Ikuhisa Minowa knocks out Sokoudjou to become Super Hulk Tournament winner

Minowaman wins the Super Hulk Tournament!

In a surprise ending to DREAM’s Super Hulk Tournament, Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa knocked out Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in the third round of their New Year’s Eve bout at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009 in Saitama, Japan.

Each fighter appeared to have won one round a piece going into the third and final round. Both fighters were very tentative in the third, and in fact were penalized with two yellow cards a piece for inactivity. However, when Minowa finally struck, he only needed one punch to land, and Sokoudjou went to the mat.

It was a short left hook that dropped Sokoudjou backward, bending his legs beneath him, and caused the referee to step in. Sokoudjou appeared to think the stoppage was early, but it was too late, the Japanese were already celebrating their hero.

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DREAM 11 play-by-play commentary and results

Photo: Sherdog - Shinya Aoki gets his revenge with a second round armbar over Joachim Hansen to become the first Japanese DREAM lightweight champion.

If you are up early on Tuesday morning, Oct. 6, then follow along with us here at PROMMA.INFO as we bring you a play-by-play commentary of DREAM 11 going down in Yokohama, Japan and airing on HDNet.

Dream 11 Quick Results:

  • (LW Title Fight) Shinya Aoki def. Joachim Hansen by armbar submission in Round 2
  • Kazushi Sakuraba def. Rubin Williams by kimura submission in Round 1
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Melchor Manibusan by TKO (ground and pound) in Round 1

Featherweight GP:

  • (FW Title Fight) Bibiano Fernandes def. Hiroyuki Takaya by split decision
  • Bibiano Fernandes def. Joe Warren by armbar submission in Round 1
  • Hiroyuki Takaya defeats Hideo Tokoro by TKO in Round 2

Featherweight GP Reserve Bout:

  • Kazuyuki Miyata def. Daiki Hata by unanimous decision

Super Hulk Tournament:

  • Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Bob Sapp by TKO in Round 1
  • Ikuhisa Minowa def. Hong Man Choi by heel hook submission in Round 2

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Dream 11 picks

Sakuraba returns tonight
Sakuraba returns tonight

Last weekend was rough. I went only 11-6, but this is a new day. Check out this Friday’s picks for a full recap. Today we take a look at Dream 11 which features the semi-finals and finals of the featherweight tournament, the semi-finals of the super-hulk tournament, and a lightweight championship bout.

Dream 11
Dream Lightweight Title bout
Shinya Aoki (21-4) vs. Joachim Hansen (19-7-1)
Joachim Hansen seems to be the physical type of fighter that gives Shinya Aoki trouble. In their last fight, Hansen landed hard shots and put Aoki out. That fight and Aoki’s loss to Hayato Sakurai have raised questions about the Tobikan Judan’s chin. This would be a tough fight to call, but Hansen has not fought in over a year due to health concerns. Aoki will be able to implement his submission game and bring home a victory and the Dream lightweight title.
Pick = Shinya Aoki

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Ikuhisa Minowa’s dirty half-dozen

Fans who are still sick from Anderson Silva’s technical fight against Thales Leites will soon get some medicine. On May 26th, DREAM presents their Super Hulk tournament, which is sure to be jam packed with the type of ring-rope-contained violence that Silva detractors crave. The matches are borderline absurd.

There is not one fight between two fighters in the same weight class, and it includes the headline-grabbing bout between baseball’s premiere juicer, Jose Canseco, and South Korean giant, Hong Man Choi. Although many bloggers and pundits have proclaimed that Canseco has no business in this tournament, no one has noted that another entrant belongs in this tournament the same way Michael Phelps belongs in Olympic swimming pools.

Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa first stepped into the ring back in 1996. In his first ten bouts he put up an uninspiring 1-8-1 record, but he was undeterred, and now he finds himself with a winning record and as veteran of 79 fights.

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