06 Oct DREAM 11
This is Ringside Report.Net’s coverage of DREAM 11 live from Japan being broadcast in North America on HDNet.
Kazuyuki Miyata v. Daiki “DJ Taiki” Hata in a featherweight grand prix reserve bout is the first on the card.
Miyata scores a takedown and gets Taiki’s back in a body triangle within the first minute. Miyata tries to lock in a choke but Taiki held him off and forced a stand-up from the referee at 6:27 in the first round. A yellow card was issued to DJ Taiki for stalling the fight on the ground. DJ Taiki scored an uppercut as the two men exchanged on the feet. Miyata scored a right hand that set up the takedown, landing in Taiki’s half guard. The men moved into the ropes, forcing the referee to re-position them in the middle of the ring. Miyata hit a knee and passed into guard. Taiki scrambled but Miyata held on to keep Taiki on his back, in side control. Miyata hit some elbows to the body and punches to the face as he transitioned into the full mount. Miyata worked several punches to the face with a good ground-n-pound offense. Taiki turned over and Miyata worked more punches from the back as the first 10-minute period came to a close. DREAM judges do not give scores round-by-round instead judging the entire fight. This fight will continue with a 5-minute second round.
DJ Taiki scored a right hand and two leg kicks before being taken down again in the first 20 seconds of the round. Miyata worked in some left and right hands from Taiki’s guard and the referee re-positioned the fighters in the middle of the ring. Taiki was able to scramble back to his feet but was quickly taken down again with a single-leg slam. Taiki escaped and got to his feet but was taken down again by Miyata and lands n his guard. Taiki escaped again but Miyata scored another takedown, this time landing in a guillotine choke by DJ Taiki. Miyata was locked in the hold but managed to escape after almost one minute of struggle. Taiki once again rose to his feet but Miyata took his back and suplexed him back to the mat. Miyata worked some punches in the guard as the final round came to a close.
Ringside Report gives this fight to Kazuyuki Miyata. The judges agree and give this fight to Miyata via unanimous decision.
Hideo Tokoro v. Hiroyuki Takaya in a featherweight grand prix semi-final is up next.
The fighters size each other up on the feet with Takaya pushing the pace with his heavy hands. Tokoro circles around Takaya throwing the occasional kick but gets dropped by a right hand from Takaya. Tokoro is let back up as Takaya wants to avoid fighting on the ground with Hideo Tokoro. Takaya hit a few big right hooks and Tokoro attempts a takedown but gets stuffed. Takaya hit several leg kicks to a downed Tokoro who gets back to his feet and gets hit with a right cross. Takaya hit a left hook that caused Tokoro to clinch up and pull guard. Takaya throws more kicks to the leg and the ref stands up Tokoro. Tokoro landed a big flying knee that rocked Takaya with 2 minutes remaining in the first round. He followed up with a flurry of punches that dazed Takaya but Tokoro pulled guard which seemed to allow Takaya to regain his senses. Takaya hit a big punch to daze Tokoro and followed up with more big punches from the guard. Tokoro was then saved by the referee as he stepped in to signal the end of the first round.
Tokoro landed a nice left hand to open the second round but Takaya hit him with a big shot. Tokoro tried to pull guard and Takaya followed with more good ground-n-pound and the referee put a halt to the bout.
The winner via TKO and finalist for the DREAM featherweight grand prix, Hiroyuki Takaya.
Joe Warren v. Bibiano Fernandes in the other featherweight grand prix semi final is up next.
Joe Warren opened the fight throwing a high kick and followed up with a takedown that put him in Fernandees’ guard. Warren tries to scores some punches but Fernandes locked up his arm in an arm-bar. Warren did not tap but the referee intervened to prevent damage and stopped the fight. After the stoppage, Fernandes got into Warren’s face and disrespected him with a middle-finger salute. Fernandes left the cage in a rage without waiting for the official announcement.
The winner via referee stoppage and finalist to the featherweight grand prix, Bibiano Fernandes.
The semi-finals of the DREAM Super-Hulk Tournament between Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa v. Hong-Man Choi is next.
Minowaman and Choi square off and Minowa circles away from his much larger opponent. Minowa stands 5’10, 192 lbs. while Choi stands at over 7 feet and 300 lbs. Minowa attempted a takedown but Choi stuffed it. Minowa then tripped Choi to the ground and attempted a knee-bar but Choi escaped. Minowa scored with a big over-hand right hand and scored a takedown. Minowaman scrambled to get into side-control and worked some knees to the body. After a few minutes on the ground the referee stands them up and issues a yellow card to Choi for inactivity. Minowa attempted another takedown but is stuffed and Choi hit some punches to the face but Minowaman pushed him away. Minowa got back to his feet and attempted a takedown that was stuffed as the round came to a close.
Minowaman tried a single-leg takedown but was stufed by Choi. Minowa spun-out and tackled Choi to his back. Minowaman locked in a heel hook which forced Hong-Man Choi into submission. The Japanese crowd erupted for Minowaman’s amazing victory over the giant Choi.
Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa wins via second round submission to advance into the finals of the DREAM Super-Hulk Tournament.
Bob Sapp versus Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the other semi-final in the DREAM Super-Hulk Tournament is up next. Sapp lost in the first round of the tournament via submission to Minowaman but gets another shot replacing the injured Gegard Mousasi.
Bob Sapp charged at Sokoudjou to start the fight but was quickly taken down. Sokoudjou lands some right hands from side-control and pounds him off to finish the fight.
