“DREAM.12 – The Cage of the Rising Sun” takes place Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at Osaka Castle Hall in Osaka, Japan. The event is airing live in the U.S. on HDNet beginning at 1:00 a.m. CT.
PROMMA.INFO will be providing live play-by-play commentary of the event. Follow along with us as DREAM debuts its new cage. Also, DREAM is using three, five minute rounds as opposed to a ten minute first round followed by one five minute round.
Alistair Overeem faces James Thompson in the main event. The odds makers have Overeem at -1200 and Thompson at +700. Wow! That has to be one of the biggest mismatches in MMA history.
- Alistair Overeem def. James Thompson by submission (standing guillotine) Rd 1 (0:33)
- Eddie Alvarez def. Katsunori Kikuno by submission (arm triangle) Rd 2
- Marius Zaromskis def. Myeon Ho Bae by knockout (head kick) Rd 1
- Kazushi Sakuraba def. Zelg Galesic by submission (kneebar) Rd 1
- Katsuyori Shibata def. Tokimitsu Ishizawa by TKO (punches) Rd 1
- Dong-Sik Yoon def. Tarec Saffiedine by split decision
- Yoshiro Maeada def. Chase Beebe by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1
- Kuniyoshi Hironaka def. Won Sik “Parky” Park by TKO (eye injury) Rd 1 (5:00)
- Tomoya Miyashita def. Keisuke Fujiwara by unanimous decision
Tomoya Miyashita vs. vs. Keisuke Fujiwara
Round 1 – Miyashita gets the takedown and is in Fujiwara’s half guard, trying to pass to side control. Fujiwara looking for a triangle as he is pressed up against the cage. Knees to the head by Miyashita. Up kicks by Fujiwara. They scramble and Fujiwara still kicking from his back, he turtles up and Miyashita throws some more knees to the head. Miyashita looking for the guillotine on the turtled Fujiwara as the bell sounds. Definitely give that round to Miyashita.
Round 2 – Leg kick by Miyashita and then shoots for the takedown. Puts Fujiwara on his back again and is in his full guard. Fujiwara locks in an omoplata. Miyashita rolls out. Fujiwara gets up but gets put right back down. Miyashita gets side control, they scramble, Fujiwara lands an up kick. Miyashita moves back to side control, where he lands a knee to the head. Now in Fujiwara’s butterfly guard, he pushes Miyashita off but Miyashita moves to side control and is controlling the bout even though he is not doing much damage. Fujiwara turtles up and eats some knees to the head over and over. But he seems to be OK and Fujiwara rolls to try and escape. Miyashita is back in side control and lands more knees to the head. Fujiwara rolls, looks for an arm, doesn’t get it. Once again, I give that round to Miyashita.
Round 3 – Miyashita shoots but gets stuffed, shoots again and gets the takedown. Fujiwara has full guard control and lands a couple of shots and an up kick from his back. Miyashita gets side control. Fujiwara lands a couple of knees from his back to Miyashita’s head. They scramble, Fujiwara turtle’s and Miyashita lands some big knees to the head, then puts Fujiwara back on his back and gets side mount, lands some punches to the body. Fujiwara lands some nice knees to the head from his back. Fujiwara locks in an armbar but Miyashita escapes. Fujiwara locks in a triangle and is landing punches to Miyashita’s head at the same time. Fujiwara is pulling down Miyashita’s head and it looks tight, referee is looking close. Fujiwara’s triangle is getting loose. 45 seconds left and Miyashita is completely out and moves to side control and starts landing punches and knees to the head. Big knees over and over to the head and the bell sounds. I give the round to Miyashita and the fight to him as well. OFFICIAL RESULT: Tomoya Miyashita defeats Keisuke Fujiwara by unanimous decision.
