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Diaz dominates Sakurai, Ralek becomes first Gracie to defeat Sakuraba at DREAM.14

Hate him, love him, or love to hate him; Nick Diaz is without a doubt one of the most talented fighters currently competing in mixed martial arts, period.

Diaz further solidified the belief that he is among the most ferocious competitors in the sport during DREAM.14 where the Stockton bad boy reeled off his seventh consecutive dominating victory with a first round armbar submission over the highly respected Japanese veteran, Hayato “Mach Sakurai”.

The 24-year-old Ralek Gracie became the first of the legendary family name to pull off a victory over Kazushi “The Gracie Hunter” Sakuraba with an impressive unanimous decision.

Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen has seen better days coming off of a third straight defeat at the hands of Hiroyuki Takaya. Both fighters came into the bout on two-fight losing skids, but it was Takaya who was able to jump back on track with an electrifying series of hard right hands in the first round that left Hansen in a heap.

Also in action in Saitama, Japan was Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, who returned to the winner’s circle following back-to-back defeats with a first round knockout over an obviously outmatched Federico “Kiko” Lopez, and Ikuhisa “Minowa-Man” Minowa managed to come out on top of yet another freak show match-up against the 330 lb. Imani Lee via first round rear-naked choke.

A full set of results from the event are below:

Nick Diaz def. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai via submission (armbar) – Round 1

Ralek Gracie def. Kazushi Sakuraba via unanimous decision

Hiroyuki Takaya def. Joachim Hansen via knockout – Round 1

Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto def. Federico “Kiko” Lopez via knockout – Round 1

Akiyo Nishiura def. Hideo Tokoro via TKO – Round 1

Kazuyuki Miyata def. Takafumi Otsuka via split decision

Kenji Osawa def. Yoshiro Maeda via split decision

Ikuhisa Minowa def. Imani Lee via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1

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