DREAM Special Rules Bout

Yuichiro “Jienotsu” Nagashima vs Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki

Note: The first round of this fight is a 3:00 kickboxing match. The second round is a 5:00 MMA bout.

Round 1:
Nagashima pushed forward with a right hand early on and Aoki clinched. The fighters separated and Aoki clinched again. Nagashima threw punches and kicks while Aoki repeatedly clinched to waste time. Aoki even tried for an illegal double-leg takedown, then missed with dropkicks and wild flying kicks. A rolling heel kick also missed and Aoki was warned for his obvious stalling. Nagashima landed a right hook and Aoki illegally double clinched to land knees. He then threw more ridiculous drop kicks that all missed and wasted time. The crowd was not amused as the round came to an end.

Round 2:
Aoki shot in for a takedown to begin the second round, but was knocked out cold by a flying knee. Nagashima blasted him with unnecessary hammerfists on the ground before the referee dove in to rescue and unconscious Aoki.

Winner: Yuichiro Nagashima by KO (Flying Knee) at 0:04 of round two.


Kickboxing Bout

Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi vs Kyotaro

Round 1:
Mousasi landed front kicks and jabs early on as Kyotaro struggled to find his range with leg kicks. He finally landed two, but Mousasi answered with one of his own. A right hand to the body scored for Mousasi and he followed with a jab, but Kyotaro landed a body kick. The fighters exchanged hard punches in close, with each landing one punch cleanly. Kyotaro landed a leg kick and a right hook. More leg kicks were exchanged and Mousasi found the mark with a pair of right hand counters. Both fighters landed hard leg kicks and Mousasi connected with a left hook.

Round 2:
A three-punch flurry landed for Mousasi in round two and Kyotaro answered with leg kicks. Kyotaro landed a punching combination and a leg kick, and Mousasi answered with one of his own. A big left hook scored for Mousasi and Kyotaro stuck to leg kicks. Mousasi put together punch-kick combos and missed with looping hooks. Mousasi dropped Kyotaro with a power punch, but Kyotaro got to his feet and survived the standing 8 count. Mousasi swarmed and rocked Kyotaro again. Kyotaro clinched and recovered. Punches were exchanged late in the round and Kyotaro landed a solid right hand, but was nearly dropped again before the bell.

Round 3:
Both fighters landed leg kicks in the final stanza and Kyotaro landed a right hook. Looping punches scored for both and Kyotaro continued to land inside leg kicks. More leg kicks and a lengthy flurry followed for Kyotaro, but Mousasi managed to shell up and deflected most of the strikes. Kyotaro continued to land punches, however, and Mousasi countered with a leg kick. Mousasi missed with two lunging right hooks and Kyotaro found the mark with a right hand and leg kicks. Punches landed for both in close and Kyotaro continued to score with leg kicks.

Winner: Gegard Mousasi by Unanimous Decision (30-28, 29-28, 29-28) after three 3:00 rounds.


Sergei Kharitonov vs Tatsuya Mizuno

Round 1:
Mizuno circled around Kharitonov early on and threw single hooks and leg kicks. Kharitinov answered with right hands, but ate a body kick. A big right hand stunned Mizuno against the ropes and Kharitonov dropped him like a rock with a knee. He followed with two more punches on the ground, but Mizuno was already out.

Winner: Sergei Kharitonov by KO (Knee) at 1:25 of round one. He improves to 17-4-0.


Hiroshi Izumi vs Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa

Round 1:
The fighters circled and traded single punches early on. Minowa looked to shoot in for a takedown, but stayed on his feet and the pace remained slow. Minowa threw a jab as Izumi just missed with an uppercut. More jabs followed for Minowa and he once again looked briefly for a takedown. Two more stiff jabs snapped Izumi’s head back, but Izumi took Minowa’s back in a standing scramble.

Izumi dragged Minowa to the mat and retained back control. He punched the sides of Minowa’s head and moved to top position in side-control. The fighters were moved away from the ropes and Izumi seemed content to maintain position in side-control. He looked to isolate an arm, then moved to mount and took Minowa’s back again. Minowa stood and Izumi put him in the corner. Short left hands landed for Izumi until the bell.

Round 2:
After a brief exchange of jabs, Izumi clinched and took Minowa down near the ropes. He landed in side-control and threw hammerfists to the body. Izumi mixed in knees and looked to set up a far-side Kimura. He let it go and moved to mount instead. Minowa rolled to his side and managed to regain half-guard. As Minowa tried to scramble to his feet, Izumi peppered him with punches and the fighters stood briefly.

Izumi dragged Minowa down again and landed a big knee to the body. He followed with punches and Minowa turtled. Minowa stood for a matter of seconds before being taken down again. Izumi threw short hammerfists from Minowa’s guard and Minowa looked to set up an armbar. Izumi was in no danger and postured up before taking Minowa’s back. Izumi punched at Minowa’s head and landed two knees to the body.

Round 3:
Izumi took Minowa back down early in the final round and resumed working from the top in side-control. He threw short punches and hammerfists, then took Minowa’s back. Hard hammerfist strikes scored for Izumi and he continued to punish him with short punches. Minowa was forced to turtle and ate more and more punches. The strikes weren’t particularly damaging, but Minowa did nothing to defend. Minowa rolled to his back and Izumi continued to punch him until the referee finally stopped the fight.

Winner: Hiroshi Izumi by TKO (Punches) at 2:50 of round three. He improves to 4-1-0.


Hideo Tokoro vs Kazuhisa Watanabe

Round 1:
Tokoro shot in for a takedown very early on, but Watanabe managed to scramble out and stood. Tokoro followed and landed a leg kick. Watanabe threw one of his own, but Tokoro caught it and took him down again. Tokoro worked from the top with two knees from side-control and tried for an armbar. He quickly gave it up and switched to a leg scissors choke. Watanabe was clearly in great danger of being choked out, but refused to submit. Tokoro released the choke, then tried for a Kimura and an armbar.

Watanabe somehow managed to escape the armbar and stood up. He nearly slammed Tokoro face-first to the mat, but Tokoro secured back control and worked for a rear-naked choke while utilising a body triangle. Tokoro then tried for another armbar before returning to choke attempts. He managed to lock on a one-arm rear-naked choke, but it was not enough to elicit a tap from Watanabe. Tokoro then moved to mount and attempted an arm-triangle choke. Watanabe reversed and stood up with a smile. He cracked Tokoro with a counterpunch, but was taken down again. Great round.

Round 2:
Tokoro took the fight back down to the mat in the second round and worked from the top. He moved to side-control and spun into an armbar. Watanabe appeared to be in pain, but survived the hold and stood up. Watanabe attempted a flying axe kick and was taken down again. Tokoro locked on a rear-naked choke, but Watanabe rolled towards the ropes and escaped. Watanabe landed a right hand to the back of Tokoro’s head, then stood.

The fight returned to the feet and Tokoro landed a leg kick. Watanabe threw one of his own and Tokoro easily took him down. From the top, Tokoro spun into another armbar from side-control. Watanabe rolled to his stomach and turtled as Tokoro punched the sides of his head. Tokoro secured another one-arm rear-naked choke and Watanabe defended. Tokoro tried for more chokes in the final seconds, but Watanabe made it to the bell.

Round 3:
Watanabe closed the distance early in the final round, but Tokoro reversed a clinch and took him down. He worked for submissions from the top, but Watanabe picked him up and slammed him down near the ropes. Time was called to fix Tokoro’s glove and he promptly took Watanabe back down after a restart. Tokoro tried for an armbar and then a rear-naked choke. He punched the sides of Watanabe’s head and worked for a choke again.

Watanabe spun and wound up on top in Tokoro’s guard. Tokoro swept into a top-side triangle choke, but let it go and moved from side-control to North-South. He then locked on another armbar, this time a very tight one, and Watanabe was finally forced to submit.

Winner: Hideo Tokoro by Submission (Armbar) at 2:50 of round three. He improves to 27-23-1.


Kazuyuki Miyata vs Caol “Uno Shoten” Uno

Round 1:
The fighters circled early on and pawed out with jabs before clinching near the ropes. Uno circled out and Miyata threw single punches. Uno answered with a one-two, but was hit with a knee. Miyata clinched and landed another knee. He backed away and blocked a head kick, but Uno landed a knee and a left hook. Miyata evaded a follow-up one-two and landed a knee to the body before clinching again.

Miyata kneed Uno’s left thigh until Uno broke free of the clinch. Two left hooks scored for Uno and Miyata answered with a hard kick to the body. Leg kicks landed for both and Uno jabbed. He landed a solid inside leg kick and a left hook, then more kicks. Miyata countered with a short left hook of his own. Uno shot in for a takedown very late in the round and managed to get Miyata down to a knee.

