikuhisa Minowa by Unanimous Decision, R2
Aoki def. Gesias “J.Z.” Calvancante by Unanimous Decision, R2