Dream Japan Grand Prix Final Results and Play-by-Play

Jul 16, 2011
Sherdog.com will report from the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo at approximately 4 a.m. ET with play-by-play and live results of Dream “Fight for Japan: 2011 Japan Bantamweight Tournament Final.”

The card is to be headlined by the promotion's bantamweight tournament final and two divisional title bouts.

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Bruno Carvalho vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Round 1
They touch gloves and circle about each other at the center of the ring. Carvalho feints some punches and low kicks. The next low kicks connect, but his swiping hooks miss. Mitsuoka shoots in and is stuffed. In the corner, the Japanese fighter absorbs knees to the belly while fighting for the single. Carvalho wraps his arms around Mitsuoka's head and seems to have caught him in the guillotine. Mitsuoka escapes and disengages. The Japanese fighter shoots again and gets the takedown, passing to half guard near the ropes. Mitsuoka drops a few punches, but cannot free his leg to pass to side control or mount. Referee Moritaka Oshiro briefly pauses the bout to fix Mitsuoka's glove.

Upon resuming, Mitsuoka finally frees his leg and gets the full mount. He connects with a few punches before a Carvalho scramble gets him back to half guard. Mitsuoka goes for the guillotine, but Carvalho survives and escapes. Back on the feet, Mitsuoka shoots and is again stuffed. Carvalho puts his face in the plum and knees him hard. Mitsuoka pushes through and gets the takedown, but the Brazilian tries once more to get his own guillotine. It's a no-go. Mitsuoka stands up in Carvalho's guard and kicks his legs, followed by a leglock attempt. Carvalho rolls and tries to kick the Japanese fighter off. Mitsuoka attempts to fix his grip for an Achilles lock. Carvalho scrambles free and stands the fight back up. Mitsuoka again gives chase and gets the takedown near the ropes. Again, Carvalho tries for the guillotine, but is unsuccessful in eliciting a tap. Mitsuoka pops his head out and drops perfunctory short hammerfists from guard to close out the last 30 seconds.

Round 2
Carvalho looks to light Mitsuoka up with a vicious hook and uppercut, followed by a big knee to the guts. Mitsuoka absorbs the shots and tries for the single, against the ropes. Oshiro breaks them up. Mitsuoka closes the distance to go for the takedown, and again, Carvalho wraps his arms around his neck for the guillotine attempt. Mitsuoka elevates and puts Carvalho on his back, escaping the guillotine attempt in the process. The Japanese fighter passes to full mount and drops punches from above. Carvalho rolls to his side and gets entangled in the ropes. Oshiro stands them up to reset them in the center of the ring. The Brazilian kickboxer recovers to half guard and pulls Mitsuoka in close to minimize distance. Mitsuoka passes again and postures up to rain punches. He's looking quite tired though, so these punches don't have much steam on them. Carvalho recovers half-guard, and then full guard as Mitsuoka continues to drop more tired punches. They go for each other's legs in the final 10 seconds, but neither gets anything significant. Sherdog.com sees the fight for Eiji Mitsuoka.

Official result: Judges Akira Shoji, Hikaru Adachi, and Kenichi Serizawa have the fight unanimously for your winner, Eiji Mitsuoka.

Marius Zaromskis vs. Eiji Ishikawa
Round 1
Zaromskis and Ishikawa meet in the center, where the Lithuanian pumps southpaw jabs into his opponent's face. Ishikawa pushes Zaromskis into the ropes and holds him there until referee Kenichi Serizawa separates them. Ishikawa throws punches and a high kick of his own, but they go wide, missing. Zaromskis marks Ishikawa up with counter punches, and they eventually careen into each other, tripping to the canvas together. Zaromskis lands on top and settles into side control. Ishikawa gets to his knees and drives for the single, momentarily putting Zaromskis down, but the Lithuanian explodes into a reversal. He's on top in riding time position, dropping bombs to Ishikawa's head. The Japanese fighter stands up and leans against the ropes, absorbing more punches. Zaromskis gets him back down to his knees and from riding time position, he starts picking his punches. Ishikawa flops to his back and they're stood up. Zaromskis lobs a few punches as Ishikawa attempts to get close enough for a takedown. His attempt is stuffed and nullified, prompting another break.

