K-1 Dynamite!! 2010 Live Results & Commentary

Join us here at BloodyElbow.com on Friday, December 31st at 4:00 AM EST for live results and commentary of K-1's Dynamite!! New Year's Eve extravaganza. The event will air live on HDNet at that time, so join us for a few laughs, some great mixed martial arts action, and live discussion among our community.

The event will feature a bevy of interesting match-ups which include a heavyweight showdown between Alistair Overeem and Todd Duffee, a lightweight battle between Josh Thomson and Tatsuya Kawajiri, and a solid featherweight bout between Bibiano Fernandes and Hiroyuki Takaya. Gegard Mousasi, Shinya Aoki, Caol Uno, Kazushi Sakuraba, Hayato Sakurai, Jason High, and the legendary Ikuhisa Minowa will all make appearances as well. Check out our comprehensive guide to all things K-1 Dynamite!! here.

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Andy Ologun def. Kasuaki Furuki via unanimous decision.
Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno via unanimous decision
Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe via submission (armbar), 2:50 of Round 3
Hiroshi Izumi def. Ikuhisa Minowa via TKO, 2:50, Round 3
Sergei Kharitonov def. Tatsuya Mizuno via KO, Round 1.
Gegard Mousasi def. Kyotaro via decision.
Yuichiro Nagashima def. Shinya Aoki via epic KO, Round 2.
Alistair Overeem def. Todd Duffee via KO, Round 1
Satoshi Ishii def. Jerome Le Banner via unanimous decision.
Marius Zaromskis def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (Doctor's Stoppage).
Tetsuya Yamato draws Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (30-30, 30-29 Yamato, 30-30) 
Jason High def. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai via split decision.
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Josh Thomson via unanimous decision.
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Bibiano Fernandes via unanimous decision

IGF RulesBob Sapp vs. WakakirinCancelled

Celebrity fightKatsuaki Furuki vs. Andy Ologun

Round 1: Furuki comes out strong, punching Ologun to the corner, but Ologun counters with a Thai plum. He buries some knees into Furuki, and now Furuki pushes forward to the opposite corner. Furuki now backs Ologun to the turnbuckle, looking for a takedown. Referee separates them, and Ologun lands a stunner. Furuki is in trouble, and Ologun is just winging punches. A few lands, but Furuki survives. Ologun eventually gets taken down, but Furuki is bleeding now pretty badly. Furuki flattens out Ologun, much better than his exhibition against Shoji. He postures up for a second and lands some ground and pound from full mount, but Ologun wiggles and regains control of Furuki's posture. Wow.... Ologun reverses it, and is now trying to land his own ground and pound. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Andy Ologun.

Round 2: We start and Furuki is going after Ologun. This is a bit surprising considering Ologun's MAX experience. Furuki is looking much more effective than in his exhibition stint. Furuki looks for the takedown, but can't get it. Rests for a bit, but Furuki topples him. Ologun reverses, and lands in top control, but Furuki is now working for the kimura from his back. He almost has it...and Ologun is in trouble. Furuki is rolling over to top control from the hold. This is close! Looks like Ologun is using the mat as a way to stop Furuki from fully extending it. Ologun is doing a good job of avoiding the submission, and he finally escapes the clutches of Furuki. Ologun is still on his back however, and easily on his way to losing this round. Furuki once again gets reversed, and Ologun is now in top control trying to posture up. Furuki throws up his legs and now has a triangle locked up.. and the bell rings. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Katsuaki Furuki.

