DREAM 11 saw the first ever Japanese DREAM champion crowned in the lightweight division. The featherweight champion wa also crowned. Last, and most certainly least, the Super-Hulk tournament provide the oddity we’ve come to expect. Much more commentary after the jump.
Bibiano Fernandes vs. Hiroyuki Takaya
A striking contest broke out in the middle of this fight. Everyone knew Takaya was supposed to be the better striker, but Fernandes showed that he is a well rounded fighter by throwing back with quality strikes. Referee Yuji Shimda heavily influenced the fight by taking Fernandes out of a back mount twice. Bibiano Fernandes is the real deal. Let’s see who FEG matches him up against next. Both men fought admirably.
Shinya Aoki (21-4) vs. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
People like to think of Aoki as a go for broke submission guy, because he has so many flashy submission wins. In fact he is just a good all around grappler. He should every aspect of his game in beating Hansen. He scored with rugged takedowns and controlled position on the ground. In true Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fashion he waited for his opponent to make a mistake and capitalized. This was truly a great win for Aoki.