The winner via TKO and finalist for the DREAM Super-Hulk Tournament, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. The final between Sokoudjou and Minowaman is expected to take place on December 31, 2009.
Melchor Barracuda v. Tatsuya Kawajiri in a 155 lbs. contest is the next fight on the card.
Barracuda came out charging at Kawajiri and landed a good right hand before being clinched up. Kawajiri took his opponent down and worked some punches out of Barracuda’s half guard. Kawajiri managed to pass guard and worked the ground-n-pound in full mount. Kawajiri smashed into his opponent with a flurry of left and right hands forcing the referee to put a halt to the bout.
The winner via first round TKO, Tatsuya Kawajiri. After the fight, Kawajiri took the microphone and challenged the winner of the Joachim Hansen- Shinya Aoki title bout set for later in the card. Kawajiri said he’d like to fight for the 155 lbs. title at the Dynamite! New Year’s Eve show.
A promo package is shown for DREAM 12 featuring Allistair Overeem, Marius Zaromskis and the debut of DREAM’s six-sided white cage set for October 25.
Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams versus the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba in a middleweight bout is up next. Sakuraba comes to the ring with a very cool and elaborate entrance, definitely youtube worthy.
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Sakuraba lands some hard leg kicks in the first minute of the bout. Sakuraba shoots in for a single-leg and gets into side control. Sakuraba lands several punches in side-control to set up the kimura which he then locks in for the submission.
The winner via first round submission, Kazushi Sakuraba.
Joachim Hansen defends his DREAM lightweight (155 lbs.) title against Shinya Aoki in the semi-main event. The Japanese and Norwegian national anthems are played before the bout to honor the competitors and their home countries.
Joachim Jansen scores with a right hook but is clinched up and taken down by Shinya Aoki into side mount. Hansen gets Aoki into his guard and manages to stand up but Aoki takes him down again near the ropes. The referee repositions the fighters in the middle of the ring and Aoki hits short hammer-fists as he tries to pass the half guard. Aoki stands up and is hit with a huge up-kick that hurts him and the referees call for a time-out to the fight. After a replay, it appears Hansen hit Aoki with an up-kick to the groin just before hitting his head which is causing this pause to the fight. With five minutes elapsed in the first round we have a five minute time-out given to Aoki to recover. The fight resumes with Aoki in Hansen’s guard. Joachim Hansen stays busy on the bottom throwing punches to Aoki’s face and kicks to the body. Hansen wraps his legs around Aoki’s arm and attempts a submission but Aoki spins and attempts a toe-hold. After some amazing grappling, Aoki stands up but Hansen takes his back. Aoki reverses the position and takes Hansen down. Hansen continues kicks to Aoki’s back from the bottom and hits an up-kick when Aoki tries to posture. Aoki recovers and stays in Hansen’s guard but continues to take punches from the top position as the round comes to a close. Shinya Aoki spent the majority of the round from the top position but Hansen appears to be inflicting more damage.
Shinya Aoki takes Joachim Hansen down to start the second round. Aoki cannot pass the rubber guard of Joachim Hansen as the champion continues to land punches from the bottom. The refere stands the fighters and issues them both yellow cards for inactivity. Aoki rushes in for the takedown and eats a high-knee in the process but still manages to score the double-leg takedown near the ropes. Once repositioned in the middle of the ring, Aoki passes into the full mount and attempts a guillotine choke which Hansen escapes. Aoki transitions into an armbar attempt which Hansen calmly tries to escape but Aoki rolls with him and bends his opponent’s arm forcing the tap out. Shiya Aoki gets the submission victory with under 1 minute remaining in a fight that he may have been losing on the judges scorecard.
Shinya Aoki becomes the first ever Japanese-born DREAM champion with a submission victory via armbar over Joachim Hansen.
The emotional new champion, Shinya Aoki apologized for what he called a boring fight and said that “it’s not UFC, it’s DREAM.”
Hiroyuki Takaya v. Bibiano Fernandes in the DREAM Featherweight Grand Prix Final is the main event. The Brazilian and Japanese national anthems are played before this 145 lbs. championship bout.
Takaya scores with a right hand a knee strike before a takedown attempt by Fernandes which Takaya avoids. Fernandes jumps guard and tries an armbar but Takaya escapes and gets to his feet. Fernandes landed a big right hook and followed up with a takedown. Takaya stands up but Fernandes jumps on his back and gets his hooks in on Takaya. Hiroyuki Takaya backs up with Fernandes into the corner and holds him there until the referee seperates them. Takaya lands an overhand right and several kicks to Fernandes’ left leg. Fernandes scores a takedown but Takaya stands up and the fighters continue to box. Takaya scored a big left hook that rocked Fernandes but he recovers and attempts a takedown that is stuffed. Takaya works his jab while a cut becomes apparent above the right eye of Bibiano Fernandes as the round comes to a close.
Bibiano Fernandes lands some big punches to start the second round including one that drops his opponent. Fernandes takes Takaya’s back jumping in with hooks to attempts a choke. Takaya once again backs into the corner to force the referee to seperate the fighters. Takaya lands a few nice left hooks that do not seem to faze Hernandes. These two fighters have spent the final 90 seconds of the fight slugging it out, dishing it out and takig it. Very impressive performance by both men. The first judge rules the fight for Bibiano Fernandes, the second rules for Takaya and the third judge rules for Bibiano Fernandes.
The winner via split decision and new DREAM Featherweight (145lbs.) champion, Bibiano Fernandes.