Hideo Tokoro. Photo courtesy of DREAM.
Hideo Tokoro bested fellow submission specialist Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision to win DREAM's inaugural bantamweight grand prix tournament at the organization's "Fight for Japan: Japan Grand Prix Final" event on Saturday at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.
A pair of title defenses also took place: Hiroyuki Takaya grinded out a hard-fought split decision win over former Olympic wrestler Kazuyuki Miyata and Gegard Mousasi took out challenger Hiroshi Izumi in quick and impressive fashion, scoring a first round stoppage of the Japanese judoka.
Another notable winners on the card included world-ranked lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri, DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and DREAM bantamweight grand prix third-place winner Kenji Osawa.
Complete results from the event:
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Kazuyuki Miyata - Split Decision
Hideo Tokoro def. Masakazu Imanari - Unanimous Decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Hiroshi Izumi - TKO (Punches), R1, 3:29
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Drew Fickett - TKO (Punches), R1, 4:41
Kenji Osawa def. Keisuke Fujiwara - Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Trevor Prangley - KO (Knee to the Body), R1, 4:41
Marius Zaromskis def. Eiji Ishikawa Decision - Unanimous Decision
Eiji Mitsuoka def. Bruno Carvalho Decision - Unanimous Decision