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Uno drops to featherweight, returns at DREAM.16; Aoki wants Melendez next

July 10th, 2010 | Author: MMAJunkie.com
This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com. Copyright: MMAJunkie.com.

Near-14-year veteran Caol Uno will drop to the featherweight division
and compete at DREAM.16 in December.

The 10-time UFC veteran made the announcement at Saturday's DREAM.15
event in Saitama, Japan.

Additionally, DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki informed the crowd
following his win that he'll also be back at DREAM.16, which will take
place in September in Nagoya, Japan. And Aoki wants a second crack at
Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez at the event.



DREAM.15 Quick Results

July 10th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
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Dream15-posterFighting and Entertainment Group’s latest mixed martial arts event, DREAM.15, took place Saturday evening (early morning for North Americans) at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event aired live on HDNet.

Looking to bounce back from a loss, DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki earned a quick submission victory over opponent Tatsuya Kawajiri by sinking in an achilles lock in the early minutes of their bout. After the victory Aoki talked about getting married soon and avenging his loss to Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez in September (Melendez has said he doesn’t expect to fight till later in 2010).

“With our fight, Pride is officially over as of today. Because of Kawajiri, many people have come to see us fight, and I was able to put on this performance. I will get married soon. I’ll make her happy, and [with this fight] I have made everyone happy. Thank you very much… I failed Dream in April (in the Melendez fight), but I will bring our dream back again. See me again in Nagoya, in September!”

(quoted via Tony Loiseleur via BloodyElbow.com)

The event also featured the opening round of DREAM’s Light-Heavyweight four-man Grand Prix Tournament.

Making their way into the finals were former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, who easily defeated Jake O’Brien via guillotine choke within the first minute, and Tatsuya Mizuno, who submitted K-1 striker Melvin Manhoef with a kimura at 7:38 of Round one.

Lightweight Championship Bout: Shinya Aoki def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via submission (Achilles lock) – R1, 1:53
Lightweight bout: Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. Katsunori Kikuno via split decision
Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round bout: Gegard Mousasi def. Jake O’Brien via submission (guillotine choke) – R1, 0:31
Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Opening Round bout: Tatsuya Mizuno def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (kimura) – R1, 7:38
Featherweight bout: Michihiro Omigawa def. Young Sam Jung via submission (guillotine choke) – R1, 7:31
Featherweight bout: Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata via unanimous decision
Middleweight bout: Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision

DREAM.15 recap: Shinya Aoki stuns Tatsuya Kawajiri in first round

July 10th, 2010 | Author: MMAJunkie.com
This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com. Copyright: MMAJunkie.com.

Even without his magical submission pants, DREAM lightweight champion
Shinya Aoki proved he's still got a few tricks tucked away somewhere in
his fight gear.

The submission ace rebounded from a horrific loss in April to Gilbert
Melendez in stunning fashion and submitted fellow Japanese superstar
Tatsuya Kawajiri in less than two minutes.

The attraction served as the main event of DREAM.15, which aired live
in North America on HDNet early Saturday morning. The card took place at
the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.



DREAM.15 Weigh-In Results and Video

July 9th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
This article was originally published at Five Ounces of Pain. Copyright: Five Ounces of Pain.

DREAM.15 is all set to take place from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on July 10, as all fighters, with the exception of Jake O’Brien, have successfully made weight.

O’Brien is/was slated to take on Gegard Mousasi in the opening round of a light heavyweight grand prix before failing to make the contracted weight limit. Ricco Rodriguez has been mentioned as a possible replacement in the bout.

Also taking part on the card will be Shinya Aoki taking on Tatsuya Kawajiri in a lightweight bout, while Melvin Manhoef, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and Karl Amoussou are set to return to action as well.

