DREAM.6 took place earlier today at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
It was the finals of the DREAM middleweight grand prix. Four fighters—Gegard Mousasi, Melvin Manhoef, Zelg Galesic, and Ronaldo Jacare—battled it out in the semi-finals with the winners coming back at the end of the show to fight for the grand prix championship.
Mirko Cro Cop was back in action for the second time this year. He didn’t get a softball this time around though. Instead, he looked to end months of trash talking from the always dangerous Alistair Overeem.
Shinya Aoki, Hayato ‘Mach’ Sakurai, Yoshihiro Akiyama, and Sergei Kharitonov were also in action.
If you haven’t seen the fights yet, and want to before spoiling yourself with the results, you can check them out here.
Results and wrap-up after the jump.
- Gegard Mousasi defeats Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza via Knockout (Upkick) in Round One
- Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic vs. Alistair Overeem ruled a no contest (knee to CC’s groin – could not continue)
- Shinya Aoki defeats Todd Moore via Submission (Neck Crank) in Round One
- Yoshihiro Akiyama defeats Masanori Tonooka via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Hayato ‘Mach’ Sakurai defeats Kuniyoshi Hironaka via Unanimous Decision
- Masakatsu Funaki defeats Ikuhisa Minowa via Submission (Heel Hook) in Round One
- Atsushi Yamamoto defeats Hideo Tokoro via Unanimous Decision
- Sergei Kharitonov defeats Jimmy Ambriz via Submission (Strikes) in Round One
- Keita Nakamura defeats Adriano Martins via Split Decision
- Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza defeats Zelg Galesic via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Gegard Mousasi defeats Melvin Manhoef via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- Andrews Nakahara defeats Dong Sik Yoon via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
The semi-finals of the grand prix didn’t last long. Both winners got quick submissions on their opponents to set up a fair final bout.
Gegard Mousasi showed exactly how to beat Melvin Manhoef. Don’t let him strike first! Mousasi executed the game plan perfectly, and got Manhoef on the ground before he could explode on the feet. From there, it was all Mousasi. For a moment, it looked like Manhoef was channeling his inner ‘Rampage’ Jackson when he got caught in the triangle and lifted Mousasi high up in the air, but he wasn’t able to slam him hard enough to break the hold and knock him out. Instead, it did the opposite and put Manhoef deeper in the triangle and ended the fight.
Jacare showed exactly why there’s a ton of hype surrounding him as a BJJ phenom. Galesic was caught in the mount early. It looked like he was executing a beautiful sweep until Jacare, seemingly out of nowhere, got a hold of his arm for the quick armbar.
Sergei Kharitonov got an easy one for his first fight back in over a year. He was supposed to facing K-1 vet Mighty Mo, but instead squared off against last second replacement Jimmy Ambriz once it was determined Mighty Mo was out with a back injury. It more or less looked like Sergei was fighting a moving punching bag. Easy victory for Kharitonov. Hopefully, we’ll see him back on New Year’s Eve.
It was good to see Masakatsu Funaki get his first win since 1999. Wow, that’s a long time. You know someone’s old when Bas is talking about his fights with him back in the day. If Funaki can do it, maybe Ken Shamrock can too.
Aoki made quick work of Todd Moore. I think we all knew that fight was going to end is some kind of submission from Aoki. I was hoping for something a little crazy, but he got the job done and that’s all that matters.
The Overeem-Cro Cop fight was just awful. That really couldn’t have gone any worse. There was a significant amount of hype and build-up to this fight, and it ultimately disappointed. Overeem was dominating and Cro Cop looked like he did in the UFC up until the end. Basically, Cro Cop got Gonzaga’d on the ground and Kongo’d in the jewels. It was ugly. From what we’ve seen the past two years, it appears Cro Cop’s better days are behind him. Hopefully, he’ll figure it out and eventually come back in old form sometime down the road. The fight did however produce the best line of the night.
“We just got informed by Mirko Cro Cop’s corner that his right testicle is inside.”
How about the finish in the middleweight grand prix final? Mousasi knocked him out cold with the upkick. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen that. Mousasi looked mad after the win. Have no clue why. Great win for Mousasi though and great finish to the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix.