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Dream 1 Briefs

(Aoki’s magic tights couldn’t protect him from a fight-ending elbow strike. Photo courtesy of MMAWeekly.)

Dream’s debut event went down earlier today in Japan and showcased some soild action and an annoying “no contest.” To the surprise of no one, Cro Cop rocked Tatsuya Mizuno, ending the fight by a KO just 56 ticks into the match. Mizuno was drilled repeatedly by Cro Cop’s punches and couldn’t recover to survive the onslaught.

MMA Weekly has a choice quote from Cro Cop:

“A lot of fighters refuse to fight me these days, but he had courage and he accepted,” said Filipovic afterward from center ring. “For my next fight, I will need a stronger opponent, so anyone is welcome.”

Well, if you need a stronger opponent, anyone is not welcome. Let’s just get him a worthy adversary next time.

In the Lightweight Grand Prix fight many of us were eyeing, Gesias “J.Z.” Calvancante and Shinya Aoki‘s fight was ruled a “no contest” which always blows. J.Z. caught Aoki with an elbow to the back – which is illegal – and the ref stopped the action. Aoki was given ample time to recover, but couldn’t continue. “J.Z.” reportedly did some weird arm-raising prayer routine in his corner while waiting for Aoki to bounce back. When the fight was called by the ringside doc, both fighters apologized to the fans.

In other notable fights, Mitsuhiro Ishida beat Jung Kyung by decision in a fight that had many complaining for lack of actual fighting. “Dida” Amade and mouthy Eddie Alvarez saw Alvarez overpower and pound away, giving the Philly native the win.

Tatsuya Kawajiri outagressed Kultar “The Black Mamba” Gill for a decision win, and Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa kneebarred Lee Gwan into a submission at 1:25 of the first. The tournament winners will fight in May to see who goes to the finials in July.

Full Results:

– Shinya Aoki vs. “J.Z.” Calvancante – No Contest (Illegal Elbow)
– Tatsuya Kawajiri over Kultar “The Black Mamba” Gill via Unanimous Decision
– Eddie Alvarez over Andre “Dida” Amade via TKO, 6:47, Round 1
– Cro Cop over Tatsuya Mizuno via TKO (Strikes), 0:56, Round 1
– Mitsuhiro Ishida over Jung Bu Kyung via Unanimous Decision
– Katsuhiko Nagata over Artur Oumakhanov via Unanimous Decision
– Luiz Firmino over Kazuyuki Miyata via Submission (Rear Naked Choke), 7:37, Round 1
Joachim Hansen over Koutetsu Boku via Unanimous Decision
Hayato Sakurai over Hidetaka Monma via TKO (Strikes), 4:12, Round 1
Ikuhisa Minowa over Lee Gwan via Submission (Kneebar), 1:25, Round 1

We’ll have Dream videos up for ya soon.

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Steve-O- March 16, 2008 at 9:47 pm
it looked like JZ was about to give Aoki a pretty hard time. it's ashame it ended the way it did, but something tells me if Aoki was confident he had the stuff to beat JZ he would've kept going. he definitely was being overpowered up until that point, JZ's got mad skills.
perkedel- March 16, 2008 at 7:13 am
I'm totally with Douchebaggery, Cro Cop can only talk sh*t after beating up bunch of no-name fighters. I didn't recall him 'dominating' his previous two fights. What a douche!
Douchebaggery- March 15, 2008 at 9:37 pm
Crocop needs to shut the fuck up after his last few performances and thank the gods of mma that they gave him such a can.
Rich S.- March 15, 2008 at 11:31 am

i agree..

i thought he looked chubbier than usual.. idk..

and yes, he's just not aggressive enough.. anymore, that is.. not even against skinny japanese guys.. apparently..

but.. he DID finish the fight in under a minute..
oh man- March 15, 2008 at 8:05 am
i wish crocop would be more aggressive and just go and throw his punches.. he can punch better than most people, if not all people in MMA - all he needs if the confidence and agression. if you watch his fights, its like he's afraid of getting hit. he rarely counter punches, when people throw punches he just runs away every time
wado ryu- March 15, 2008 at 4:28 am
101 kg=222 lbs
lolwut- March 15, 2008 at 3:26 am
Is it just me or did crocop look bigger than usual?
Scuba Steve- March 15, 2008 at 2:48 am
Jesus, Cro Cop was dropping BOMBS. Glad that fight is out of the way so he can redeem himself against some talent.
CroCop rules- March 15, 2008 at 1:40 am
Here is Hansens match...
Popetastic- March 15, 2008 at 12:44 am
The Joachim Hansen fight was good.
Asian- March 15, 2008 at 12:18 am
Lame I wanted to see Aoki fight..
The Bloc- March 14, 2008 at 10:56 pm
Mirko's fight:

(most of the dream1 fights are on