Fields Dynamite!! 2008 took place earlier today at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Japanese MMA legends Kazushi Sakuraba and Kiyoshi Tamura finally squared off in the night’s main event.
In what should have the been the DREAM LW GP Final match-up, Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki met for the WAMMA Lightweight Championship.
Melvin Manhoef stepped in on a day’s notice for Jerome LeBanner to fight the much bigger K-1 vet Mark Hunt in a DREAM rules match.
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, in the night’s David and Goliath bout, fought the Korean giant, Hong Man Choi.
Alistair Overeem took a tough fight under K-1 rules against K-1 Heavyweight king and resident bad boy Badr Hari.
Japanese freak show staple Bob Sapp participated in the mother of all freak shows when he fought an amateur wrestling champion dressed up as a Japanese anime character.
Gegard Mousasi, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Hayato “Mach” Sakurai, Semmy Schilt, Mighty Mo and Minnowaman were also in action.
The fight between Joachim Hansen and JZ Calvacante was canceled due an apparent head injury to Hansen. MMA Weekly has a report.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- DREAM-Rule: Kiyoshi Tamura defeats Kazushi Sakuraba via Unanimous Decision
- DREAM-Rule: Joachim Hansen vs. “JZ” Gesias Cavalcante
- DREAM-Rule: Shinya Aoki defeats Eddie Alvarez (15-2) via Submission (Heel Hook) in Round One
- DREAM-Rule: Melvin Manhoef defeats Mark Hunt via Knockout in Round One
- K-1-Rule: Gegard Mousasi defeats Musashi via Knockout in Round One
- DREAM-Rule: Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic defeats Hong Man Choi by TKO (Leg Kick) in Round One
- K-1 Rule: Alistair Overeem defeats Badr Hari by Knockout in Round One
- K-1-Rule: Tatsuya Kawajiri defeats Kozo Takeda via TKO in Round One
- DREAM-Rule: Hayato Sakurai defeats Katsuyori Shibata via TKO in Round One
- DREAM-Rule: Semmy Schilt defeated Mighty Mo via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round One
- DREAM-Rule: Bob Sapp defeats Kinniku Mantaro via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- K-1 Youth Tournament Final: HIROYA defeats Koya Urabe via Unanimous Decision
- DREAM-Rule: Andy Ologun defeats Yukio Sakaguchi via Knockout in Round One
- DREAM-Rule: Daisuke Nakamura defeats Hideo Tokoro via Submission (Arm Bar) in Round One
- K-1-Rule: Artur Kyshenko defeats Yoshihiro Sato via Majority Decision
- K-1 Youth Tournament (semi-final): HIROYA defeats Shota Shimada via Unanimous Decision
- K-1 Youth Tournament (semi-final): Koya Urabe defeats Tatsuya Kusakabe via TKO in Round Three
- DREAM-Rule: Ikuhisa Minowa defeats Errol Zimmerman via Submission (Toe Hold) in Round One
- K-1 Youth (Reserve): Taishi Hiratsuka defeats Daizo Sasaki by Knockout in Round Two
Badr Hari vs Alistair Overeem: Wow, so Alistair Overeem KO’d Badr Hari in the first round. Overeem landed a left straight early that seemed to rock Hari pretty good, but didn’t put him down. Then not too long thereafter he caught Hari with a left knee-left hook combo that put Hari on his ass. That was pretty much the beginning of the end as Overeem landed another left hook that laid Hari out for good. Wow, I’m no K-1 expert, but I’m pretty sure that’s a big fat giant upset. Great win for Overeem, but I’m not looking forward to his ego getting even bigger.
Bob Sapp vs Cartoon: Apparently, the man playing Kinniku Mantaro is a very good wrestler and I saw quite a few people picking him to win. That didn’t happen though. I only caught the tail end of the fight, but what I saw was Bob Sapp on Mantaro’s back beating on him, they got up, Sapp landed a punch that seemed to shift Mantaro’s mask prompting him to readjust it. Sapp took advantage and popped him right after which allowed Sapp to push him in the corner and finish him. Basically, the poor guy dressed up as cartoon ended up losing because he was dressed up as a cartoon. Go figure.
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kozo Takeda: Kawajiri gave Takeda a straight beatdown in their K-1 rules match. The highlight of the fight was Kawajiri executing a perfect flying knee that landed flush on Takeda’s chin sending him straight to the mat. He popped right back up (I don’t know how), but Kawajiri put him down one more time shortly thereafter for the TKO. That’s 2-0 for MMA fighters under K-1 rules from what I’ve seen thus far.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Musashi: Make that 3-0. Wow, Mousasi just owned Musashi. In the opening moments of the fight Gegard landed a left straight I believe that put Musashi on his ass. Once the fight was restarted, Mousasi attacked and lit Musashi up with flurries of punches dropping him once again, and finally forcing the ref to step in and stop the fight. Great performance by Gegard Mousasi. I know it was K-1 rules here, but he’s had one hell of a year and definitely someone to watch for in 2009.
Mark Hunt vs. Melvin Manhoef: Holy shit, Hunt vs Manhoef was over almost as quick as it started. Hunt, with the massive weight advantage, charged toward Manhoef pushing him back into the corner, but Manhoef countered with two shots that landed beautifully on Hunt’s granite chin that put him out. Damn, Manhoef has serious serious power knocking out a dude who NEVER gets knocked out and outweighs him by probably 80+ lbs.
Eddie Alvarez vs Shinya Aoki: Shinya Aoki is not someone you want to let get his hands or legs on you. Aoki’s first attempt to get Alvarez on the ground consisted of him butt-scooting all over the ring several times, almost burning a hole in his colorful spandex pants. Alvarez wisely wanted no part of it and the ref finally stood him up. Aoki then caught a kick of Eddie’s and managed to get to his back for a second until Eddie flipped around and threw Aoki landing on top of him. Alvarez appeared like he was trying to get off Aoki to get it back on the feet, but Aoki grabbed a leg and submitted Alvarez with a heel hook that appeared to somehow injure his knee. Not sure how serious it is, but I bet Bellator was sweating bullets after watching Eddie exit the ring with a giant ice pack on his knee. Hopefully, nothing was torn.
Cro Cop vs Hong Man Choi: Cro Cop looked like a little kid next to HMC. I don’t even know how to characterize this fight. It basically consisted of Cro Cop circling Choi and landing sporadic kicks until the ref got tired of it and gave them both a yellow card. Cro Cop then went for an inside leg kick that appeared to get a piece of Choi’s family jewels, thus halting the action so Choi could recover. As soon as the fight was restarted, Cro Cop went right back with a wicked inside leg kick that sent Choi crumbling to the mat, much like what Pat Barry did to Dan Evensen at UFC 92. Dana White said he would welcome Cro Cop back into the UFC if he won tonight, and he did, so it will be interesting to what, if anything, happens there. Cro Cop did announce after the fight that he will have knee surgery in two days and will be out six months, so if he does make a UFC return, it’s not going to be for awhile.
All in all, from what I saw, it was a highly entertaining night (morning) of fights. My only disappointment, besides Joachim Hansen and JZ Calvacante not fighting, was nearly every fight ended pretty quickly. I was hoping for a few epic battles, but that’s how it goes. I’m happy I just got to see them. MMA in 2008 is officially done. What a year. Here’s to an even better 2009!