Ishikawa tries again and Zaromskis stuffs him, but it's in the clinch that Ishikawa seems to be getting in any offense. He puts a knee into Zaromskis belly and in the ensuing scramble, he captures his back in the rear waistlock. Zaromskis escapes and Ishikawa pursues him with wild punches and a head kick. Again, they miss, and the Lithuanian makes him pay with hard, accurate punches to the face. Ishikawa goes for a desperate takedown which turns into a clinch. It's eventually broken up, but Ishikawa tries for it again, and from the clinch, throws more knees to Zaromskis' midsection. Zaromskis returns the favor, putting his shar[ knees into Ishikawa's belly. Serizawa breaks them again. Zaromskis throws his brutal high kick, and Ishikawa blocks it. Ishikawa raises his arms, taunting, and Zaromskis shrugs. Ishikawa blocks another high kick, and as he tries to raise his arms to taunt Zaromskis again, he gets a flying knee to the face. Ishikawa survives and goes for a leg, but is pancaked. Serizawa breaks them up, and again, the fight falls into a familiar pattern of clinching and trading knees. Serizawa breaks them again and the Lithuanian pursues Ishikawa with snapping jabs until the bell.

Round 2
Zaromskis starts off with a jab-jab-left straight-kick to the body. Ishikawa responds with wild punches and a push kick. They meet again in the clinch against the ropes. Ishikawa drops for a leg, and Zaromskis pancakes him. They're stood up. Zaromskis starts digging vicious lead uppercuts to Ishikawa's body. Ishikawa dives for a leg and eats canvas as Zaromskis sprawls and flattens him. Zaromskis drops a few knees to his dome before being stood up again. Ishikawa shoots again, and Zaromskis grasps at Ishikawas leg to wrap him up in a small ball and flip him onto his side. Zaromskis passes to Ishikawa's back and lads a few big punches. The Japanese fighter flops to his back. Zaromskis stands, takes a step back, and does another backflip-into-downward knee strike like in his fight with Seichi Ishikawa. It doesn't do much damage, and gets him tied up in Ishikawa's limbs. They're stood back up, and again Ishikawa shoots in and is rebuffed. They trade knees in the clinch. Ishikawa pulls guard, but before he can set anything up, Zaromskis goes ape, dropping punches until the bell seconds later. Sherdog.com has this fight for Marius Zaromskis.

Official result: Judges Samio Kimura, Akira Shoji, and Hikaru Adachi all have the fight for the winner by unanimous decision, Marius Zaromskis.

Trevor Prangley vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Round 1
Mizuno runs Prangley into a corner, at which point the South African spins him around. Prangley unleashes hard punches in the clinch before they break up. Mizuno lobs punches and low kicks. Prangley jumps back into the clinch to dirty box a bit more. Mizuno throws a kick to the body and Prangley returns fire with a big right hook to his guts. Prangley throwing punches with evil intent now, trying to walk Mizuno down while throwing swiping hooks. When he's close enough, he pulls the Japanese fighter into the clinch for more dirty boxing. Mizuno pushes Prangley into a corner and then breaks away. Prangley throws three swiping hooks, but Mizuno yanks his head back on all three, just evading them. He follows up with a knee to Prangley's belly. Prangley goes for the takedown and while he doesn't get it, he does trip Mizuno to the canvas. Unfortunately, he's halfway through the ropes, prompting Yuji Shimada to break them up and reset them in the center. It's there that Mizuno lands a vicious knee to Prangley's liver. Prangley ducks into the blow, and you can see the pain register in his expression. He collapses to his side and rolls over. Mizuno gives chase and lands a few hammerfists before Shimada dives in for the stop. The official time of the stop is 4:41 of the first round.