A full list of weigh-in results for the event are below, followed by a video:

155 lbs.: Shinya Aoki (70 kg / 154.3 lbs) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (70 kg / 154.3 lbs)

155 lbs.: Gesias Cavalcante (70 kg / 154.3 lbs) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (70 kg / 154.3 lbs)

205 lbs.: Kazuhiro Nakamura (83.8 kg / 184.7 lbs) vs. Karl Amoussou (83.5 kg / 184 lbs)

145 lbs.: Michihiro Omigawa (64.8 kg / 142.9 lbs) vs. Young Sam Jung (64.8 kg / 142.9 lbs)

155 lbs.: Mitsuhiro Ishida (65 kg / 143.3 lbs) vs. Daiki Hata (65 kg / 143.3 lbs)

205 lbs.: Melvin Manhoef (90 kg / 198.4 lbs) vs. Tatsuya Mizuno (92.5 kg / 203.9 lbs)

205 lbs.: Gegard Mousasi (93 kg / 205 lbs) vs. Jake O’Brien (missed weight)

DREAM.15 weigh-in results: Headliners Aoki and Kawajiri on weight

July 9th, 2010 | Author: MMAJunkie.com
This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com. Copyright: MMAJunkie.com.

Weigh-ins for Saturday's DREAM.15 event took place today in Saitama, Japan.

Lightweight champion Shinya Aoki and fellow co-headliner Tatsuya Kawajiri both made weight, though light-heavyweight grand-prix participant Jake O'Brien missed weight on his first attempt.

DREAM.15 takes place Saturday at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama,
Japan. The event airs live in the U.S. on HDNet (3 a.m. ET).



Alistair Overeem vs. Ricco Rodriguez set for DREAM.15

June 30th, 2010 | Author: Five Ounces of Pain
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A heavyweight fight between Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez is on-tap for DREAM.15. The heavyweight bout is the fifth fight announced for the promotion’s July card.

The news of the bout comes courtesy of a recent report at MMAJunkie.com.

“The Demolition Man” demolished another victim in his last fight as he steamrolled though Brett Rogers with little resistance in his first title defense since defeating Paul Buentello in 2007. The victory was his eighth in nine fights, seven of which have ended in the first round. His only blemish since the title win was a no-contest against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at Dream 6, a fight that saw numerous groin shots spoil the contest between the two.

Rodriguez is still on the comeback trial and has shown remarkable poise facing and overcoming substance abuse issues while slimming down significantly over the last year. Riding a seven fight winning streak, Rodriguez holds victories over Andrei Arlovski, Jeff Monson and Randy Couture. If Rodriguez can manage to pull off an upset or be competitive with Overeem, it should get the notice of a promotion like the UFC, Strikeforce or even Bellator for their upcoming heavyweight tournament.

DREAM.15 will go down on July 10 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

DREAM.15 To Showcase Gegard Mousasi Vs. Jake O’Brien

June 29th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
This article was originally published at TheMMANews.com. Copyright: TheMMANews.com.

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Former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi will make his return to the ring after his loss to King Mo Lawal in April, taking on Jake O’Brien at DREAM.15 from the Saitama Super Arena In Saitama, Japan. The bout is scheduled for July 10, this according to MMAFighting.

Mousasi is coming off a tough loss to King Mo, his first after having amassed 15 consecutive victories. Look for Mousasi to make a strong statement against O’Brien.

O’Brien, a former UFC fighter who last lost to UFC top prospect Jon Jones, is considered a very good test for Mousasi and has faced some big name fighters during his career.

This should be a good challenge for both fighters, with mixed martial arts fans sure to want to see if Mousasi can return to his winning ways.

Here’s the DREAM.15 card as it currently stands:

Lightweight Championship bout: Shinya Aoki vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Lightweight bout: Gesias Cavalcante vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-final: Melvin Manhoef vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-final: Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O’Brien[1]

HDNet carries DREAM.15, Aoki vs. Kawajiri title fight live on July 10

June 29th, 2010 | Author: MMAJunkie.com
This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com. Copyright: MMAJunkie.com.

HDNet will carry a live broadcast of next week's DREAM.15 event for North American audience.

The July 10 event takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

A lightweight title fight between champion Shinya Aoki and challenger Tatsuya Kawajiri headlines the show, which also features the start of the organization's light-heavyweight grand prix.



Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O’Brien completes DREAM.15 light-heavyweight grand prix

June 28th, 2010 | Author: MMAJunkie.com
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Gegard Mousasi and Jake O'Brien have verbally agreed to meet at DREAM.15 in the promotion's scaled-down light-heavyweight grand prix.

MMAjunkie.com confirmed the fight Monday morning from sources close to the event, who said that while contracts have not been signed, the bout is expected to be finalized shortly.