Won Sik “Parky” Park vs. Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Round 1 – Hironaka comes in swinging. A couple of leg kicks from Hironaka. Left jab from Park. Leg kick from Park and one back from Hironaka. Park lands a nice punch. Park has a tae kwon do background. Inside leg kick by Park. Big right hand from Park followed up by a barrage of strikes and a knee to the body. Hironaka tries to take it down but gets stuffed. Park with inside leg kick. Leg kick by Hironaka and Park returns the favor. Hironaka lands a stiff right hand right before the bell. I give that round to Park.
The towel is thrown in between rounds before round two starts. Won Sik Park could not see out of his left eye and can not continue. OFFICIAL RESULT: Kuniyoshi Hironaka defeats Won Sik “Parky” Park by TKO (eye injury) in Round 1 (5:00).
Chase Beebe vs. Yoshiro Maeda
Round 1 – Nice left hand and a leg kick from Maeda as he is pouring it on strong. Beebe lands a good knee but is eating a bunch of punches. Maeda lands a nice leg kick and a body kick and another leg kick. Beebe locks the body for a takedown but Maeda breaks loose. Beebe catches a kick and puts Maeda down. Maeda stands up, lands a body punch. Spinning back kick to the body by Beebe. Round kick to the body by Maeda. This is a fun fight. Maeda has Beebe on his back and is in his guard. Beebe landing punches from the bottom. 1:50 left in the round. Big hammerfist from the bottom by Beebe. Beebe scrambles, Maeda takes his back quickly, locks in a rear-naked choke and Beebe has to tap. Beebe has lost four in a row now. OFFICIAL RESULT: Yoshiro Maeada defeats Chase Beebe by submission (rear-naked choke) in Round 1.
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Dong-Sik Yoon
Round 1 – Leg kick by Saffiedine, Yoon does the same, Saffiedine returns with another leg kick. Saffiedine gets a takedown and gets side control. Knee to the side of the head by Saffiedine. Yoon has butterfly guard. Saffiedine stands and then Yoon stands after taking a kick to the leg. Yoon comes in swinging, clinches, grabs a single leg on Saffiedine against the cage. Yoon lets the leg go, Saffiedine grabs him around the back briefly, then spins around to a front clinch. Saffiedine comes out of Team Quest. Ref separates them and puts them in the center of the cage. Leg kick by Yoon. Head kick by Saffiedine barely misses. Close round but give the round to Saffiedine.
Round 2 – Leg kick by Saffiedine. Right, left, jumping knee by Saffiedine. Leg kick by Yoon. Yoon shoots, gets the takedown and Saffiedine working on a kimura. Yoon is in Saffiedine’s half guard. 2:30 left in the round. Yoon trying to takes his opponent’s back. Saffiedine turtles up and Yoon takes his back. Yoon looking for a rear-naked choke. It looks tight. It was actually a neck crank. Now he has the rear-naked but Saffiedine scrambles out. Yoon postures up from Saffiedine’s back and lands several punches. Yoon wins that round.
Round 3 – Yoon advancing, Saffiedine moving side to side and backward. Leg kick by Saffiedine. Right hand by Yoon. Yoon swings and misses, he shoots, gets stuffed. Leg kick by Saffiedine. Right hand by Saffiedine as Yoon throws a leg kick. Ref calls time and issues a yellow card to both fighters. 2:00 minutes to go and Saffiedine lands a nice right hand. And another good one, and a couple of more punches. Yoon shoots an ugly shot after getting hit. He stands back up after realizing there was no one there. Saffiedine is picking Yoon apart this round. Yoon grabs a single leg but Saffiedine pulls out. Saffiedine tries to pull guard, stands back up, grabs a single leg as the bell sounds. I give that round to Saffiedine and the fight to him as well. OFFICIAL RESULT: Dong-Sik Yoon defeats Tarec Saffiedine by split decision.
