The long-anticipated lightweight showdown between Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya "Crusher" Kawajiri will finally materialize tonight at Dream 15, and Bloody Elbow will have live results and play-by-play of the show beginning with the HDNet broadcast at 3 a.m. ET / midnight PT. Be sure to join myself and the BE Night Crew as Aoki and Kawajiri duke it out for the Dream belt and the mantle of top Japanese lightweight.
Shinya Aoki def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via submission (Achilles lock) R1, 1:53
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante def. Katsunori Kikuno via split decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Jake O'Brien via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:31
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (kimura) R1, 7:38
Michihiro Omigawa def. Young Sam Jung via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 7:31
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata via unanimous decision
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision
Round 1: Kawajiri sends a warning shot with a pawing left. Aoki shoots for a single, can't get the takedown but latches on to the left leg of Kawajiri. He looks to have an Achilles lock as he puts his belly to the mat and wrenches the hold. Kawajiri still caught as he lands a flush heel to Aoki's grill. Now Aoki rolls onto his side, still wrenching with Kawajiri's heel under his armpit. Aoki finally seems to say "enough of this" and cranks HARD on the leg. Kawajiri taps the mat, and remains laying on his back as doctors stabilize his clearly injured leg.
Aoki's post-fight comments, via Tony Loiseleur:
I failed Dream in April (in the Melendez fight), but I will bring our dream back again. See me again in Nagoya, in September!"
Round 1: Kikuno stalking Cavalcante around the ring, tagging the Brazilian as he wades inside. Jumping knee to the breadbasket by Kikuno. The tie up in the corner and stall out. Referee Yuji Shimada breaks them up, and they clinch into a different corner. JZ throwing knees inside before Shimada breaks them again. JZ charges into a double-leg, but can't keep Kikuno on his back for long. Kikuno lands his crescent kick to the guts; Cavalcante winces but stands strong. JZ shoots Kikuno into the ropes, where the karateka falls slash jumps guard. Half guard for Cavalcante now, who looks to be working for an arm-triangle. Just as JZ nearly gains mount, Kikuno sweeps him up into the ropes and scrambles to his feet. Four minutes left. Once more they stall out in the corner, and again they're restarted. JZ shoots for a limp double and winds up on the receiving end of a takedown. They're restarted in the center of the ring with Kikuno in Cavalcante's guard. JZ eats a number of pattering shots to the ribs and head before he kicks his way free.
Round 2: JZ scores an early takedown and spends the next minute working to full mount. He takes Kikuno's back and rolls him, but hasn't fully sunk the rear-naked choke yet. It's still a neck crank as Kikuno tries to fend it off. Not looking good for him with 3:30 left in the round, though. JZ relents on the choke but still has a body triangle, when he's not whipping one heel around to mash Kikuno in the guts. Cavalcante works for the choke again as the pair nearly fall through the ropes. Kikuno stands and tries to spike JZ, who's high on the back. JZ maintains and flattens Kikuno out with 30 seconds left. Some punches from Calvan, but he's just too high on the back to secure the choke. Kikuno gets to his feet just as the bell sounds, and stands with his hands on his hips as Cavalcante raises his arms.
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante (15-3-1, 1 NC) def. Katsunori Kikuno (13-3-2) via split decision
Round 1: O'Brien immediately shoots in, leaving his head fully exposed. Mousasi briefly falls down, grabs the guillotine that's been waiting for him, stands back up and gets the tap. Pretty sure I saw Mousasi shrug afterward.
Gegard Mousasi (29-3-1) def. Jake O'Brien (13-4) via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 0:31
Round 1: Mizuno shoots a double off of a big, awkward front kick but Manhoef stays vertical, lands a couple shots and stalks Mizuno into a corner. Couple more hands connect from Manhoef and Mizuno shoots again. Melvin sprawls and begins wailing on Mizuno, connecting at will as Mizuno's back bounces off the ropes. Finally Mizuno goes down, but Manhoef can't finish and follows him into guard. After a few armbar threats from Mizuno, Manhoef thinks better of the position and backs out, calling for his opponent to stand. They tie up along the ropes and Manhoef staves off a takedown by grabbing the ropes. After a moment, Mizuno is able to drag him down and he pounds away from Manhoef's guard. Six minutes left as Mizuno works from half guard. Mizuno passes to side control and smothers Manhoef's nose and mouth with his left hand. Brief kimura attempt from Mizuno. Now Mizuno works for Manhoef's farside arm, simultaneously kneeing Manhoef in the head. Mizuno botches an armbar and Manhoef escapes! A strange scene ensues wherein Mizuno rocks Manhoef, who flops to his back under a ringpost. Manhoef's face is partially covered by the padding on the post, negating some of the power of Mizuno's hard punches from above. Manhoef is in trouble but the referee takes no action, despite both fighters' limbs sticking through the ropes. Manhoef survives, but shortly thereafter Mizuno wrenches a kimura on his far arm and elicits the tap.