Keisuke Fujiwara vs. Kenji Osawa
Round 1
They snipe it out at the center, but it's Osawa who is first to shoot for the takedown. He drags Fujiwara to the canvas back in the center and takes top in half guard while Fujiwara holds onto his head. Osawa gets free, starts peppering Fujiwara's head and side with short punches after locking up his arm and head in the arm-triangle choke. Osawa fights to get his leg in half guard free. He pulls it out and rotates to go for the choke. Our third man in the ring, Samio Kimura asks Fujiwara if he wants out, but the ZST champ hangs on. He eventually escapes and dives for a leg. Osawa defends and gets his foot free, putting Fujiwara back down on the canvas.

Osawa has his legs wrapped around Fujiwara's, essentially putting him in a really low mount. Osawa improves his position by creeping upward until he has a proper mount, from which he throws punches to the body and head. Fujiwara frees a leg from the bottom and Kimura breaks them up. Osawa misses a two-hook combo, but it's mostly just to cover up his takedown attempt. He again has Fujiwara on bottom in mount, and he continues his body-body-head short punches. Fujiwara scrambles and gets hold of Osawa's left leg. Osawa punches him off and falls back into Fujiwara's half-guard. Osawa locks up the arm-triangle choke again but his leg is still stuck in Fujiwara's guard. He gives up the choke and instead passes to the mount where he stays for the final 10 seconds.

Round 2
Osawa throws a body kick, evades some Fujiwara punches to put him in the corner. Fujiwara chucks him off and they're back in the center where Fujiwara hunts Osawa with jabs. Osawa drops and whips the ZST champ to the canvas with the single. He gets off a few short punches before Kimura stands them up. Osawa shoots in and eats two knees to the dome. Fujiwara seems to be anticipating these takedown attempts now and is putting forth knees and uppercuts, trying to time these attempts. Osawa retreats, throws a kick to the body, then dives low and gets around to Fujiwara's back in the waistlock. He puts him on the canvas, but Fujiwara scrambles to his feet and walks Osawa up against the ropes. Osawa drops for the takedown and gets it. Fujiwara tries for a kimura from bottom, but he doesn't get it. Fujiwara tries next for the omaplata in an attempt to reverse, but Osawa doesn't flip over. The bell rings shortly after. Sherdog.com has this fight for Kenji Osawa.

Official result: Judges Matt Hume, Hikaru Adachi, and Akira Shoji give their nods to your winner by unanimous decision, Kenji Osawa. With the win, Osawa claims third-place in the Dream Japan GP, and advances to the Dream bantamweight championship tournament later this year.

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Drew Fickett
Round 1
They trade low kicks to start out and Fickett looks rather bothered by them. Kawajiri swarms with hooks to the body, pushing Fickett into the ropes. Fickett hops up and throws on the guillotine. They drop to the floor, but Kawajiri frees his head and from on top in half guard, he begins mashing with short punches. Kawajiri blocking Fickett's attempts at sweeping, staying close on top, biding his time before posturing up to drop big hammerfists and punches. Fickett covers up under the fire, but he's doing little else other than that. Yuji Shimada hovers ever closer, asking if Fickett wants out, but despite him getting mashed on, he gives the ref the thumbs up. The "Crusher" lets up with the crushing long enough to improve position to mount. Fickett puts him back in half guard. Kawajiri thus returns back to grounding-and-pounding, and Fickett covers up and flops to his side. Having let Fickett go through an extended mashing like this moments earlier, Shimada has deemed that he's taken enough punishment and steps in to call it. Fickett does not protest, remaining on the mat, covering his head after the stoppage.

