DREAM.12 fight videos are in the playlist above. Recap and results after jump, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t read any further.
DREAM.12 took place earlier this morning in Osaka, Japan. It was the debut of the “White Cage,” which depending on your preferences, was either a welcomed change or a disappointing departure from the traditional white ring.
Alistair Overeem rolled on to another easy victory keeping his two-year unbeaten streak intact. James Thompson charged Overeem as soon as the bell sounded like he always does. Alistair evaded, went for a highlight reel flying knee at one point, but eventually choked out the out-of-shape Thompson with a standing guillotine. After the fight, Alistair announced he would be back in DREAM, presumably at FieLDS Dynamite!! 2009 on NYE, after he becomes the K-1 champion at the WGP finals in early December.
Eddie Alvarez returned to DREAM for the first time since losing to Shinya Aoki last NYE at Dynamite!! 2008. He struggled a bit in the first as Kikuno stuffed all of his takedown attempts. Eddie landed a couple shots on the feet, but he looked sloppy as the failed takedowns seemed to take a lot out of him. Eddie looked a lot better in the second though. His striking was sharper, and he was able to get Kikuno down twice. After a failed guillotine attempt early in the round, Eddie was able to secure an arm triangle forcing Kikuno to tap. Eddie declared after the fight that he would return to DREAM and become the DREAM Lightweight Champion.
Marius Zaromskis is one serious striker. He opened the fight with a flying knee from halfway across the cage, landed a few shots, then delivered the kill shot in the form of a left high kick. Myeon Ho Bae even had his hand up as Zaromskis foot connected with his neck. Zaromskis is becoming the Cro Cop of the welterweight division with his head kicks.
Kazushi Sakuraba proved his still has a little gas in the tank, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t take another beating to get the win. He immediately went for a single leg when the fight started. He got Galesic down, grabbed his leg and immediately attempted to submit him with a heel hook. Galesic twisted around and proceeded to drop hammerfists and rain punches on Sakuraba. It seemed like it could have been stopped at any moment, and lot of US refs probably would have, but Sakuraba never let his leg go and eventually secured a knee bar forcing Zelg to tap out.
Shibata, Dong Sik Yoon, Maeda, Hironaka and Miyashita all secured victories in the remaining bouts. Full results below.
- Alistair Overeem defeats James Thomson via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Eddie Alvarez defeats Katsunori Kikuno via Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) in Round Two
- Marius Zaromskis defeats Myeon Ho Bae via Knockout (Head Kick) in Round One
- Kazushi Sakuraba defeats Zelg Galesic via Submission (Kneebar) in Round One
- Katsuyori Shibata defeats Tokimitsu Ishizawa by TKO (Punches) in Round one
- Yoon Dong Sik defeats Tarec Saffiedine via Split Decision
- Yoshiro Maeda defeats Chase Beebe via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
- Kuniyoshi Hironaka defeats Won Sik Park via TKO (Corner’s Stoppage) in Round One
- Tomoya Miyashita defeats Keisuke Fujiwara via Unanimous Decision