Tatsuya Mizuno (8-5) def. Melvin Manhoef (24-8-1) via submission (kimura) R1, 7:38
Round 1: Omigawa easily shucks an early takedown attempt from Jung and gets to boxing. Omigawa jabs away with the left, strings together a few combinations before Jung starts coming forward swinging wild. One combo sends Jung tumbling and Omigawa gives chase. Omigawa with a guillotine off his back, but can't finish. He gives it up, Jung stands and Omigawa plows him back down. Jung grabs for an armbar and the crowd gasps, but Omigawa escapes easily back into guard. The referee calls for the fighters to stand at the 5:00 mark as Omigawa drills short shots to Jung's ribs. Jung is issued a yellow card for stalling by referee Kenichi Serizawa. Omigawa lands a stiff left and follows up with a few combinations. The stumbling Jung jumps guard, where Omigawa quickly works to full mount and secures a topside guillotine. Jung taps moments later, and a glob of blood spews from the Korean's mouth as Omigawa dismounts.
Michihiro Omigawa (11-8-1) def. Young Sam Jung (0-3) via submission (guillotine choke) R1, 7:31
Round 1: Hata rushes Ishida with a flying knee. Ishida lobs an overhand right and plows Hata to the mat. In the center of the ring, Ishida tries to pass on Hata's left side, stalls out in half guard but eventually gets side control. Only two minutes into the bout and Ishida is working for mount. Now Ishida isolates the farside arm of Taiki and nearly has a crucifix. Ishida jumps to the other side and wrenches what looks to be a fight-ending armbar, but Hata somehow rolls out and escapes to his feet. Hata only manages to land a few shots before Ishida puts him on his back once more. Midway through the round and Ishida has side control again, this time at the edge of the ring. Referee repositions them and Ishida nearly gains mount before Taiki stuffs him back to half guard. Ishida walks around the left side of Hata, side control again, this time raining down several solid shots. Taiki turtles up with just under three minutes remaining and Ishida takes his back briefly. Ishida back in Taiki's guard, dodging upkicks. Hata scrambles to his feet momentarily, only to be drilled into the mat again. Ishida gets Hata's back again and works some heel kicks. Dominant round from Ishida to say the least.
Round 2: Ishida catches the first kick that Hata throws and brings him down. Harder shots from Ishida this round, but Taiki's retaliating from his back as well. Ishida stands and catches an upkick, using the leg to roll Taiki and take his back. Full mount for Ishida, who flattens the squirming Hata out. Ishida's bleeding from his cauliflower ear. 90 seconds left and Hata finally kicks his way free from his back, and snares Ishida in a guillotine in the ensuing scramble. Ishida looks to be in danger momentarily, but it's not all that tight and Ishida eventually extracts his head. Ishida closes out the round punching from guard.
Bloody Elbow sees the bout for Mitsuhiro Ishida.
Mitsuhiro Ishida (19-6-1) def. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata (11-7-3) via unanimous decision
Round 1: Amoussou attacking with leg kicks early, Nakamura not offering much retaliation. Nakamura shoots a single leg from way out but drags Amoussou down and into guard. Amoussou controlling Nakamura's arms well from his back, though a few shots get through. Amoussou threatens a sweep but Nakamura maintains and stands in guard. Amoussou tumbles and escapes, now standing in front of Nakamura throwing uppercuts. Amoussou presses the judoka into the corner and tries to drag him down, but Nakamura ends up back in guard with six minutes left in the frame. Nakamura again stands in Amoussou's guard but doesn't throw. Nakamura back to guard, and he repeats the sequence a few more times. Nakamura is connecting with increasing frequency in the middle part of the round as he swings away from guard. The referee finally stands them up with 90 seconds left and issues Amoussou a yellow card. Alright. Back to the feet, Amoussou rushes in with a combo and eats a right hand. Another right from Nakamura. Amoussou with a flying knee in the waning seconds of the round.
Round 2: Amoussou throwing hands and flying knees to start the round, but Nakamura soon shoots another single and, despite Amoussou grabbing for the ropes, scores the takedown. Nakamura nearly falls into a triangle as he attempts to stack Amoussou up, but he escapes back to guard. Solid left hands from Nakamura from Amoussou's open guard with two minutes left. Amoussou grabs for the right leg of Nakamura, who spins out and repays the favor with a left hand as he dives back into guard. Referee decides to bring the fighters to their feet with a minute left and issues Nakamura a yellow card. Nakamura digs nice left to the body and gets another takedown, where they end the match, appropriately.
Bloody Elbow sees the bout for Kazuhiro Nakamura.
Kazuhiro Nakamura (15-10) def. Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (11-3-2) via unanimous decision