Dream Light Heavyweight Championship
Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi

Round 1
Izumi takes the first swipe with an errant left hook. Mousasi pops him with a jab and then evades another hook followed by a spinning back fist. Mousasi stuffs a takedown attempt. Mousasi maneuvers Izumi into a corner and pressures him with jabs and push kicks. Izumi tries another spinning back fist and it grazes, but does no apparent damage. Referee Kenichi Serizawa stops the bout for a moment to have Izumi put his mouthpiece back in. Mousasi starts sniping at the body now, still maneuvering the Japanese fighter around the ring. Mousasi stinging with that long jab of his, bloodying Izumi's nose. Mousasi is looking very loose. He measures his punches, gauging the proper distance with which to unleash. After pumping a few more stiff jabs, he follows with a big right cross that puts the judoka on his back. Mousasi dives in with more punches. He picks his shots, but Izumi still manages to stand up while under fire. He leans outside the ropes in an attempt to escape while Mousasi windmills with hooks behind him. Serizawa has seen enough however and steps in for the stop. Gegard Mousasi retains the Dream light heavyweight title at 3:29 of the first round.

Dream Bantamweight Tournament Final
Masakazu Imanari vs. Hideo Tokoro

Round 1
Both men fly at each other with knees, but of course, Imanari falls to his back to look for subs. Tokoro drops blistering punches from above until Imanari can catch his hands and work wrist control. They get to their feet and Imanari jumpkicks at Tokoro. Tokoro counters with a big punch that Imanari eats, but he falls back in an attempt to bait him to the floor. Tokoro follows and ends up fighting off an armbar before standing the fight back up. Tokoro circles around the outside and counters with a right straight off of an Imanari body kick. Of course, Imanari falls to the floor to grasp for a leg. Tokoro backpedals to keep it standing. He lands a few low kicks, staying just out of range of Imanari's leg dives.

Moritaka Oshiro steps between the men and issues a warning for stalling to both. Imanari tries for another jumping double kick, but Tokoro sidesteps and lands a hammerfists on Imanari's face before getting to his feet and retreating. Tokoro lands a one-two. Imanari, this time, chooses not to fall to his back to bait him to the floor. Imanari drops his hands in the hopes to goad Tokoro forward to engage him. Tokoro keeps his distance and continues to throw conservative counterpunches whenever Imanari gets close enough or when he dives to the canvas. With just under two minutes to go, Imanari jumps onto Tokoro in what looks like a bear hug. Tokoro spins Imanari into the corner and puts him on his back. Imanari works wrist control to stop the ensuing punches on the ground, but Tokoro manages to get a few in, despite this. Tokoro drops short punches for the final 20 seconds of the 10-minute opening frame.

Round 2
Tokoro goes for the flying knee again, bowling Imanari over while he was dropping for a leg. He is unhurt however, as he gives chase to Tokoro. Tokoro retreats to keep a respectable distance between them. Imanari throws two looping left hooks at Tokoro, both of which connect. Imanari then jumps into guard, pulling Tokoro to the canvas. The Fighting Freeter stays in close on top, eating punches to his ears. Tokoro sits up quickly and lands one big punch before retreating out of guard. After Oshiro puts Tokoro's mouthguard back into his mouth, Tokoro lands two big punches, one of which forces Imanari to his posterior again. Back on the feet, Imanari jumps with another double kick, and falls to his back. Tokoro doesn't take the bait this time, but is sucked down to the canvas anyway with the following baseball slide. Imanari tries to work the rubber guard, but it's a no go. Imanari goes to his strengths instead and leans back for a leglock. Tokoro goes to all fours and slowly but surely gets his leg free. Imanari simply stands up, walks forward and pulls guard again. From bottom, he throws hammer fists to the top of Tokoro's head as the final moments expire. Despite a strong second round showing for Imanari, Sherdog.com awards the competitive fight to Hideo Tokoro, narrowly.

Official result: Judges Hikaru Adachi, Matt Hume and Kaoru Todori all award the bout to the winner by unanimous decision and Dream's Japan bantamweight grand prix champion, Hideo Tokoro. The announcement prompts the audience in attendance to explode in raucous applause for the fan favorite Tokoro.

