Shinya Aoki has a long history of sending his opponents to the emergency room with pretzel-shaped limbs and Tatsuya Kawajiri became the latest victim of the most lethal submission grappler in mixed martial arts during DREAM.15.
Aoki shot in for a takedown almost immediately in the first round of the DREAM Lightweight Championship bout before dropping to his guard and firmly attaching himself to one of Kawajiri’s legs. “The Crusher” did all he could to free his limb from the grip of Aoki, to no avail, as Kawajiri ultimately succumbed to one of the nastiest Achilles locks seen in the sport to date.
Kawajiri’s ankle showed visible damage following the bout and the lightweight was quickly transported to the emergeny room for X-rays.
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante made his final return to the DREAM ring before hopping ship to Strikeforce count as the highly regarded lightweight battled tooth and nail with Katsunori Kikuno for the full fifteen minutes , utilizing takedowns and top control to pull away in the final round, on his way to a split decision victory.
Jake O’Brien embarrassed himself twice in Japan before it was all said and done. The first was when he showed up to Saitama grossly overweight and the second was when the UFC veteran submitted to a standing guillotine choke just 31 seconds into the very first round at the hands of Gegard Mousasi, who advances in the four-man DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Melvin Manhoef fans were met with disappointment for the second consecutive time during DREAM.15 as the feared striker hoped to rebound from a recent knockout defeat at the hands of Robbie Lawler but wound up tapping out to a painful kimura at the hands of Tatsuya Mizuno in the opening round. A series of monstrous punches from Manhoef had Mizuno in trouble early in the first round before the Japanese journeyman put K-1 veteran on his back and locked in the fight ending submission along with a crack at Mousasi at the upcoming DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals.
A full list of results from DREAM.15 are below:
Shinya Aoki def. Tatsuya Kawajirivia submission (Achilles lock) – Round 1
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. Katsunori Kikuno via split decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Jake O’Brien via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Melvin Manhoefvia submission (kimura) – Round 1
Michihiro Omigawa def. Young Sam Jung via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata via unanimous decision
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision