3/8 DREAM 7 - LIVE Results

Sunday 8 March 2009

I will be posting results and some short comments here. Am at home, enjoying the event live on SkyPerfect.

For play-by-play, Sherdog will do the honors, that means that I can sit back and relax with a few friends and beers.

If you have some questions relating to the event, please feel free to leave a comment (if you get an error message, click the "Post Comment" button again).

It should be a very good and exciting event, and it will start a couple of hours after the UFC event finishes (4PM Japan time).

Some background reading:
My preditions
Some Betting Odds (so many sites out there for this..)
Presenting the Featherweights (Sengoku and DREAM

Other sites to follow the event on:
Sherdog PbP

Spoilers if you read on!

The live broadcast has started, and we should soon be watching the first fight.

DREAM 7 is dedicated to the memory of Helio Gracie, both Kazushi Sakuraba and Yuki Nakai was in the ring to honor his memory.

1. Feather GP: Takafumi Otsuka 8-3-1 vs. 3-2-0 Bibiano Fernandes
The fighters are making their way to the ring, it looks like there would be no problem getting a ticket, but its still early. I think this might be one of the better fights though.

Round 1
Bibiano gets the takedown early, and is working for side control. Bibiano has been on top so far, but the damage is limited to some punches and the ref stands it up. Bibiano gets yellow card, and looks puzzled, the crowd agrees.
Otsuka looks nervous,and he has a bloody nose that seems to attract his attention. So far Bibiano should be ahead.

1st round is over and I think Otsuka has looked nervous. Bibiano won this round, but it is judged as one.

Round 2
Bibiano gets Otsukas back early in the 2nd, but Otsuka just stands up and is able to get out. IMO Otsuka is showing his skills only in defense today, normally he is a very offensive fighter and I think it looks like he is afraid of losing. Otsuka is hit with a knee that almost ends the fight, but he is able to continue to fight back.

This should be a decision to Bibiano.
The judges agree 3-0 Bibiano.

2. Feather GP: Chase Beebe 12-3-0 vs. Joe Warren
The fighters are in the ring.

Round 1
As expected, Joe Warren is going for takedowns, but so far is unable to make it stick. Chase is looking good on his feet so far. Beebe looks like he is getting tired in the 2nd half of the round and Warren is able to take him down. The momentum is changing a bit now. Beebe gets a big cut over his left eye from a knee, the end of the round was all Warren.

The doctor stops the fight due to the cut on Chase Beebe, Joe Warren wins his debut.

3. Feather GP: "Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura 9-3-1 vs. 13-2-0 Abel Cullum
The fighters are in the ring now, and "Wicky" is now known as the MMA Monkey.

Round 1
So far, Cullum has been very agressive and been able to take the fight to the ground. "Wicky" gets out of what looks like a very good arm-bar attempt, but Cullum is spending a lot of energy. "Wicky" is not able to get the space he needs to far. "Wicky" is very busy defending on the ground, this is a very good jiu-jitsu fight so far. Cullum has been cut by a knee and some counter punches, but he is still winning this fight so far. Cullum gets mount and this time makes it count, but "Wicky" scrambles and gets guard.

Round 2
Cullum has come in with a VERY good gameplan, the fight has been all ground so far and "Wicky" has not been able to get anything going. Finally "Wicky" gets something going, but the time is almost up.

"Wicky" got to show a little bit, but Cullum should get this decision in a very good fight. Cullum really showed that he is quality fighter.

Cullum gets the decision 3-0

4. Light: Mitsuhiro Ishida 17-4-1 vs. 19-9-0 Daisuke Nakamura
Round 1

This fight starts slow, Ishida is very careful in going forwards and then goes for a takedown. Nakamura is going for a Kimura. Nakamura scrambles, but Ishida gets out on top. Nakamura is very technical, but Ishida is showing strength is getting out of kimura attempt. Nakamura gets a small cut, looks like it is from the glove, not a puch. The doctor checks it, and the fight continues. This is turning into a ground fight with Nakamura on the bottom.

Round 2
The 2nd round is continuing like the first, Ishida is on top and Nakamura is scambling to get out. Nakamura is going for a leg-lock in the dying seconds, but time runs out. I would give this to Ishida.

Decision goes to Ishida 3-0

5. Welter: Shinya Aoki 19-3-0 vs. 16-10-0 David Gardner
Round 1

The fighters are standing off in the start, as expected Aoki goes for a takedown and gets mount. Like a spider Aoki takes the back and continues to work for a choke, Gardner fights it off so far. Gardner is able to get out and runs away to make Aoki stand up. Aoki quicky gets the back and Gardner deceides to say "hello Japan", Aoki uses that to sink in the choke and gets the submission by rear-naked choke. One of the most stupid things I have seen....

Break - No News...

6. Light: Ross Ebanez 19-6-0 vs. 22-5-2 Tatsuya Kawajiri
Fighters are entering the ring for the first after the break.

Round 1
Ebanez didnt make weight and gets yellow card. Kawajiri gets the takedown, as expected, but Ebanez is able to get back up. Kawajiri gets the back and attempts to get a rear-naked in. Eventually the rear-naked choke sinks in, a convinsing win by Kawajiri.

Kawajiri wants to fight JZ Calvan at DREAM 9! That would be an awesome fight!