Dream Featherweight Championship
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Kazuyuki Miyata

Round 1
Takaya runs to the center of the ring and swarms with punches before Miyata is able to grab his left hand and pull him into the clinch. Miyata maneuvers Takaya into a corner and gets him down to a knee, but Takaya pops back up and circles out. The "Evil Fist" lands a low kick but is again sucked into the clinch. He would go down, if not for the fact that he bounced off the ropes and managed to stay upright. They separate and referee Yuji Shimada stops the bout for a moment to fix Takaya's gloves. Takaya pumps a jab at Miyata to measure distance for a big right hand, but instead, he falls back into the clinch against the ropes. They break. Takaya lands that big right and the Olympian wobbles. Takaya jumps in to take top position in his guard, dropping the occasional big shot as Miyata alternately works wrist control and pulls Takaya down to minimize distance. Takaya stands up to try and drop a big punch, but eats a wrestling shoe to the face for his trouble. He settles back in Miyata's guard, prompting Shimada to break them up.

Five minutes remain. Takaya lands a low kick and a jab, but Miyata goes over the top with a hard right of his own followed by a takedown. Miyata takes mount momentarily and drops punches. Takaya scrambles backward and escapes, but Miyata pins him in the corner in the clinch. Shimada calls another break. Miyata misses a high kick, and Takaya lands a jab. Miyata goes for a single, but ends up stuffing a defending Takaya into the corner again. They separate and Takaya gives chase with one-two-low kick combos. Takaya catches a Miyata low kick and trips him to the mat momentarily. Miyata hops back to his feet and they disengage. Takaya lands a left hook, grazes with an overhand right. Miyata pushes him into a corner, prompting another break. One minute remains. Takaya blocks a high kick and grazes with his following two punches. Miyata puts him in a corner and lands some knees to the legs to end a close, competitive opening round.

Round 2
Takaya throws a one-two, but Miyata counters with a punch and gets the takedown. Takaya scoots backward and scrambles to his feet only to be pushes into the corner again. There, he eats some knees to the legs and belly before Shimada breaks them again. Miyata's punches look a little crisper now, but he doesn't indulge the stand-up, instead dropping to a knee for another takedown attempt. Takaya rebuffs him and they reset. Takaya chases Miyata into the corner with grazing punches, which Miyata ducks under shoots. Takaya again rebuffs him. In the center, Takaya employs more low kicks since his punches aren't really making their mark. Miyata returns the low kicks in kind. Miyata connecting now with his right hand, circling away as Takaya gives chase. Miyata drops down and shoots again, putting Takaya up against the ropes. He follows up with punches and knees to the body. Shimada calls a break. Miyata really dancing now, landing jabs and right hands in the final thirty seconds. He shoots again, but as before, he just uses the attempt to push Takaya into the corner. The bell rings shortly after.

Round 3
Miyata bounds in and lands a stiff right hook. Miyata then goes for a half moon kick that you might see in capoeira and actually connects to the side of Takaya's head, taking him by surprise. Miyata pops off a few more punches on the tired Takaya before stuffing him against the corner. Shimada calls the break. Takaya is still hunting for the coup de grace, but his punches are rarely connecting. Takaya finally lands a stiff right hand, but Miyata returns fire with jabs and right hands of his own before stuffing the champ into the corner. They're broken up again. Takaya chases Miyata with punches but soon finds himself having to defend the single-leg takedown. Shimada breaks them up again, but they don't stay separated for long; Miyata has Takaya up in the corner again, prompting Shimada to break them up. Takaya lands a one-two, to which Miyata responds with another takedown attempt. In the corner, Miyata punches and knees Takaya's abdomen before being told to break. In the final minute, Takaya charges in with punches. Miyata uses his momentum to drop and go for the takedown, bringin him down to his knees. Takaya stands up and goes for a takedown of his own and gets it. Takaya gets busy dropping punches as Miyata covers up. The bell rings, but Takaya continues to drop the punches, even as Shimada steps in between them. Be that as it may, it's too little too late. Sherdog.com gives the bout to Miyata.

Official result: Judge Matt Hume sees the bout for Kazuyuki Miyata, while Hikaru Adachi sees it for the champion, Hiroyuki Takaya. Judge Akira Shoji has the deciding vote, and he sees the bout for the winner by split decision, and still Dream featherweight champion, Hiroyuki Takaya.
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