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*RESULTS* and Fight report - DREAM.15

July 10, 2010 - by Damon Martin - MMAWeekly.com




Shinya Aoki is back, and at his bone breaking best once again.

The last time Shinya Aoki fought it was an emotional night for the Dream lightweight champion losing a one-sided decision to Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. Like a man on a mission, Aoki returned home to Japan, and then absolutely decimated Tatsuya Kawajiri's ankle to get a submission win.

Aoki wasted no time when the fight started to shoot in on Kawajiri, and he immediately grabbed a leg, and wasn't planning on letting go unless he took Kawajiri's ankle with him. With his grasp wrapping around Kawajiri's ankle like an anaconda going for the kill, Aoki just kept wrenching and wrenching, until his opponent could take no more.

Kawajiri fought as hard as he possibly could, but it looked like his ankle popped, and with a grimacing look on his face, he tapped the canvas in submission. Laying on the mat for a few minutes after the fight was stopped, Kawajiri had to be carried by his team out of the ring in obvious pain from the submission.

Following the fight, Aoki announced that Pride was dead after the fight with Kawajiri, signifying the last two greats from the old Japanese organization closed a chapter on that book.

"I'm going to put Dream on my shoulders, so everybody get on board with me," said Aoki after winning, and announcing his pending nuptials to the crowd in attendance.

The other big announcement coming from Aoki may have shocked a lot of people listening, none so more than his potential opponent.

"I'm going to fight (Gilbert) Melendez again in September," Aoki proclaimed, referencing a possibly Dream 16 rematch with the Strikeforce champion.

Melendez has stated on several occasions that with the birth of his child upcoming, he wanted to take some time off and let his body heal, and spend time with family, while planning on a return at the end of 2010. No word if a fight with Aoki in September is a real possibility or not.

Getting back on the winning track after two losses in a row and several injuries, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante had his hands full with Katsunori Kikuno at Dream 15, but pulled off a split decision victory.

Cavalcante and Kikuno battled to a very even first round with both fighters landing takedowns, and showing their strength when standing. The second round went completely in JZ's favor after taking Kikuno to the mat, and transitioning to mount and then taking his opponent's back.

While Cavalcante couldn't catch the submission, he rode out the better part of the next fight minutes with a body triangle, and working for a rear naked choke. Kikuno survived, but only to come up short on the judges' scorecards. JZ picks up his first win since 2007, and will make his way back home to American for his next fight, which will take place in Strikeforce.

Gegard Mousasi made short work of former UFC fighter Jake O'Brien, catching a standing guillotine choke, just opening seconds into the fight. O'Brien, who came into the fight 7lbs over the limit, shot early and tried to imitate what Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal did in his last fight with Mousasi.

The gameplan backfired when O'Brien couldn't get the takedown, and Mousasi slipped his arm under his opponent's chin, wrenched up the hold and got the tap. Mousasi gets a crack at the Dream light heavyweight title in his next fight in the finals of the Grand Prix.

An unlikely upset took place in the first fight of the Dream light heavyweight Grand Prix as Tatsuya Mizuno hit Melvin Manhoef with a dose of his own kryptonite...the ground game. Mizuno took some heavy shots from Manhoef to start the fight, but he weathered the storm, and worked to get the fight on the mat.

It appeared that Mizuno was going to get a stoppage from strikes on the ground, but Manhoef survived, if only for a few more seconds. Mizuno took a moment, grabbed an arm, and locked on a kimura and Manhoef had no choice but to tap out. Mizuno now moves onto the finals of the light heavyweight Grand Prix, and faces Gegard Mousasi.

Michihiro Omigawa, a former Sengoku fighter now in Dream, made his impact felt in his first fight for the promotion, as he submitted Young Sam Jung with a guillotine from the top midway through the first round.

At 0-2, Jung looked like an easy fight for Omigawa, but he held his own for much of the fight. Omigawa had to battle his way for position, but he eventually overwhelmed his much less experienced opponent, catching the guillotine choke, and forcing the submission.

Omigawa was only signed to a one fight deal with Dream for Saturday's show, but it's expected the promotion will try to keep him around for a longer stay.

Dropping down to featherweight after being a top ten lightweight for much of his career, Mitsuhiro Ishida made an impressive debut at the lower weight as he dominated Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata on Saturday in Dream.

Showcasing his usual wrestling skills, Ishida kept up a relentless pace throughout all 15 minutes, coming close on a few submission attempts, and barely letting Hata breathe. Ishida could now be on the fast track towards a future title shot against Dream featherweight champion Bibiano Fernandes.

A series of yellow cards littered the fight between Kazuhiro Nakamura and Karl Amoussou, in what turned into a tactical ground fight for the most part, Several takedowns and ground control swayed the fight into Nakamura's favor for both the first and second round.

The best striking combination actually came from Nakamura after getting his yellow card with about a minute left in the fight, tagging Amoussou with two solid shots. All three judges gave the fight to Nakamura, who picks up his second win in a row.


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