Round 3: Furuki comes out strong again, running at Ologun and landing some punches to the jawline. Ologun defends by using the clinch and landing a nice knee to the ribs. Against the ropes, Furuki looking to trip Ologun to the ground. Furuki backs him into the corner, but the referee separates them after a small amount of time. Ologun bangs out a few punches in center ring, but nothing lands and Furuki backs him into the corner again. Ologun looks for knees, lands one, but Furuki clinches and tries to set up a takedown. Referee separates them again. More of the same as Ologun tries to swing for the fences. Furuki reverses Ologun's clinch in the corner and puts Ologun's back on the turnbuckle. Referee separates. Ologun throws a head kick, blocked, and back to the body lock for Furuki. After some stale action, referee separates. Ologun lands a big shot at center stage, and now Furuki is in trouble again. He's wobbled, and this might have won Ologun the bout. More blood, and Ologun batters him from top control. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Andy Ologun.

Andy Ologun def. Kasuaki Furuki via unanimous decision.

DREAM FeatherweightCaol Uno (25-13-5) vs. Kazuyuki Miyata (10-7)

Round 1: Round starts with some pawing and feeling out. Miyata throws first, but only a probing flurry. Uno looking to counter while Miyata is a bit more aggressive. Uno lands a nice straight left, and now he's moving Miyata back into the corner. He wades in too far, and Miyata grabs him. They separate along the ripes however, and they are back to standing. Uno working his striking, and having some success. Uno misses a left, and Miyata grabs him, turns him into the ropes, and lands a knee. Miyata breaks away, and we're back to center ring. Uno having a little success standing, lands a nice left. Miyata is trying to catch Uno coming in, but having no success. He is, however, grabbing Uno and pushing him into the ropees when Uno misses. In the ropes now getting kneed by Miyata, Uno breaks away. Back to center ring. Uno lands another popping left, nothing major. Miyata throws a body kick and lands, and Uno throws his own kick to the legs. Uno mixing it up with leg kicks and punches, but nothing overly powerful. Miyata seems content sitting back. Still standing at center ring, small exchanges here and there. Uno shoots for a single leg with 10 seconds left, and almost dumps Miyata... but the Olympic wrestler counters easily and stays on his feet. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Caol Uno.

Round 2: Uno shoots early in the round, and misses. Miyata wraps around his back, and Miyata has control now. Miyata throws Uno over his head, suplex! Uno seems unaffected. Back to center ring now as Uno escapes, but Uno tries to take down Miyata again. Miyata wraps around Uno's waist again, and punishes Uno with another suplex. Uno trying to wiggle free of Miyata's body lock, but he can't seem to do so. Miyata's strength is too much here. Uno once again gets stuck in the same position, but he's now visibly cut open on his face. Uno uses the turnbuckle to squeeze Miyata's body lock off, but he's now buried in the turnbuckle. Referee separates and checks the cut. Back to center ring. Miyata throws a nasty leg kick, and Uno is visibly wobbled. He immediately shoots, and Miyata easily throws Uno down and gains top control. This round is all Miyata, and Uno's cut is leaking badly now. With thirty seconds left, Miyata lands a few knees as Uno regains his feet, and then lands a counter left as Uno dives in with his hands. Round ends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kazuyuki Miyata.

Round 3: Leg kicks to start for Miyata, and Uno pressures Miyata to the corner. Miyata counters the aggression with a takedown, and Uno immediately goes for the choke. He transitions to an armbar, but fails. Miyata takes advantage and gets the body lock again. SUPLEX! And this one probably hurt a bit as Uno is tired and hurt. Miyata regains the body lock again after the suplex. Uno, expecting it, tries to cheat, but Miyata drops his weight on him unexpectedly and lands some hammerfists. Scramble ensues and we're back to center ring. Uno is coming forward aggressively, but Miyata counters with a takedown at every chance. Uno working for a kimura escape, but Miyata is maintaining his position. Uno succeeds however, and we're back to the feet with Miyata backing Uno into the corner. Miyata backs away and separates. Nasty kick to the knee, and Miyata shoots. He once again takes the back. Miyata has a hook in as he takes Uno's back, but that's short-lived. Body lock from the back again, and Uno drops to the ground to avoid the suplex. Miyata seems to be trying to drop his weight down when Uno doesn't expect it. Scramble again, and Uno escapes. Uno comes out firing from center ring, lands a nice straight punch, but Miyata circles away and tries to take down Uno. Fighters fall into the ropes, restart. Uno presses, but Miyata, again, counters with a takedown. Fight ends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kazuyuki Miyata.

Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno via unanimous decision

DREAM FeatherweightHideo Tokoro (26-23-1) vs. Kazuhisa Watanabe (1-4 K-1)

Round 1: Here we go. Watanabe runs out of his corner, and Tokoro shoots immediately. Watanabe reverses him quickly, and stands back up. Referee restarts at center ring. Watanabe tries to leg kick, and Tokoro shoots right into the kick. Takedown. Tokoro has top control, looking for an armbar. Watanabe is trying to avoid it, but Tokoro goes for it. And Tokoro now has a choke using his legs, and he's trying to stretch his arm out at the same time. Stalemate as Tokoro continues to try to choke out Watanabe, but he gives it up eventually. Three minutes left, and Tokoro transitions to the armbar again. Watanabe is holding on for dear life. Tokoro rolls over and tries to stretch it out. Watanabe lifts Tokoro up and pile drive him. Tokoro smartly lets go, then gets Watanabe's back. Hooks in, and he transitions back to the armbar... again. Watanabe defends, and Tokoro goes to his back as Watanabe tries to roll out. Watanabe gets up, power bombs Tokoro onto his back, but Tokoro is unrelenting. This is nuts. Tokoro has a rear naked in, and Watanabe won't give up. Tokoro lets go of the choke and resets. He transitions to full mount, and Watanabe is defenseless. But... he powers out of the mount. Tokoro quickly scrambles to side control. Watanabe finally escapes. Let's out a sigh of relief and smiles. Great stuff.  Reset at center ring, and Watanabe drops Tokoro, but Tokoro survives, wraps up Watanabe as he comes in for the kill, and survives. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Hideo Tokoro.

Round 2: Tokoro gets an easy single leg to start, gains side control with ease, transitions to the armbar effortlessly, but gives it up to go to full mount. Now back to armbar, and Watanabe uses an interesting defense of kicking Tokoro in the face. Watanabe is just powering out of the armbar, and he succeeds. Unbelievable. WOW. Watanabe tries to jump guard with a kick, and gets kicked off balance. Tokoro takes advantage and wraps up Watanabe again. Tokoro has the back, goes for a rear naked choke, and Watanabe escapes, stares at the back of Tokoro's head and blasts him. Fighters back to their feet and to center ring. Tokoro kicks Watanabe, and he shrugs it off. Watanabe throws a lazy kick, and Tokoro takes him down immediately. Trigg states that it was one of the dumbest moves of the night. Tokoro goes for another armbar now, but Watanabe rolls over. Tokoro takes the back, and goes for the choke. Watanabe is in trouble now, Tokoro has it... and Watanabe escapes. Impressive. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Hideo Tokoro.

Round 3: Tokoro gets thrown into the ropes to start the round, and Watanabe is warned. Restart, and Tokoro immediatelys hoots, gains top control, and works for the armbar again. Watanabe turns over to avoid the extension, and now Tokoro is trying to pound on Watanabe from his back. Tokoro sinks the hooks in, but Watanabe slams him down, and gains top control after a little bit of a roll. Watanabe is now on top, throwing big punches. Tokoro reverses. Armbar, and it's over. 

Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe via submission (armbar), 2:50 of Round 3

DREAM Open WeightIkuhisa Minowa (47-31-8) vs. Hiroshi Izumi (3-1)

Round 1: Here we go. Minowa starts out with some punches from distance, throws a combo. Nothing lands. Jabbing, but Izumi is being cautious. Minute in a half in, no real action yet. Izumi threw an ugly uppercut, misses, and Minowa counters. Minowa is landing slightly with some combinations, but glancing. More punching from Minowa, and he's sneaking more blows in. Minowa rushes in, misses, and Izumi takes advantage by taking the back. Two minutes left, and Izumi is trying to flatten Minowa to the ground, Minowa defends, looks for the leg, but Izumi lowers his weight and gains side control. Referee pulls them to center ring, restarts with Izumi on top. Izumi is now trying to crush Minowa's windpipe with his elbow. Not going to work, buddy. Izumi doesn't know what he's doing from here, so he moves to mount. Minowa gives his back, and Izumi starts punching. Sad technique from Izumi, but at least he's damaging Minowa with blows. Minowa in the corner, covering up. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Izumi.

Round 2: Thirty seconds in, and Minowa rushes in. Izumi immediately puts him on his back. Izumi lays in side control, doing next to nothing to advance his position. Minowa isn't offering much from his back, but he is, after all way undersized. Izumi continues to elbow, but Minowa is keep his head close to Izumi's body. Izumi moves to full mount, Minowa turns, gives up his back, and Izumi maintains. Izumi now peppers with some shots while riding Minowa's back, but Minowa stands back up in the corner. Izumi sweeps Minowa's legs, and continues to punch. Minowa is getting peppered now, momentarily hurt, and then we get a nice shot of Minowa's speedo riding up his ass. They move the two to the center of the ring with Izumi in full guard. Izumi finishes out the round with peppering blows. Not much power, but scoring. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Izumi.

Round 3: Izumi gains top control, Minowa turns, gives up his back, and Izumi batters him with punches. Much of the same from the first and second round. Minowa has nothing to offer as Izumi isn't really taking any chances here. He's lowering his weight and controlling Minowa. Izumi is landing loads of short punches. Nothing powerful or stunning. Now he turns Minowa and lands a lot of hammerfists. Minowa is just laying there. The referee stops the fight as Minowa isn't doing a thing. Sad to see Minowa go out like that. 

Hiroshi Izumi def. Ikuhisa Minowa via TKO, 2:50, Round 3

DREAM HeavyweightSergei Kharitonov (16-4) vs. Tatsuya Mizuno (8-6)

Round 1: Kharitonov stalking early and Mizuno throws overhands over the top. Nothing lands. Kharitonov with his typical, stoic boxing stance, Mizuno is being risky, but Kharitonov looks a bit odd in the exchanges. Not covering up well as he comes in. As I say that, Kharitonov blasts Mizuno with a right hand, Mizuno falls to the ropes, and Kharitonov bulls him over with a knee to the head. Camera pans to Mizuno's wife, who looks visibly concerned... obviously. Kharitonov walks away as if he just went through the McDonald's drive through and got his McRib on. Brutal, brutal knockout. One for the highlight reel.

Sergei Kharitonov def. Tatsuya Mizuno via KO, Round 1.

K-1 HeavyweightKeijiro Maeda (18-4 Kickboxing) vs. Gegard Mousasi (7-0 Kickboxing)

Round 1: One of the most interesting bouts on the card. Here we go. Kyotaro circling immediately, and Mousasi is popping Kyotaro with kicks and punches from range. Imagine that. Yeah, I'm looking at you haters. Mousasi cracking leg kicks, and Kyotaro cannot counter. Combination one-two misses, but Kyotaro is having trouble trying to counter. Flurry of action, but neither man lands flush. Back to more kicking, Kyotaro finding his range now, but Mousasi is still putting on some good pressure. Kyotaro comes forward and eats a left to the chin. Kyotaro is eating left hands on the chin at will right now, but he seems unaffected. BloodyElbow.com scores it 10-10.

Round 2: Kyotaro is having some success with leg kicks, but Mousasi is getting the better of him in the punching portion. The pace is increasing, and the power in the punching is rising. Mousasi lands a nice left hook, another left. Kyotaro is landing glancing shots in the exchanges, but Mousasi continues forward.  BOOOOOM! Left, then a beautiful right hand. Kyotaro goes down. He's still wobbling, and Mousasi blasts him again. Mousasi looking for the finisher, but Kyotaro ties him up. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-8 Mousasi.

