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Alistair Overeem, Eddie Alvarez and Kazushi Sakuraba score submissions at DREAM 12

kazushi-sakurabaThe first DREAM event featuring a cage and three, five minute rounds is in the books as DREAM 12 featured a slew of highlight reel finishes involving some of the biggest names fighting out of Japan.

The event took place from the Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan, and aired live on HDNet.

M.I.A. Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem continued to pad his record while collecting paychecks in the sport of MMA as he handed “The Colossus” James Thompson his fifth defeat in as many bouts.

After wiffing with a wild flying knee attempt to kick of the “fight”, Overeem slapped a standing guillotine choke on Thompson to put a merciful end to a bout that never should have been allowed to take place.

In lightweight action, Eddie Alvarez was frustrated by Katsunori Kikuno in the first round before landing a powerful right hand in the second round that sent the DEEP lightweight champion sailing to the canvas, and setting up the fight ending arm triangle choke for the submission victory.

Kazushi Sakuraba came back from the brink of defeat after catching a beating at the hands of Zelg Galesic in the early moments of the first round before pulling the rabbit out of the hat in the form of a ligament popping kneebar submission.

A full list of the results from DREAM 12 are listed below:

Alistair Overeem def. James Thomson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1

Eddie Alvarez def. Katsunori Kikuno via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2

Marius Zaromskis def. Myeon Ho Bae via KO (head kick) – Round 1

Kazushi Sakuraba def. Zelg Galesic via submission (kneebar) – Round 1

Katsuyori Shibata def. Tokimitsu Ishizawa by TKO (punches) – Round 1

Yoon Dong Sik def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision

Yoshiro Maeda def. Chase Beebe via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1

Kuniyoshi Hironaka def. “Parky” Won Sik Park via TKO – Round 1

Tomoya Miyashita def. Keisuke Fujiwara via unanimous decision

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