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DREAM 15 Aftermath: Aoki, Mousasi Go Back To Japan, Where the Competition is a Little Easier


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Give the DREAM bosses some credit, these guys sure know how to build suspense into what otherwise might be a fairly straightforward and pleasing night of MMA fights. As it turned out, there was no surprise run-in from Alistair Overeem and the Japanese promotion with the fly-by-the-seat-of-its pants matchmaking style never found a fight for Ricco Rodriguez. We hope it paid for the flight and the sushi, at least.  On the bright side, DREAM finally did manage to convince Gegard Mousasi to put in the 31 seconds of work it took to defeat an overweight Jake O’Brien and Shinya Aoki likewise bounced back from an embarrassing loss in Strikeforce a few months ago to put a quick and typically stoic beating on Tatsuya Kawajiri.

Like “Sweet and Sassy,” Aoki called it an early night, withstanding some heel kicks to the face as he locked up an Achilles lock that secured the tap and appeared to damage his Kawajiri’s leg in just one minute, 53 seconds. A couple of days after possibly declaring his bi-sexuality at the event’s weigh-in (we assume he was being ironical), Aoki ditched his trademark colorful tights for relatively conservative board shorts and rushed from the ring following his win to get some lovin’ from his (possibly female) fiancé.

After the jump, O’Brien vs. Mousasi, where it will take you all of the first 15 seconds to see why the American had a little trouble making weight …



O’Brien begins the bout with an automatic yellow card and a 10 percent purse reduction for excessive fatness. He also tries to take heed of Mousasi’s comments after his recent loss to Muhammed Lawal that he “didn’t know a lot about takedowns” by shooting immediately. Unfortunately for O’Brien, neither works out too well for him, as Mousasi quickly puts him out with a standing guillotine.

Play-by-play man Michael Schiavello, naturally, yells his “Good night, Irene!” catchphrase after O’Brien slumps to the canvas, which seems more applicable than the three times Schiavello yells it after Aoki’s submission win. At least O’Brien appears to lose actually consciousness for at least a few seconds.

After he recovers a bit, O’Brien gets to his knees and drops a frustrated F-bomb, as if to say: “Man, I wish I would’ve trained, or even put forth any of the effort  – before or during – that it would’ve taken to win this fight.” 

In other action, Melvin Manhoef appeared game for his fight against Tatsuya Mizuno … until Mizuno took him down and tapped him out with a kimura in the first round. Seriously Melvin, if you’re going to keep going with this whole “MMA” thing we must insist that you make at least some pretense of trying to learn a bit of ground.

Recent Strikeforce signee Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante snapped a two-fight losing streak and got his first win since 2007 by earning a split decision over Katsunori Kikuno.

Complete results:
Shinya Aoki def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via submission (Achilles lock), round 1, 1:53
Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante def. Katsunori Kikuno via split decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Jake O’Brien via submission (guillotine choke), round 1, 0:31
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (kimura) round 1, 7:38
Michihiro Omigawa def. Young Sam Jung via submission (guillotine choke) round 1, 7:31
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daiki "DJ.taiki" Hata via unanimous decision
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision

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Dick_Gozenya- July 11, 2010 at 1:09 am
DREAM's new logo:

"If you DREAM it- you CAN!"
Emopinata- July 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm
@ghostboner,
no one likes him im pretty sure, comes to the U.S is nada, so goes back to japan and just beats up on baddies.
he prob thinks hes the shit too
ghostboner- July 10, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Man I really do not like Aoki. Not at all.
Dick_Gozenya- July 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm
DREAM has been impressing investors with their innovative eco-friendly approach to MMA promotion. They are commited to pioneering a low resource, "green", just-in-time form of lean manufacturing utilizing low overhead and limiting company liability. They have managed to significantly reduce their carbon foot-print and are currently ranked as the world's number one organization for recycling used cans. Hooray DREAM!
KimboSlice- July 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm
"IT'S GOODNIGHT IRENEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

"Um, his names Jake. Jake O'Brien."
Yves Latrine- July 10, 2010 at 11:35 am
Does anyone like Schiavello's catch phrase "Goodnight, Irene?" That shit is fucking stupid. Someone tell that puffy asshole to stop trying to make Goodnight Irene happen.
ccman- July 10, 2010 at 11:34 am
I feel sooooooo vindicated right now.

I said when sf partnered dream was weak. Said fighters go to japan to fluff records. Bwhahahahahaha. Japanese can't fight unless they can commit suicide doin it. Warrior spirit is dead.
2DaDeath- July 10, 2010 at 10:26 am
There's just something about Aoki that rubs me the wrong way. I think he needs another beating by an American.
k-onda- July 10, 2010 at 10:07 am
My Manhoef is just the submissive type ...
RearNakedPoke- July 10, 2010 at 10:01 am
Jakes head wasnt in it....well ok, is head was in the guillotine physically but his mental head was out eatting more donuts...loves him some donuts!
DaltonSwayze- July 10, 2010 at 8:48 am
O'Brien looked like he was trying to guillotined. Did Bones Jones teach him nothing?
echoxer0- July 10, 2010 at 8:39 am
"appeared to damage his Kawajiri’s leg in just one minute, 53 seconds."

idk man, is that suppose to be a gay joke on aoki? or just bad writing like the recent CP articles?

damn im bashing u guys alot lately...
its all out of love guys
DangadaDang- July 10, 2010 at 8:34 am
what the fuck is with the spell check on my computer?
DangadaDang- July 10, 2010 at 8:33 am
Poor Joey Chesnut. First his win at the Nathans Hotdog Contest is overshadowed by Kobiyashi getting arrested, then he accepts what he thought was a rematch in Japan only to get put to sleep by some not Japanese guy named Mousasi. Poor illiterate Joey Chesnut.
DangadaDang- July 10, 2010 at 8:33 am
Poor Joey Chesnut. First his win at the Nathans Hotdog Contest is overshadowed by Kobiyashi getting arrested, then he excepts what he thought was a rematch in Japan only to get put to sleep by some not Japanese guy named Mousasi. Poor illiterate Joey Chesnut.
Lysol- July 10, 2010 at 7:54 am
After he recovers a bit, O’Brien gets to his knees and drops a frustrated F-bomb, as if to say: “Man, I wish I would’ve trained, or even put forth any of the effort – before or during – that it would’ve taken to win this fight.”
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My thoughts exactly.
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