Round 3: Kyotaro is down huge now, and it'll take a big round to tie this one up. Unfortunately, Mousasi is being elusive in his defense. No definitive strikes yet, but Kyotaro continues to leg kick. Kyotaro comes forward with a flurry, Mousasi defends, and then throws a big counter. Glances, but Kyotaro backs off. Kyotaro just misses another huge overhand. Mousasi is doing a nice job of keeping his chin down, no matter how awkward it looks as he dives into the clinch. Mousasi knees as he bounces off the ropes, both guys getting tired now. Kyotaro is a bit more active with Mousasi defending, but he isn't landing cleanly. Kyotaro was the more active fighter in that round, but he won't take this fight. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kyotaro.

Gegard Mousasi def. Kyotaro via decision.

DREAM/K-1 Mixed RulesShinya Aoki (26-5-0-1 MMA) vs. Yuichiro Nagashima (16-3 Kickboxing, 3-2 MMA)

Round 1: Maeda is chasing Aoki, as expected, and Aoki is clinching to avoid damage. Nagashima kicks Aoki in the legs, and Aoki tries to grapple. LOL. He apparently doesn't understand the rules. This is laughable. He is just clinching to avoid damage at all costs. Aoki throws a round kick, then looks like he purposely flops. Aoki is throwing flying kicks and falling to the ground on purpose. This is a joke, and exactly what I expected. Seriously... who didn't see this coming? Aoki's popularity is going to drop like a rock after this laugh-a-thon. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-8 Nagashima.

Round 2: UNBELIEVABLE!!! Aoki comes running out like a kid in the candy store, and gets trucked by a Nagashima knee. He's out cold. WOW! WOW!

Yuichiro Nagashima def. Shinya Aoki via epic KO, Round 2.

DREAM HeavyweightAlistair Overeem (33-11-0-1) vs. Todd Duffee (6-1)

Round 1:  As expected, Overeem makes quick work of Duffee. Both come out strong, but Duffee is just trying to wing punches to catch Overeem. Overeem keeps his chin down and throws huge power over the top. He knees Duffee, Duffee gets blasted by a left, then a right, and it's over.

Alistair Overeem def. Todd Duffee via KO, Round 1

DREAM HeavyweightSatoshi Ishii (3-1) vs. Jerome Le Banner (3-1-1)

Round 1: Ishii is backed into the corner, shoots, Le Banner defends, but then he's dumped to his back. This might be quick, but we'll see. Ishii in full guard, but passes to side control with some resistance. Ishii trying to land some ground and pound, but Le Banner isn't having it. He's blocking most of the blows, so Ishii reverts to trying to gain a better control of Le Banner's frame. Le Banner pushes Ishii away, and gets to one knee. Back to his feet, but Ishii has a body lock. JLB gets back up again after a brief takedown. Referee separates, but Ishii shoots in immediately. Le Banner defends, and throws a heavy right to Ishii's skull. He looks unaffected, continues to shoot, and Ishii lnads some knees to Le Banner's head. Le Banner now defending the clinch, throws a knee, and uses the rope and a spin to reverse Ishii's shot. Le Banner on top now, impressive. He's in full mount, but Ishii escapes easily. Ishii has him back in the ropes, but can't put him down. Back to center, Le Banner head hunting, but can't find the mark. Ishii lands a shot, but Le Banner just eats it like it's a slap in the face. Ishii shoots, Le Banner defends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Satoshi Ishii

Round 2: Ishii gains a takedown after some exchanges on the feet. Hammerfists to Le Banner's head, and Ishii is now turning it on. Unfortunately, those aren't the most powerful shots. Referee moves them to center ring to make room. Ishii slapping hammerfists in Le Banner's face, and Ishii gets up and moves to guard for some reason. He tries a leg lock, and Le Banner powers through it, ends up in top control. Ishii threatens with a leg submission now, although I can't see exactly what he's trying to do. Ishii now has a heel hook in place, but Le Banner is holding. He lets go as Le Banner moves to top control. Le Banner is landing hard from the top, but time is about to expire. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Ishii.