Round 2:
After a brief striking exchange, Miyata dragged Uno to the mat near the ropes and took his back. He suplexed Uno once, but Uno stood. Three big right hands landed for Miyata, but Uno escaped the clinch. Miyata followed with kicks and shot in for a takedown. He took Uno’s back while standing and suplexed him again. Uno tried to spin out on the ground, but Miyata retained back control. Uno stood and backed up to the ropes with Miyata behind him.

Miyata landed a kick as Uno spun free. Two jabs and a quick flurry scored for Miyata and he took Uno’s back yet again. Uno, cut above the right eye, defended by turning and backing into the corner. Time was called to check Uno’s cut. Action resumed and Miyata hurt Uno with a leg kick. Uno shot in and Miyata reversed. He punched from the top in Uno’s guard. Uno got to his feet and ate a knee. He countered with a one-two and the fighters closed out the round with punches.

Round 3:
Miyata shot in and took Uno down in the early stages of the final round as Uno immediately began to bleed from above the eye again. Uno tried for an armbar and a kneebar, but Miyata avoided danger. He took Uno’s back and suplexed him for a third time. Uno stood and fought off a fourth suplex attempt. Miyata spun into a front choke and then took Uno’s back again. Uno dropped down and scrambled, then stood up. A right hand and two leg kicks landed for Miyata, who scored another takedown.

Uno did well to get back to his feet quickly, but Miyata backed him into a corner. The fighters separated and Miyata threw leg kicks. Uno answered with a flurry, but was taken down. Uno stood and narrowly avoided a suplex. A scramble ensued and Miyata retained back control until Uno spun out. Uno landed his best punch of the fight, but could not follow up. Miyata tried for a takedown before the bell and got Uno down to a knee against the ropes.

Winner: Kazuyuki Miyata by Unanimous Decision after three 5:00 rounds. He improves to 11-7-0.


Andy Ologun vs Katsukaki Furuki

Round 1:
Furuki opened the fight with body kicks and Ologun answered with knees. The fighters traded strikes in close in a clinch against the ropes, and Furuki backed Ologun into the corner. Furuki attempted a trip takedown and Ologun stayed on his feet. The fighters separated and Ologun dropped Furuki to a knee with a big right hand. Furuki stood and ate a series of punches including another right that dropped him again.

Furuki began to bleed badly from the nose, but he managed to reverse position on the ground and took top position. Ologun worked for a weak guillotine choke from the bottom, but Furuki passed straight to mount. Still bleeding profusely from the nose, Furuki postured up and managed to land some decent punches. He landed more until Ologun swept and wound up in Furuki’s guard at the bell.

Round 2:
Looping punches were exchanged in the second round and Ologun landed two knees to the body. Furuki tried for a takedown, but Ologun reversed and wound up on top. He punched from Furuki’s half-guard, but Furuki worked for a Kimura. Ologun punched to the body and Furuki nearly secured the Kimura near the ropes. From the bottom, Ologun punched and elbowed Furuki’s ribs.

Furuki moved to Ologun’s half-guard and continued to try to wrench Ologun’s arm behind his back. Ologun defended well and eventually escaped the hold. Short punches were exchanged as Ologun held on and prevented Furuki from doing much of anything. Ologun swept and worked from Furuki’s full guard. Furuki secured a tight triangle choke very late in the round and Ologun was saved by the bell.

Round 3:
After an exchange of punches, Ologun scored with a vicious kick to the body and followed with knees. Furuki stayed on his feet and gamely fired back with a flurry of punches. The fighters clinched and broke free soon after. Furuki landed a lunging one-two and Ologun countered with short strikes in close. Again, the fighters separated and Furuki faked a front kick. He closed the distance and clinched once more.

Furuki backed Ologun into a corner, but the referee separated the fighters quickly. Two kicks scored for Ologun and Furuki tied him up in the corner. After a break, Ologun landed a body kick that prompted Furuki to clinch again. The referee kept the action going by breaking up the fighters and Ologun rocked Furuki with punches. Furuki collapsed to his knees and began to bleed heavily from near the left eye. Ologun struck from the top until the end of the fight.

The late rally was enough for Ologun to narrowly take the fight on all three scorecards.

Winner: Andy Ologun by Unanimous Decision after three 5:00 rounds. He improves to 3-1-0.