Tokimitsu Ishizawa vs. Katsuyori Shibata
Round 1 – These guys are both pro wrestlers. Shibata lands multiple punches that rock Ishizawa. They clinch and Shibata lands a knee to the body. Ishizawa lands a big body shot. Ishizawa shoots but Shibata sprawls. Shibata lands a couple of punches. Ishizawa lands some nice punches and another nice combination of punches. Shibata presses Ishizawa against the cage with a Muay Thai clinch and lands a couple of knees to the head. Shibata working over Ishizawa’s body with multiple punches. Shibata lands a combination to the face and a big lef hand that drops Ishizawa, he follows up with just a few seconds left with big punches to the downed Ishizawa and the ref steps in right at the bell. OFFICIAL RESULT: Katsuyori Shibata defeats Tokimitsu Ishizawa by TKO (punches) in Round 1.
Zelg Galesic vs. Kazushi Sakuraba
Round 1 – Sakuraba shoots, gets the single leg and goes for a knee bar, then achilles lock. Galesic is pounding away on Sakuraba’s face while he holds onto Galesix’s leg. The referee is just watching. Sakuraba locks in the knee bar, it is tight and Galesic is forced to tap. This is incredible because Sakuraba probably took 50 shots to the face. I thought the damn fight probably should have been stopped. Somehow he survived, and then locked in that knee bar. Wow! The crowd goes nuts and Michael Schiavello had an on screen orgasm. OFFICIAL RESULT: Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Zelg Galesic by submission (kneebar) in Round 1.
Myeon Ho Bae vs. Marius Zaromskis
Round 1 – Jumping knee by Bae and rocks Zaromskis with a right hand but Zaromskis fires off with a huge left high kick that catches Myeon Ho Bae on the neck and back of the head and he falls out cold to the ground. It’s over just like that. OFFICIAL RESULT: Marius Zaromskis defeats Myeon Ho Bae by knockout (head kick) in Round 1.
Katsunori Kikuno vs. Eddie Alvarez
Round 1 – Kikuno is about to get… taken down… I was gonna say knocked out cause his hands were so low. But now Kikuno has a neck crank on Alvarez, it’s like a reverse full nelson. He held Alvarez in that position for at least two minutes. Finally Alvarez gets out but he looks wobbly. He’s shaking his head and Kikunocomes in to take advantage and lands some shots. It turns into a slug fest with about 1:30 left in the round. Big left hand from Alvarez connects. Another big left by Eddie. Eddie shoots, puts Kikuno against the cage. Front kick to Alvarez’s body as he tries to come forward. Kikuno catches him again with a kick to the body. Kikuno definitely won that round.
Round 2 – Body kick by Kikuno. Huge right hand drops Kikuno. Kikuno holds his hands way too low but he got away with it until then. Left hand to the chin by Kikuno. Alvarez gets a takedown and gets side control. They scramble and Alvarez locks in a guillotine choke. He has his legs around Kikuno’s waist but only one arm holding Kikuno’s head, and he pops out. They stand up. Big uppercut from Alvarez followed by multiple body shots, head shots, Kikuno fires back, it’s a slug fest again. Alvarez shoots and puts Kikuno down but Kikuno locks on a guillotine, but it’s too loose and Alvarez’s head pops out. 1:30 left in the round, Alvarez puts on an arm triangle from side mount, turns his body and Kikuno taps out, just like Justin Wren did to Wes Sims. OFFICIAL RESULT: Eddie Alvarez defeats Katsunori Kikuno by submission (arm triangle) in Round 2.
James Thompson vs. Alistair Overeem
Round 1 – Something very bad could happen here. Or maybe it could be the biggest upset in the history of MMA. Famous gong and dash by Thompson does nothing. Thompson chases Overeem. Overeem locks in a standing guillotine and Thompson taps in 33 seconds. Pretty interesting Overeem won by submission, wasn’t expecting that myself. Overeem did throw a flying knee and almost went over the cage. OFFICIAL RESULT: Alistair Overeem defeats James Thompson by submission (standing guillotine) in Round 1 (0:33).