FiveOuncesOfPain.com provided live play-by-play coverage of DREAM.6 early Tuesday morning. The event saw the crowning of DREAM’s first-ever middleweight champion, as Gegard Mousasi was victorious in both the semifinals and finals of the DREAM middleweight Grand Prix.
Mousasi claimed the title after submitting K-1 standout Melvin Manhoef in the first round of the semis followed by a first round knockout over jiu-jitsu black belt Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in the final.
The Armenian-born Mousasi, now a Dutch citizen, has long been considered one of the best pure strikers in the world but has flown under the radar of most mainstream MMA fans. His high-profile tournament victory in Japan on Tuesday could make him a sought-after commodity by major promotions in North America. In the interim, he will represent DREAM as the promotion’s first-ever middleweight champion.
In other matches held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, former PRIDE veteran Hayato Sakurai recorded a a decision victory over former UFC fighter Kuniyoshi Hironaka while a heated heavyweight encounter between Mirko Crop Cop and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem ended in a no contest after Overeem delivered two low blows to Cro Cop.
There was a great deal of trash talk dished out between Cro Cop and Overeem leading up to the fight and the outcome of Tuesday’s bout will no doubt add fuel to the fire.
Below is a full transcript of our live play-by-play from DREAM 6 with complete results.
Play-by-Play written in real-time format –
Dong Sik Yoon vs. Andrews Nakahara
Nakahara starts the fight with a nice high kick. Yoon works the fight to the ground. Yoon opens his guard and Nakahara moves back to his feet. Yoon takes the bout back to the canvas and works from top position. After taking a few minutes of offense, Nakahara escapes backdoor from Yoon’s mount and the fight returns to the feet. Nakahara stuffs a takedown and delivers some brutal knees to the head of Yoon as the first round comes to a close.
Nakahara opens the second frame with a leg kick , followed by a flurry of strikes that knock down Yoon. Yoon is taking shot after shot on the ground, and the ref steps in to save Yoon at the :30 second mark.
WINNER: Andrews Nakahara TKO Round 2– :30
Melvin Manhoef vs. Gegard Mousasi
Mousasi starts the fight with a low kick to set up the takedown, Manhoef shows a good sprawl, but Mousasi drags him down and quickly works a triangle, Manhoef stands up and slams Mousasi, but only makes the triangle tighter………..Manhoef taps. Mousasi advances to the finals without taking as much as one punch.
Winner: Gegard Mousasi Sub ( triangle) Rd 1- 1:28
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Zelg Galesic
Jacare takes the fight to the ground immediately, and moves immediately to side mount. A few blows to the head and Jacare moves to full mount, Galesic reverses position, and Jacare slaps on and immediate arm bar for the win.
Winner: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza Sub ( armbar) Rd 1–1:27
Keita Nakamura vs. Adriano Martins
The fighters circle for a minute, and Nakamura is knocked down by a Martins uppercut. Nakamura is back to his feet and the fight restarts. Martins is all over the place throwing wild shots and a unique half kick, and Nakamura clinches and takes Martins to the ground. Nakamura working from top is attempting to pass guard as Martins is landing strikes from his back. The action slows, and Nakamura begins to land some minor shots from the top. Nakamura’s left eye is cut as a result of shot delivered by Martins from the bottom. The fight is paused for inspection of the cut by ringside doctors. The fight is restarted on the feet and Nakamura comes out much more aggressive. Nakamura is looking sharper standing, as he lands some jabs as Martins counters with some wild uppercut attempts. Nakamura continue to land jabs as the round comes to an end.
The second round begins as first ended with Nakamura landing jabs at will. Martins clinchs with no action and the fight is restarted. Nakamura lands a few more jabs and the fighters clinch. Nakamura gets the fight to the ground briefly but the action quickly returns to the feet. As the round progresses Nakamura continues to land straight jabs. Martins remains off ballance as he eats jab after jab as his face is starting to show some wear. The fighters clinch and the fight comes to an end. Fiveouncesofpain.com scores the bout as a victory for Nakamura, 2 of 3 Judges agree.
Winner Keita Nakamura via Split Decision
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Ambriz starts off fast and eats a shot from Kharitonov that knocks him to the floor. Ambriz back to his feet immediatly. the fight moves to the ropes and a yellow card is issued to Kharitonov for grabbing the ropes. Kharitonov looks sharp on his feet with shots to the body and head. Ambriz is starting to look tired, and is taking more frequent shots. Ambriz is dazed and is knocked to his knees, Kharitonov continues to despense punishment and Ambriz on his knees taps to end the fight.
