Takeshi Yamazaki

Fight of the Day: Mike Brown vs Takeshi Yamazaki

From DEEP’s “21st Impact” event in October 2005, here’s Mike Thomas Brown vs Takeshi Yamazaki. Round one is above and rounds two and three are after the jump.

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Hansen Claims DREAM’s Lightweight GP

Joachim Hansen. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

Joachim Hansen was the surprise winner of DREAM’s inaugural lightweight grand prix this morning, avenging a past loss to Shinya Aoki by knocking out the skilled grappler in the tournament finals despite starting the night as a reserve.

In a dramatic turn of events, Hansen was pushed into the lightweight title main event after Eddie Alvarez was unable to compete due to injury. During the first few minutes of his battle against Aoki, it looked as if Hansen was about to fall victim to another submission loss once again, just as he did against Aoki at PRIDE Shockwave 2006 a few years back.

However the tide turned once Hansen landed a strong left hand while falling back to Aoki’s guard. The punch hurt Aoki, allowing Hansen to bomb away with unanswered right hands until Aoki stopped responding and referee Yuji Shimada was forced to stop the bout. An elated Hansen jumped into the arms of his corner. After composing himself, Hansen was quick to push for a rematch of his war against Alvarez earlier this year as his first official title defense.

“This still has to sink in a little,” Hansen said after the fight. “I am the sort of person who takes one thing at a time, so I concentrated on Kultar Gill (whom Hansen defeated via TKO earlier in the night) and felt a little strange going into the final match, so I took my time and looked for the right chance to strike. I had a great night, thanks to my team and everybody who helped me, and next time I hope to defend my title against Eddie Alvarez.”

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DREAM.5 Live Results

We will be going live at 2:00 AM ET with live results of tomorrow morning’s DREAM.5 event, which will take place at the Osaka Castle Hall in Japan. Those in North America will be able to watch the event live on HDNet tomorrow morning at 2 AM ET. It will air again via tape delay at 10 PM ET as well.

The show features the final round of the promotion’s inaugural lightweight grand prix - Eddie Alvarez, Caol Uno, Shinya Aoki, and Tatsuya Kawajiri will battle it out in a four-man tournament with the winners facing off for the GP title in the night’s main event. Additional featured bouts include a slugfest between Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem as well as a lightweight tourney reserve bout between Joachim Hansen and “Black Mamba” Kultar Gill.

Be sure to leave comments throughout the morning. Detailed live results are after the jump.

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Two Bouts Finalize Monday’s DREAM.5 Card

Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of FEG.

Two additional bouts have been added to Monday’s DREAM.5 event in Japan, finalizing a card which will feature the finals of the promotion’s inaugural lightweight grand prix. Those in North America will be able to watch the event live on HDNet tomorrow morning at 2 AM ET. It will air again via tape delay at 10 PM ET as well.

Urijah-Faber trained Joe Benavidez, who was originally slated to take on pound-for-pound phenom Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, will go up against Shooto veteran Junya “Kodo” Kudo. Bendavidez is undefeated in seven professional fights, last submitting Maurice Eazel at a Palace Fighting Championship event in May. Kudo suffered his first career loss in June, dropping an unanimous decision to So Tazawa.

Yamamoto was forced to withdraw from the show after suffering a knee injury during a recent training session. A failed flying knee attempt caused an awkward landing and the sound of a pop inside of Kid’s right leg. An MRI shows that Yamamoto suffered a partial tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament, however it won’t be determined whether surgery is necessary or not until sometime next week.

“It’s unfortunate that Kid got injured and I want to thank my opponent for taking the fight on short notice,” Benavidez at the pre-fight press conference yesterday in Japan. “I am focused on the opponent I have now, and I just want to go in and get the win.”

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Tokoro Involved in Car Accident

Hideo Tokoro. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

Longtime K-1 veteran Hideo Tokoro was involved in a minor car accident earlier this week that may put his scheduled bout against former DEEP title challenger Takeshi Yamazaki at Monday’s DREAM.5 event in Japan in jeopardy.

According to Sherdog.com’s Jordan Breen, citing Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun, Tokoro’s vehicle was stuck in traffic in Tokyo Wednesday afternoon when he was hit from behind by an oncoming automobile. Tokoro suffered a mild waist and back injury and was hospitalized as a precautionary measure but quickly released.

The bruising from his injury will reportedly only take a week for Tokoro to recover from, but his bout against Yamazaki now remains in doubt being that the event is less than a handful of days away.

DREAM parent company Fight Entertainment Group has yet to make a public statement about the matter. Breen was able to discover through an official at Japanese promotion ZST that Tokoro’s camp is “optimistic” in terms of whether or not he will be able to fight next week. Fight Opinion’s Zach Arnold states that FEG officials will likely make a decision tomorrow concerning Tokoro’s participation at the event.

Tokoro-Yamazaki Added to DREAM.5

Hideo Tokoro attempts to submit Brad Pickett with a heel hook. Photo courtesy of Fight Entertainment Group.

A featherweight bout between K-1 veteran Hideo Tokoro and former DEEP title challenger Takeshi Yamazaki has been added to the undercard for Monday’s DREAM.5 event, which will take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

The promotion officially announced the fight earlier today.

Tokoro turned heads at the DREAM middleweight grand prix quarterfinals in May, winning a hard-fought unanimous decision over Strikeforce veteran Darren Uyenoyama in one of ‘08’s current ‘fight of the year’ candidates. Prior to that, he was submitted by Kiyoshi Tamura at K-1 Premium Dynamite!! 2007 on New Year’s Eve.

Yamazaki, who has fought primarily in DEEP and Shooto, is currently riding a four-fight winning streak that extends back to February of last year. He most recently won an unanimous decision over Shoji Maruyama at DREAM.3 in May and submitted Daiki Ozaki with a rear naked choke at a February Cage Force show.

Diaz-Inoue Finalizes DREAM’s Third Effort

Nick Diaz. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

With a scheduled lightweight bout between Nick Diaz and Katsuya Inoue now seemingly set to happen once again, the fight card for DREAM’s second effort in as many weeks is now complete.

The event, which will once again take place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, will be highlighted by the second-round of the promotion’s inaugural lightweight grand prix tournament. Second-round grand prix matchups set to happen include Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luis Buscape, Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Caol Uno, who will be fighting as a late-entrant into the tourney, and Joachim Hansen vs. EliteXC’s Eddie Alvarez.

Take note that Shinya Aoki, who won an unanimous decision over Gesias Calvancante last week, will face Katsuhiko Nagata in the fourth tournament bout at the organization’s June 15th show, thus why only three grand prix bouts are slated for tomorrow morning/night in Japan.

Jason “Mayhem” Miller, who has not fought since avenging a previous loss to Tim Kennedy in December, will take on K-1 Hero’s veteran Katsuyori Shibata, loser of his last three fights.

Those in North America will be able to see the event live on HDNet starting at 3 AM ET. A replay of the event is slated to air at 4 PM ET on Sunday afternoon for those who don’t feel like staying up until the wee hours of the morning to watch the show from Tokyo.

The full card for the event is as follows:

DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix Bouts:

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Luiz Firmino
Mitsuhiro Ishida vs. Caol Uno
Joachim Hansen vs. Eddie Alvarez

Additional Fights:

Jason Miller vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Nick Diaz vs. Katsuya Inoue
Melvin Manhoef vs. Kim Dae Won
Daisuke Nakamura vs. Bukyung Jung
Takeshi Yamazaki vs. Shoji Maruyama