Round 3: Caution by both fighters to start, Le Banner with his trademark "I will kill everyone" look. They go to the clinch, and Ishii trips Le Banner with ease to top control. Ishii eventually postures up and pounds on Le Banner from side control. He grows tired of that and transitions to a kimura. He almost has it, but slips off. Ishii re-attempts to lock it down, and he's struggling. Ishii lets go of it, and continues to hammerfist his way to a decision victory. Le Banner needs a miracle. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Ishii.

Satoshi Ishii def. Jerome Le Banner via unanimous decision.

INTERMISSION

DREAM WelterweightMarius Zaromskis (13-5) vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (26-14-1)

Round 1: Extravagant opening, almost a prelude to a retirement announcement if he loses. Here we go. Marius comes out firing with a flying kick. Sakuraba fires back, but he's clearly outgunned here. Sakuraba nearly lands a heavy left. Marius fires back with a right. Sakuraba is cut, and Saku abruptly gets dropped. Back to his feet quickly, and Marius is using his footwork to keep Sakuraba off balance. Referee stops fight for a second to take care of a blown cauliflower ear. Back to action, and Marius is throwing quick power strikes with force. Saku can't keep up with Marius' speed, but Saku lands a counter and Marius backs up. Saku's ear is torn off his head from repeated shots, and the doctor stops the fight. 

Marius Zaromskis def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (Doctor's Stoppage).

K-1 MAX RulesAkiyo Nishiura (11-6-1 MMA) vs. Tetsuya Yamato (22-5 Kickboxing)

Round 1: Wicky comes out in vintage form, hands down at his waist. After a front kick, he lunges forward with a huge overhand. Misses. Yamato kicks to the body a couple of times, and Wicky dives in with a flurry, but is clinched up. They separate, and Wicky throws a huge overhand right, it lands. Wicky's speed is impressive. Wicky throws a head kick, glances. Yamato is having problems trying to gauge Wicky's speed. Yamato content with body kicking, but hasn't produced much offense. Yamato throws a heavy overhand at the end of the round, but misses. Uneventful round for the most part. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-10. Could have went to Wicky though.

Round 2: Yamato's pace is increasing in this round as Wicky is trying to throw a one punch bomb at every chance he gets. Yamato front kicks, and Wicky dumps him to the floor. Restart, and Wicky lands a nice right hand. And a straight left. Yamato is starting to come forward a bit as a sense of urgency is overcoming him with a minute left in the round. Wicky goes for a knee in the clinch, but misses. Wicky lands a few more blows, then dumps Yamato and almost starts pounding on him. Yamato eyes Wicky, Wicky looks up to touch gloves, Yamato isn't having it. BloodyElbow.com scores it 10-10.

Round 3: Heavy body kick with a right hand to start for Yamato. He looks interested now. One-two combinations from range by Yamato with Wicky trying to land a counter. Wicky counters with an overhand, and the speed difference is apparent. Yamato slips and falls, and they restart. Both guys are brawling now. Here we go. Toe-to-toe, Wicky is getting the better of the exchanges. Yamato goes to the body, and continues forward. Wicky is starting to gas now with 50 seconds left. Yamato with a kick to the body, and Wicky is slowing. Wicky eats a left and right, BOOOM, a huge left, and Wicky is a wobbly. Another left, right, Wicky isn't falling, but he's stumbling. Two huge lefts. Wow. What a round, What. A. Round. No extension rounds in this match-up. BloodyElbow.com scores it 10-9 Yamato.