DREAM.15 takes place July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and features the opening round of the four-man tournament.



MMA Updates From Japan

June 20th, 2010 | Author: TheMMANews.com
This article was originally published at TheMMANews.com. Copyright: TheMMANews.com.

japanese_flagWith so many fights happening this past week, Strikeforce: LA, Bellator 22, TUF 11 Finale, and WEC 49, it’s easy to forget that there are some excellent promotions across the ocean in Japan.

The DREAM promotion updated it’s DREAM.15 card with a couple of bouts. The weigh-ins for World Victory Road’s latest Sengoku Raiden Championship event, SVR 13, took place on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. A women’s event completed itself on Saturday with Valkrye 6, culminating with a flyweight championship bout between Naoko Omuro vs. Yasuko Tamada.

DREAM.15 will host the promotions opening round of it’s four-man Grand Prix tournament to determine it’s first-ever light-heavyweight champ, will see K-1 kickboxer Melvin Manhoef (24-7-1) take on Tatsuya Mizuno (7-5). Also announced was a lightweight matchup between Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (14-3-1) vs. Katsunori Kikuno (13-2-1).

DREAM.15 will take place on July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. HDNet will carry the event for fans in North America. You can see the current DREAM.15 card near the bottom of the post.

World Victory Roads Sunday event, Sengoku Raiden Championship 13, will see a featherweight title fight and the opening round of it’s welterweight grand prix tournament. The weigh-ins took place on Saturday at East 21 Hotel in Toyocho, Tokyo. The actual event will take place in Tokyo’s Ryogoku Kokugikan, also known as Sumo Hall, and will be shown on HDNet in North America on June 25.

Defending his Sengoku featherweight title will be Masanori Kanehara (65.7kg) who takes on Marlon Sandro (65.7kg). The full weigh-in results and event match ups can be found near the bottom of the page.

The womens event, Valkyrie 6, took place on June 19 at the Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan and featured five female bouts. Yasuko Tamada picked up her thenth victory as well as the Valkrye flyweight title after earning a unanimous decision over Naoko Omuro.

Keeping her record unbeaten at 7-0, was Rin Nakai who defeated Megumi Yabushita, who holds 36 professional fights under her belt, via unanimous decision. With so few female fighters in the sport of MMA, the 135 pound Nakai could find herself as a potential opponent of Strikeforce bantamweight Strikeforce champ Sarah Kaufman.

The full results from the Valkyrie 6 event can be found at the end of the post.

Props to MMAFighting.com for providing updates on the Japanese events.

DREAM.15

Lightweight title bout: Shinya Aoki vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Lightweight bout: Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Light-heavyweight tournament:
– Melvin Manhoef vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
– Gegard Mousasi

Sengoku Raiden Championship 13

SRC featherweight title fight: Masanori Kanehara (65.7 kg) vs. Marlon Sandro (65.7 kg)
Light-heavyweight bout: Hiroshi Izumi (92.5 kg) vs. Chang Seob Lee (92.2 kg)
Welterweight: Yasubey Enomoto (76.8 kg) vs. Sanae Kikuta (77.1 kg)
Lightweight: Maximo Blanco (70.2 kg) vs. Rodrigo Damm (70.2 kg)
SRC welterweight GP opening round:
– Omar de la Cruz (76.9 kg) vs. Keita “K-Taro” Nakamura (76.7 kg)
– Jae Sun Lee (77.1 kg) vs. Takuya Wada (77 kg)
Featherweight: Shigeki Osawa (65.7 kg) vs. Katsuya Toida (65.8 kg)
Featherweight: Doo Ho Choi (65.8 kg) vs. Ikuo Usuda (65.7 kg)
Light-heavyweight: Hidetada Irie (92.7 kg) vs. Ryo Kawamura (92.3 kg)

Valkyrie 6

Valkyrie flyweight title bout: Yasuko Tamada def. Naoko Omuro via unanimous decision
Rin Nakai def. Megumi Yabushita via unanimous decision
Ayame Miura def. Mutsumi Kasai via unanimous decision
Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama def. Megumi Morioka via TKO (referee stoppage) – R2, 2:20
“Butterfly Knife” Yuka def. Kimie “Sakura” Okada via unanimous decision


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