Winner: Sergei Kharitonov TKO Rd 1-2:15
Hideo Tokoro vs. Atsushi Yamamoto
The action starts quickly and Tokoro looks sharp on his feet early. Yamamoto lands a straight right that takes Tokoro off his feet, Yamamoto pounces and trys to end the fight. Tokoro works from guard and appears recovered. Tokoro escapes bottom and the pair spin back to their feet. The fighters exchange in the stand up with Yamamoto looking relaxed and sharp. After a period of boxing, Tokoro has jumped guard and Yamamoto works top and then decides to stand up. The pair continue to box with Yamamoto landing the better of the punches. Tokoro’s nose in now bleeding heavy, but the fighter gets the fight back to the ground. The round ends with Tokoro holding on from bottom position.
The action starts off fast, as Tokoro comes out much more aggressive. The fight goes to the ground as the result of a spinning kick with Yamamoto working from the top position, but the is paused so the doctor can inspect Takoro’s nose. The fight is restarted from the ground but both fighters quickly work back to the feet. Yamamoto shoots and takes the fight back to the ground and after a scramble, both fighters return to their feet. The fight returns to the ground and Tokoro takes top position and is close with an armbar. Tokoro is close, and Yamamoto is defending the armbar, less than a minute and Tokoro will not let go of the arm, and Yamamoto is hanging on …….The fight ends. Fiveouncesofpain.com would award the close victory to Atsushi Yamamoto, all three judges agree.
WINNER: Atsushi Yamamoto via Decision
Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Masakatsu Funaki
Funaki with and early kick and the fight goes to the ground. Funaki applies a heel hook and after a moment Minowa quckly taps.
WINNER: Masakatsu Funaki Sub ( heel hook) Rd 1– :32
Hayato Sakurai vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
The two fighters exchange leg kicks, Hironaka working for the takedown. The fight goes to the canvas with Hironaka taking top position. Hironaka is working from half guard trying to pass, a scramble and both fighters jump to their feet. Both fighters exchange in the staond up with Sakurai landing the better punches and kicks. Hironaka is throwing an ineffective jab to attempt to keep distance. Sakurai delivers a brutal leg kick, Hironaka appears to affected. Sakurai lost balance throwing a kick and Hironaka takes advantage and goes to the ground as well. Hironaka working from Sakurai’s guard delivering some minor shots. The fight is paused and an official warning is issued to Hironaka for kicking a downed opponent to the face. The fight continues and Sakurai is delivering a good mix of head, body and leg damage. The first round comes to and end.
The fight quickly goes to the ground with Sakurai again working from his back. Sakurai works the fight back to his feet, and lands a nice overhead right, and leg kick. Sakurai takes the fight to the groud briefly, and delivers a head kick to his oponent as he gets back to his feet. Sakurai is starting to land the cleaner and stronger shots. Hironaka shows a great chin as he takes two brutal knees from the clinch. Sakurai comes on strong trying to finish the fight and the bell rings and signals the end of the contest. Fiveouncesofpain.com scores the fight for Sakurai, and all 3 judges agree.
WINNER: Hayato Sakurai via Decision
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Masanori Tonooka
A left hook from Akiyama finds its target. Tonooka is swinging for the fences but can’t find his range. Akiyama closes the distance and takes Tonooka to the canvas. Akiyama to side-control and traps Tonooka’s left arm. Akiyama rains down punches , Tonooka finally gets his arm free. Akiyama traps Tonooka’s arm once again, and attempts a Kimura. Tonooka is then quickly mounted. Akiyama works on an armbar set up, but instead takes Tonooka’s back. Tonooka makes it back to his feet, but is quickly taken back to the ground where Akiyama immediatly mounts and submits Tonooka with are armbar.
WINNER Yoshihiro Akiyama via armbar Rd 1-6:26
Shinya Aoki vs. Todd Moore
Moore does a nice job of fighting off Aoki in the early going. Aoki shoots on Moore who stuffs the shot, Aoki hops on his back and applies a neck crank for the win.
WINNER Shinya Aoki via sub ( neck crank) Rd 1. 1:10
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Alistair Overeem
Overeem takes control early. The fight goes to the ground where Overeem punishes the Croation. Back to their feet,Cro Cop kicks Overeem who takes Filipovic back to the ground. Cro Cop is bloody above his left eye and gets a yellow card for his trouble. The fighters clinch and Overeem knees Cro Cop who appears to be complaining about a low blow, Back to the clinch and this time Overeem does deliver the shot below the border. The fight is halted as Cro Cop attempts to collect himself. The fight continues with both fighters exchanging blows, Overeem clearly in control delivers the second low blow of the round. Cro Cop remains down, and it’s beginning to look doubtful that the match will continue. The corner of Cro Cop is reporting their fighters right testicle has been pushed up into his body. The officials have spoken, the fight has ended and is ruled a NO CONTEST
Dream Middleweight GP Final:
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Gegard Mousasi
As the match starts the fighters feel eachother out until Jacare gets the impressive takedown. Jacare working from half guard is working over Mousasi trying to set up his next move…………. Jacare postures up to rain down punches… Mousasi upkicks Jacare and KO’s Souza to win the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix.
WINNER : Gegard Mousasi KO Rd -2:15