Tetsuya Yamato draws Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura (30-30, 30-29 Yamato, 30-30) 

DREAM WelterweightHayato Sakurai (35-11-2) vs. Jason High (11-3)

Round 1: Feeling out process, but Sakurai eventually ends up in half guard. Referee pulls fighters away from fence. Sakurai maintaining half guard through most of the round here with two minutes and thirty seconds left. But he isn't producing any damage from the position as High continues to wiggle. Sakurai is more focused on passing than doing damage at this point. High gets a yellow card... for who knows why. Inactivity. Both guys come out, and High goes for the overhand. Sakurai tries to counter, glances some blows. High hits the ropes and rolls on top of Sakurai. High is now in full guard, but it may be a bit too late for him to win the round. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Sakurai.

Round 2: High works for a guillotine early in round 2, but Sakurai escapes and works from top control now. He's in half guard. High finally gains his feet and reverses the position, bombing punches through Sakurai's defense. Sakurai gets hammered with blows, but survives the onslaught. Sakurai is on his back now with three minutes remaining. High is slipping punches through, and Sakurai is feeling the effects. High blasts left hands into the side of Sakurai's head. More of the same for the rest of the round. Sakurai has no answer for High's strength from the top. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 High.

Round 3: High backs into the corner, and Sakurai jumps in with a knee. He misses, and High tries to push him into the ropes. They get to the corner, and High nearly takes him down. He throws a knee, but Sakurai hides behind the referee to avoid the strike. Referee stands them up. Sakurai misses a combination, but locks down a takedown against the ropes and sits in top control. High stands back up, battles out of trouble, and double legs Sakurai to the ground. Impressive stuff. Referee eventually stands the fight up. High shoots immediately, but Sakurai sprawls well. High grabs his legs and powers through it. Solid takedown by High, and this is securing him a win definitively. After Sakurai gets carded for inactivity, Sakurai swings for the fences and hammers High, but High takes him down. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 High.

Jason High def. Hayato "Mach" Sakurai via split decision.

DREAM LightweightJosh Thomson (18-3) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri (26-6-2)

Round 1: Thomson looks like he has that vaunted kicking game back from the first Melendez encounter. Comes out strong with front kicks and good footwork. Kawajiri eventually works to the clinch, but Thomson is making him work hard. Unfortunately, Kawajiri throws him down and gains top control. Let the Crushing begin. Kawajiri is powering through Thomson's defenses, and Kawajiri gets full mount. Thomson is trying to wiggle free, but Kawajiri is tightening the grip on his legs. Kawajiri can't get any power on his strikes while he tries to maintain mount. Thomson nearly escapes, but Kawajiri lowers his posture and weight. Two to the body, one to the head by Kawajiri, and a few hammerfists to boot. This is vintage Crusher, and Thomson can't escape. Not a lot of damage, but control is the game right now. Thomson gets full guard back. Thomson lands a glancing upkick at the end of the round, but a pretty definitive round for Kawajiri. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kawajiri.

Round 2: Thomson comes out aggressive, and Kawajiri counters by flipping him over and mounting him immediately. Unbelievable. Kawajiri has the arm triangle in now, and he's moved out of guard. Uh oh, but Kawajiri gave up and went back to mount. Thomson finally escapes, but Kawajiri has him in the ropes again. Kawajiri gets top control once again. Referee moves the fighters to center ring, and Kawajiri sits in Thomson's full closed guard. Kawajiri hammers away at Thomson, but Thomson nearly rolled over to Kawajiri's back. Kawajiri holds, and topples Thomson off the side of his torso to the ground.  Thomson struggles to get to his feet and eats blows, but he makes it... in time for Kawajiri to slam him. Thomson scrambles to the back, but Kawajiri is using the ropes to stop him. One minute remaining, and Kawajiri's nose is bleeding profusely. Kawajiri uses simple wrist control to stop Thomson, and they separate. Restart, and Thomson front kicks Kawajiri as he rushes. Round ends. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kawajiri.

