September 25, 2010 by Post Team
Dream 16, Tagged as a heavy favorite entering the fight Tatsuya Mizuno, powerful striker Gegard Mousasi used his equally dangerous fighting game to claim victory and the title of the first light DREAM champion.
Mousasi needed a little over six minutes to complete the work in the main event DREAM.16.
With a lineup of entertainment 10 fight was broadcast live in North America on HDNet, DREAM.16 was held Sept. 25 at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan.
For his part, Mizuno, simply refused to surrender the title and Mousasi offered few moments of concern. An armbar kimura attempt and every promise, but Mousasi was able to slip free of both efforts. Mizuno also landed a few solid leg kick to beat feet, but nothing compared to the shots landed by “Dreamcatcher.”
Mizuno briefly won first place in the final sequence of the fight, but Mousasi cleverly took the back and locked in a deep rear-nkd choke forcing the tap.
Mousasi (03.01.1930 MMA, 7-0 DREAM), former heavyweight champion, Strikeforce, also on DREAM middleweight title in 2008. Mizuno (8-6 MMA, 1-2 DREAM) is a three-fight win streak snapped.
Ishida (06.01.1920 MMA, 4-1 DREAM) has won two straight wins, while Nishiura (01.06.1911 MMA, DREAM 1-2) fell to 1-2 in his last three games.
In the first contest of the card, great British heavyweight James Thompson arrived just before his attempt to break a run of two defeats. While mounting said twice in the final frame against 37 pounds lighter Yusuke Kawaguchi, dominance was not enough to erase the deficit in “The Colossus” accumulated in the first round.
A last-minute replacement for Minowa, who was transferred to fight with Ishii, Kawaguchi beat his opponent to strike early and often in the first 10 minutes and was awarded a split decision victory for their efforts.
Kawaguchi (12-2 MMA, 1-0 DREAM) is recovering from a decision loss to Mariusz Pudzianowski in May and has now won four of their last five games. Meanwhile, Thompson (15-14 MMA, 0-2 WEC) has tasted victory once in his last nine fights and is just 3-12 since 2005.
* Set Gegard Mousasi. Tatsuya Mizuno via submission (rear-nkd choke) – Round 1, 6:10 (to win the vacant light heavyweight title)
* Jason “Mayhem” Miller def. Kazushi Sakuraba via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:09
* Shinya Aoki def. Marcus Aurelio by unanimous decision
* Satoshi Ishii def. Ikuhisa Minowa via unanimous decision
* Hiroyuki Takaya def. Chase Beebe by knockout (strikes) R1 1:45
* Michihiro Omigawa def. Cole Escovedo by submission (armbar reverse) – Round 1, 2:29
* Set Joachim Hansen. Hideo Tokoro via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:48
* Kazuyuki Miyata def. Takeshi Inoue by unanimous decision
* Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Akiyo Nishiura via split decision
* Yusuke Kawaguchi def. James Thompson via split decision
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