7. Feather GP: Yoshiro Maeda 23-6-2 vs. 10-2-0 Micah Miller
Micah Miller comes in wearing long tights, dont know if he will wear them in the fight but this is one fight I have been looking forward to!

Round 1
Miller looks a lot taller than I expected. Maeda is running around the reach so far and they almost fall out of the ring. Maeda takes Miller (who is compered to Aoki by Japanese commentators) down. Maeda is not making much progress on top, Miller is showing off his guard. The ref stands it up and gives a yellow (I dont know who), the fight goes straight back to the ground, Miller on bottom. Miller goes for an omopalata, but Maeda gets out. The fights been all Miller so far.

Round 2
Miller looks a lot more tired than Maeda, but he is leading after the 1st round. Miller is tired but continues to go forward and try for takedowns. Maeda is still looking good and the fight could go either way. Just as the bell rings Miller has an arm-bar attempt going. I would give it to Miller.

Maeda gets the decision 3-0, and I am surprised!

8. Feather GP: Hiroyuki Takaya 9-6-1 vs. Kim Jong Won
Round 1

Looks like Won is not going for takedowns yet, but I expect that to change soon. Very quiet start to the fight. Takaya throws a body kick that allows Won to take him down, but it looks like Takaya will get right back up. The fight has been mainly standup, but very little action.

Round 2
Takaya closes in and a straight right hits the target. The ref steps in to save won as Takaya continues the GnP. Takaya by TKO.

Main-Event - Featherweight Round 1:
9. Masakazu Imanari 15-6-1 vs. 12-5-1 Atsushi Yamamoto

Round 1
Yamamoto shows he has power in his punches, but it only takes Imanari to the ground (where he wants to be). Imanari has Yamamoto in his guard, but is unable to do anything. He is going for a gogopalata, but the ref stands it up. Nothing really happens on the feet and Yamamoto gets another takedown. Imanari sweeps and gets on top, still no sign of a foot lock that everyone is expecting. Instead he goes for an arm-bar. Yamamoto gets out on top and is in Imanari's guard. Imanari continue to go for the gogopalata when the bell rings.

Round 2
Imanari gets another yellow as Yamamoto is on top and Imanari is inactive ont he bottom. Imanari is keeping his dstance, and to be honest its pretty boring. Yamamoto gets another takedown and is on top. Imanari uses the rubber guard, like he has all fight, and Yamamoto gets up. The fight ends with Yamamoto on top, like most of the fight, and he should get this decision.

Imanari get the decision 2-1!


Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 10:23  

Warren is looking real good in his debut. if he keeps it up in the 2nd rd, he'll win

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 10:24  

hah, nm. no 2nd rd

schizosmurf 8 March 2009 at 10:46  
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Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 10:49  

cullum is doing real good. keeping wicky on the defensive. he keeps getting swept each time he gets mounted, but does fine (if not better) from the bottom.

Borre 8 March 2009 at 11:14  

Wicky was beat by a better fighter today. Cullum was clearly prepared for this fight. Very good performance.

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 11:24  

the nakamura/ishida fight went pretty much how i expected (complete with at least 1 flying armbar attempt). the endless fighter grinds out another win.

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 11:26  

what did fedor say about aoki?

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 11:41  

the magic pants are victorious again

Borre 8 March 2009 at 11:44  

Hahaha, I dont know what Fedor said but Aoki is one of my favorite fighters and he showed why. Gardner made the biggest mistake I have seen.

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 11:50  

yes, that was extremely stupid. unbelievable

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 12:26  

and that's why they call him Crusher... :D

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 12:29  

"Kawajiri wants to fight JZ Calvan at DREAM 9! That would be an awesome fight!"

I completely agree!

Borre 8 March 2009 at 12:35  

I hope to see the Hellboy JZ fight, but I would settle for Kawajiri vs. JZ. :)

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 12:49  

yea, i can't wait for hansen to return, whoever they match him up with.

it's looking like miller found where aoki gets his magic pants from. he almost had a gogoplata and then transitioned to the omaplata (i think). very exciting 1st rd

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 12:57  

wow, UD for Maeda? i don't see that at all. He did better in the 2nd but never got any real offense going and miller had him in several submissions throughout the fight.

Borre 8 March 2009 at 13:20  

I really didnt agree with the Maeda decision, but I guess he had the takedowns... Did no damage and never had any submissions though...

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 13:22  

Takaya was staring to get more and more strikes through as the fight progressed, and finally a good one found its mark.

Time for the main event :D

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 13:25  

I had maeda winning, miller didnt do much with the rubber guard

Borre 8 March 2009 at 13:33  

We are getting into an almost KO vs. almost submission conversation.

Maeda didnt do any damage either...

Borre 8 March 2009 at 13:34  

It was a close fight. :)

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 13:43  

this one is a close one too. i'm not sure who to give that round to.

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 13:52  

Another backwards decision? Apparently dancing/holding your arms out while getting leg kicked is a good gameplan.

Borre 8 March 2009 at 14:08  

I got to be honest, I didnt like this event as much as I thought I would. A lot of fighters were very defensive... Add to that, the stands looked empty... I dont think this will be a success...

Anonymous,  8 March 2009 at 14:13  

I agree, it wasn't as good as I was expecting, but it was still a decent event. Maybe my expectations were too high after last years amazing GP's. Hopefully the 2nd round of the tournament is better. And also the Sengoku FWGP in a couple weeks.

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