Round 3: Thomson once again comes out aggressive, glancing shots off Kawajiri's head. He tries to take down Kawajiri, but the "Crusher" has none of it. In the clinch, Thomson chucks a few knees toward Kawajiri's midsection, and.... take a wild guess. Leg sweep and Kawajiri in top control. Kawajiri eventually passes to side control, and Thomson is forced to roll over and give up his back. Kawajiri goes to the back, Thomson rolls, and Kawajiri gains mount. Thomson gets back to half guard immediately. Two minutes remaining, and this is a waxing. A one-sided beatdown. Thomson finally gets back to the feet, and he's trying to knockout Kawajiri. Flying knee lands and Kawajiri wobbles a bit, and then... Kawajiri uses his man strength to throw Thomson to the ground. Unbelievable. Unbelievable performance by Kawajiri. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Kawajiri.

Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Josh Thomson via unanimous decision.

DREAM Featherweight TitleBibiano Fernandes (8-2) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (14-8-1)

Round 1: Minute and a half in, and neither man has pressed forward. Feeling out process continues. Bibiano kicks, misses, and slips. Takaya rushes, but lets up as Bibiano finds his feet. Bibiano shoots for a double leg as Takaya tries to rush in, and Bibiano is in half guard. Bibiano works to mount, but Takaya immediately pops up. Speedy escape by Takaya. Brief exchanges, but nothing significant. Takaya has been landing a few leg kicks, but hasn't found his range yet. 

Past the the halfway point of the round, both men are mixing it up now on the feet, but neither fighter has landed a significant dazing strike. Referee warns both fighters for inactivity, and now there is a pick-up in the action. Takaya counters Bibiano after a looping overhand right misses. Bibiano backs away after being hit. Fernandes throws a right as he lunges for a takedown, and pushes Takaya into the ropes. Bibiano moves Takaya to the turnbuckle, kneeing his legs in the clinch. Back to center ring, and both men are cautious. Bibiano catches Takaya with an uppercut as Takaya stumbles off balance in a close encounter, and Bibiano tries to capitalize. Takaya is far from stunned and avoids any more damage. As the round ends, Bibiano shoots and Takaya sprawls easily. Tough call. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Takaya.

Round 2: More of the same in this round. Takaya is rushing in with combinations, and Bibiano can't seem to counter any of the strikes. A few back and forth exchanges ensue with both men landing. The pace is beginning to increase at the 2:50 mark. Both men throwing some bigger punches now, and Bibiano finally shoots and clinches up with Takaya in the corner. The referee separates it immediately due to Bibiano keeping his hands outside of the rope (i.e. looked like he was trying to grab it). After the restart, Bibiano works Takaya back into the corner again and throws knees to the thighs of Takaya. Takaya escapes, and jockeys for his own takedown as the round nears an end. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-10.

Round 3: Takaya comes out strong with an overhand right to start. Both men exchanging, but neither man can land a downing blow. Bibiano shoots for the takedown and Takaya slides out of the ring. Referee restarts at center ring. Bibiano immediately double legs Takaya, and Takaya scoots to the ropes. Bibiano drags him away from the ropes, dumps him, and Takaya gets back up. Bibiano pulls guard, but Takaya is hammering blows down from the top. Takaya continues to damage Bibiano from the top, and Bibiano isn't controlling posture at all. Takaya takes the back with only 90 seconds left, and it's looking like he may upset the champ. Restart in the center with Takaya in full guard. As soon as the referee starts it, Takaya lands three or four blows. Bibiano throws his legs up, but Takaya shrugs off the attempt. 30 seconds left, and Bibiano is getting desperate with his legs, trying to find a triangle or armbar transition. Takaya clubs Bibiano.. the round ends with Bibiano trying to latch on an armbar. BloodyElbow.com scores the round 10-9 Takaya.

Hiroyuki Takaya def. Bibiano Fernandes via unanimous decision

Takaya is your new DREAM Featherweight champion.

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