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Mousasi, Kawajiri cruise to opening round wins in latest offering from DREAM

“DREAM: Fight for Japan 2011″, the Japanese audience’s most recent opportunity to watch a major MMA event unfold live in one of the birthplaces of the sport, was an entertaining offering with a number of highlight-reel finishes featuring a couple of particularly memorable knockouts including those from fan-favorites Tatsuya Kawajiri and Gegard Mousasi .

Kawajiri avoided an early Guillotine Choke attempt from Drew Fickett to deliver some trademark ground-and-pound action to secure the win midway through the opening round. The performance improved his overall record to 28-7-2 and was his twelfth TKO to date.

Another popular fighter who cruised to first frame victory, Mousasi outclassed opponent Hiroshi Izumi from the opening bell and left him a battered, bloody mess minus a few teeth by the time the referee stopped things a few minutes into their bout. “The Dreamcatcher” has now won three of his last four fights with the only exception being a Draw to Keith Jardine in Strikeforce.

Also notable at the show, Hiroyuki Takaya retained his featherweight title after narrowly outpointing Kazuyuki Miyati in the card’s main event, while Hideo Tokoro‘s win over Masakzu Imanari landed him the title of DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix champion.

Read below for complete “DREAM: Fight for Japan 2011″ results:

Eiji Mitsuoka def. Bruno Carvalho via Unanimous Decision
Marius Zaromskis def. Eiji Ishikawa via Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Trevor Prangley via Knockout Round 1 (Body Shot)
Kenji Osawa def. Keisuke Fujiwara via Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Drew Fickett via TKO Round 1
Gegard Mousasi def. Hiroshi Izumi via TKO Round 1
Hideo Tokoro def. Masakazu Imanari via Unanimous Decision
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Kazuyuki Miyata via Split Decision

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