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We will be going live at 3:00 AM ET with live results of this morning’s DREAM.6 event, which takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Those in North America will be able to watch the event live on HDNet. A replay of the show will air at 4:00 PM ET later today.
DREAM.6 will feature the final round of the promotion’s inaugural grand prix. Melvin Manhoef will take on Gegard Mousasi and Zelg Galesic will face Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza with the two winners meeting in the show’s finale. Mirko Filipovic and Alistair Overeem will meet in an anticipated grudge match that will serve as the co-main event.
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Round 1: Nakahara lands a hard leg kick to start the bout. Yoon ducks a high kick and muscles Nakahara up against the ropes. Yoon pins him in the corner and then pulls guard. Nakahara stands up and the referee forces Yoon to stand up as well. Yoon grazes Nakahara with an overhand right. Yoon follows up with a left and then takes Nakahara down. Nakahara tries for a gogoplata but Yoon escapes and moves into Nakahara’s half-guard. Yoon attempts an Ezekiel choke with his gi. It’s not very tight and Yoon eventually lets go after about a minute. Yoon lays in Nakahara’s half-guard and begins to pound away with unanswered punches. Yoon attempts another Ezekiel choke but Nakahara scrambles and gets back to his feet. Nakahara lands two side kicks and then a high kick that stuns Yoon. Nakahara lands a knee that forces Yoon to shoot for a takedown. Nakahara stuffs it and knees Yoon in the head until the end of the round.
Round 2: Yoon stalks Nakahara to begin the fight and they partake in a wild exchange that sees Nakahara drop Yoon. Nakahara pounces on him and pounds away with a number of unanswered strikes until the referee moves in and stops the fight. The stoppage comes at the 0:30 mark of round two. If either of the Middleweight Grand Prix finalists are unable to fight later in the show, Nakahara will serve as an injury replacement.
Winner: Andrews Nakahara - TKO (Strikes)
Round 1: Mousasi throws a leg kick and jab to start things off. Manhoef misses with a leg kick and Mousasi shoots in for a takedown. He momentarily gets Manhoef down but Manhoef springs back up. Mousasi stays clinched with him and eventually muscles him to the canvas. Mousasi takes his back but Manhoef scrambles and lands on top of Mousasi. Mousasi immediately transitions to a triangle and locks it in. Manhoef picks Mousasi up, holds him up for a few seconds, and then slams him to the canvas. Mousasi keeps the triangle locked in and Manhoef is forced to tap out. The submission comes at 1:28 of the first round. Mousasi easily punches his ticket to the finals of DREAM’s inaugural middleweight grand prix.
Winner: Gegard Mousasi - Submission (Triangle)
Round 1: After a brief feeling-out period, Souza rushes Galesic with jabs. Souza catches a Galesic body kick and takes him to the ground. He quickly moves to side control and isolates Galesic’s arm while peppering him with punches. Souza mounts Galesic but Galesic sweeps him and lands on top. Souza immediately swings up for an armbar and gets it, quickly forcing Galesic to tap at 1:27 of round one. Souza now joins Mousasi in the finals of the middleweight tournament later on.
Winner: Ronaldo Souza - Submission (Armbar)
Round 1: Martins lands a leg kick to start the action. Nakamura misses with a few straight punches. Nakamura counters a Martins leg kick with a right hook. Martins rushes Nakamura with a flurry and drops him with a wild right. Martins gets on top of Nakamura but then decides to stand up. The referee forces Nakamura to do the same. Another intense exchange on the feet follows. Martins cracks Nakamura with a 1-2 combination and then tries a jumping front kick. Nakamura takes Martins down and lands some hammer fists in half-guard. An exchange on the ground causes a cut under Nakamura’s left eye. The referee has the ringside doctors look at the cut and Nakamura is permitted to continue. Nakamura backs Martins up with a pair of jabs. Martins tries a jumping knee. They clinch and are separated by the referee. Nakamura begins to pick Martins apart with his right jab. Martins pins him into the corner until they are separated by the referee. They exchange combinations until the end of the round.
Round 2: Nakamura and Martins clinch to start the second round and move into the corner, where they are quickly separated by the referee. Nakamura lands another series of jabs and they clinch again. Nakamura trips Martins to the canvas but Martins quickly stands up. Another clinch in the corner is broken. Nakamura continues to land the right jab. Nakamura shoots for a takedown but Martins avoids it. Nakamura snaps Martins’ head back with the right jab multiple times. Martins misses a jumping kick. Martins desperately swings away with punches during the final seconds of the fight. MMA on Tap scores the fight for Nakamura. Two out of the three judges score the bout for Nakamura as well, awarding him a questionable split decision that should have easily been unanimous.
Winner: Keita Nakamura - Split Decision
Round 1: Ambriz moves forward with some sloppy jabs and Kharitonov counters him with a left cross that drops Ambriz. He looks to be down and out but bounces right back up and tries for a takedown. Kharitonov holds onto the ropes and is issued a yellow card by the referee. The bout is restarted and Ambriz lands a couple of leg kicks. Kharitonov lands a hard body shot and then another. Kharitonov stalks Ambriz and wobbles him with a right hand. Kharitonov continues to rock Ambriz with punches. Kharitonov drops Ambriz with another combination and Ambriz quickly taps out. The referee moves in and waves off the bout at the 2:15 mark of the first stanza.
Winner: Sergei Kharitonov - Submission (Strikes)
Round 1: Both fighters exchange jabs to start things off. Yamamoto lands a straight right. Yamamoto blasts Tokoro with a right hand and sends him falling to the mat. Yamamoto pounces on him but Tokoro quickly pulls a tight guard and regains his composure. Tokoro uses an armbar attempt to flip over Yamamoto and stand back up. Yamamoto stings Tokoro with a jab. Tokoro grabs Yamamoto with the Muay Thai plumb but Yamamoto lands a combination that forces Tokoro to let go. Tokoro attempts a flying armbar and then pulls Yamamoto to the ground. Yamamoto lands some punches and then stands, bringing Tokoro with him. Yamamoto lands two quick lefts. Tokoro responds with a right and trips Yamamoto with a leg kick. Yamamoto rocks Tokoro with a right and causes blood to pour out of his nose. Yamamoto stuns Tokoro with a left hook but Tokoro flops to the ground and pulls guard, where he stays until the end of the round.
Round 2: Yamamoto pumps the jab to start the round. Tokoro lands a right and follows with a rolling bicycle kick that nearly catches Yamamoto as they go to the ground. Tokoro keeps a tight guard. Ringside doctors are asked to look at Tokoro’s nose and he is permitted to continue. The bout is restarted on the ground again but they quickly stand. Tokoro misses with a left, allowing Yamamoto to score a takedown. They stand once more but Yamamoto takes Tokoro down again. Yamamoto lands some punches and Tokoro reverses position. Tokoro fights for an armbar throughout the last minute of the fight but is unable to fully extend the hold, as Yamamoto defends until the final bell. MMA on Tap scores the fight for Yamamoto and all three judges do the same.
Winner: Atsushi Yamamoto - Unanimous Decision
Round 1: Minowa catches a spinning kick by Funaki and takes him down. They scramble on the ground and Funaki attempts a leg lock. Minowa gets out of it and tries to grab one of Funaki’s legs but Funaki switches to a heel hook. Minowa tries to fight it but Funaki cranks and forces Minowa to tap out while screaming in pain. The fight is over in just 32 seconds.
Winner: Masakatsu Funaki - Submission (Heel Hook)
During intermission, Fedor Emelianenko’s entrance music hits and he walks to the ring. He is handed a microphone and mentions that he hopes to be fighting on DREAM’s New Year’s Eve show at the end of the year. He says that he would be interested in fighting 2008 judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishi, who called him out months ago. HDNet’s Ron Kruck reports that DREAM officials may be attempting to match Fedor up against the winner of today’s heavweight showdown between Mirko Filipovic and Alistair Overeem.
Round 1: Sakurai misses with a spinning back fist in the opening seconds. They exchange leg kicks. Sakurai misses with an overhand right and Hironaka shoots for a takedown. Sakurai stuffs it but is soon tripped to the mat. Hironaka stands up in Sakurai’s guard and drops some punches before falling back down. They are stood up and Sakurai lands a body shot. Sakurai avoids a Hironaka takedown attempt and lands a straight right. Sakurai hurts Hironaka with two thundering leg kicks. Sakurai slips after attempting another leg kick and Hironaka jumps on top of him. Hironaka stays aggressive with a ground-and-pound attack. Hironaka illegally stomps Sakurai in the face while he is still down on the canvas. The bout is stopped and Hironaka is issued a warning. The two exchange body shots when the fight is restarted. Sakurai scores with an uppercut and straight right before the end of the round.
Round 2: Hironaka rushes Sakurai and scores a takedown to begin the second round. In the corner, Hironaka reaches through the ropes to punch Sakurai. The bout is restarted in the center of the ring where they scramble and stand. Sakurai clinches and throws Hironaka to the canvas. Hironaka stands and eats a left. Both fighters stun each other during an exchange. Sakurai shakes off another Hironaka takedown attempt. Sakurai starting to land punches at will. Sakurai lands two knees in the clinch and then drops Hironaka with a left hook. Sakurai pounces on Hironaka but is unable to finish him before the bell. MMA on Tap scores the fight for Sakurai and the judges follow suit.
Winner: Hayato Sakurai - Unanimous Decision
Round 1: Tonooka and Akiyama feel each other out to start the bout. Tonooka charges forward with a flurry but Akiyama avoids it. Tonooka misses with a jumping left hook. Akiyama fires an uppercut from underneath and then tosses Tonooka to the mat. Akiyama quickly moves to side control and eventually traps Tonooka in a crucifix. Akiyama punches away at a defenseless Tonooka before switching to a kimura attempt that Tonooka defends. Akiyama tries for an armbar but Tonooka again gets out of the hold. Akiyama mounts Tonooka and uses an armbar attempt to take his back. Tonooka bucks Akiyama off him and stands but Akiyama quickly takes him back down. Akiyama mounts Tonooka again and then locks in an armbar that forces him to tap out. The fight ends at the 6:26 mark of round one.
Winner: Yoshihiro Akiyama - Submission (Armbar)
Round 1: Moore blocks an Aoki body kick to start the fight. Aoki shoots for a takedown but Moore stuffs it. They clinch against the ropes and Aoki quickly takes Moore’s back while they are still standing. Moore backs into the corner and Aoki locks in a rear naked choke. Aoki locks Moore’s hips and sits him down on the canvas where he is forced to tap out via neck crank. The stoppage comes at 1:10 of round one.
Winner: Shinya Aoki - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Round 1: Overeem throws Cro Cop to the mat seconds into the fight. Overeem opens up a cut near Cro Cop’s right eye. The referee stops the bout to have the ringside doctors look at the cut. Cro Cop receives a yellow card for stalling and the bout is restarted on the ground. Cro Cop pushes Overeem away and the referee stands them up. Cro Cop lands a leg kick and follows up with a high kick that is caught by Overeem, who tosses Cro Cop to the mat. The fight is paused again to allow doctors to check Cro Cop’s cut before starting again. Cro Cop looks to the referee after it hit him in the groin but the fight isn’t stopped. Overeem throws a few more knees that strike Cro Cop’s groin again. The fight is paused to allow him to recover. Overeem continues with knees in the clinch once the bout is restarted and once again, Cro Cop is struck in the groin. The bout is paused again and Overeem is given a yellow card by the referee.
After a lengthy 7-8 minute delay, the referee is handed a microphone and announces that Cro Cop has been deemed unable to continue and the fight is ruled a no-contest. Bas Rutten reports that Cro Cop’s corner believes he has a very serious groin injury. Overeem apologizes to the crowd after the fight.
Round 1: The two measure the distance to start the tournament final. Souza shoots in for a takedown but Mousasi avoids it. Souza clinches with Mousasi up against the ropes and then slams him down. Mousasi keeps a tight guard until he kicks Souza off of him. Souza stands and then dives down with a few hard punches. Mousasi catches Souza with an upkick that knocks him out. Mousasi follows up with a couple short punches before the referee steps in, making Mousasi DREAM’s first-ever middleweight grand prix winner. The stoppage comes at 2:15 of round one.
Winner: Gegard Mousasi - KO (Upkick)