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Dream 16 Aftermath: If You Really Need to See Proof That Kazushi Sakuraba Shouldn’t Be Fighting, Here It Is …

(Fight starts at 4:15, though all the good stuff is before that.  Vids Props: YouTube/ZombieProphet420)

Leading up to his fight with Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 16, Jason “Mayhem” Miller said he wanted to be the first person to submit the Japanese legend since Kimo did it during a possibly worked fight back in 1996. Well, Miller gets his wish here, though at this point beating Sakuraba seems to be the same level of accomplishment as going to the grocery store and coming back with everything on your list. The only way it’s not going to happen is if something goes horribly wrong.

We’re told that Saku’s entrance video before this bout is an homage to a popular cartoon in Japan. Don’t know about all that. In the states, we just call that shit creepy. The whole scene – complete with fellow old-school fighting phenom Tsuyoshi Kohsaka on the “drums” – is almost bizarre enough to distract from the sad reality of what’s become of Sakuraba as he continues to fight well into his golden years. Almost, but not quite.

As a little pick-me-up, after the jump watch Chase Beebe get knocked out by Hiroyuki Takaya.

Prior to the Miller-Sakuraba fight, it appears that “Mayhem” is not content to let Saku have the only over-the-top walk-out.  You have to look quick at the beginning to see it, but it appears Miller brings his own literal teenage fanclub with him to the ring. In all honesty, they have a lot to cheer about here.

Though Sakuraba tosses out some half-hearted punches in the early going – and even rolls for a leg lock once the fight hits the ground – it’s all over as soon as “Mayhem” stabilizes his position on top. Before the fight Michael Schiavello wonders aloud if Miller will have the heart to give Sakuraba a beating if it comes to it. The answer to that question is a resounding yes. Miller helps Saku along in his march toward Alzheimer’s with some stuff shots on the mat, then transitions to an arm triangle that Sakuraba appears totally content to let him have.

Pretty much everything about this fight gives the impression the 41-year-old is just out to make an appearance in front of the home crowd. Give the people a little thrill, take a minor beating, go home. Sad, really.

Other noteworthy results from Dream 16 include a smattering of first round wins, including quick victories for Takaya, Joachim Hansen, Michihiro Omigawa and Gegard Mousasi. (Ed. Note: Apparently the win netted "Sweet N’ Sassy" the Dream light heavyweight title. Who knew?!?) Shinya Aoki picked up a decision nod over the miraculously healed Ikuhisa Minowa on points. Oh hey, James Thompson lost again. This time by decision. So that sounds weird. It was just the second time in Thompson’s career that he’s gone the distance. The first was against Dan Severn back in 2004.

(Ed. Note: Sorry to get your hopes up, James Thompson fans. I erroneously reported earlier that he’d won by split decision. Turns out, he didn’t. That’s my bad. CD)

Anyway, on to the beating:

(Fight starts at 2:55.)

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DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 26, 2010 at 3:14 pm
What celebrating is everyone talking about? that was a fairly mild burst of happiness about winning a fight, in front of thousands of people, 5 seconds prior.. quit hatin
Hank Mardukis- September 26, 2010 at 9:20 am
@ Mr. Miss

you can thank me anytime for tha dundas' new nickname...
BackbaconBilly- September 25, 2010 at 6:16 pm
They should have just left Saku sleep forever, and save this once great fighter the embarasement of ever getting beatdown again.
Cosmin- September 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Turd Furgeson- September 25, 2010 at 3:35 pm
No wonder Hellboy won. He wouldn't stop kickin that dude in the balls.
fatbellyfrank- September 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Sakuraba is done and done, take nothing away from Mayhem, he did what he had to do and got a good win, but seeya Saku.
Oh, and whats the over/under on Tommy Lawlor doing a tribute to Sponge Bob Square pants for his next ring entrance?
ytrebil- September 25, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Good finish by Miller. Nice GnP.
Turd Furgeson- September 25, 2010 at 1:13 pm
While I do love Mayhem, I really wish Sakuraba would quit getting taking fights in which he knows he's gonna get his face smashed (retire).
Gardeninja- September 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm
I love Sakuraba but he agreed to fight Miller and he got beat up. You can't fault Miller for being Miller because if he fought any less cocky or less hard it would have been far more disrespectful to Sakuraba than doing his best.
Jesus Frijoles- September 25, 2010 at 11:38 am
Peace sign+ beating up grandpa=douche.
DaltonSwayze- September 25, 2010 at 11:37 am
@ghostboner: That woulda been sick! HOWEVER, it was awesome enough that he taunted mid-ground and pound like that.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 25, 2010 at 11:27 am
@ Crocodile Dundas

Thanks for the KOs.
ghostboner- September 25, 2010 at 11:11 am
It would have been better if Mayhem had looked at the camera and yelled "Don't be scared homie!" I really think if he overplays that line enough, that Nick will start to feel like a bitch and fight him. Cause he ain't no bitch homie. Nawhamsayin?
JCVD as Timecop- September 25, 2010 at 11:08 am
I often put things on my grocery list that the stores around here just plain don't stock; yet I continue to put them on my list anyways?!
Kimbos Bread- September 25, 2010 at 10:38 am
Thompson did lose that fight.

Also, that Sakuraba fight was phenomenal. If you didn't like it, then you're not watching for the right reasons. Miller needs to be brought back into the UFC.

Can we get the rest of the videos please (ie: the Mousasi fight).
jimbonics- September 25, 2010 at 10:03 am
lmao @ miller throwing up the mario peace sign mid fight. A born entertainer, that man.
ComaPlata- September 25, 2010 at 9:13 am
It appeared to me that Miller was not celebrating the fact that he beat up a Grandpa as much as he was celebrating a personal mental victory for taking on and dominating a fighter whom he has looked up to. War Miller... now please Coker, let him beat the shit out of Nick.
danomite- September 25, 2010 at 8:50 am
When I go to hell, and I'm pretty sure that's where I'm going, I'm guessing it will consist of me being chained to a rock between Michael Schiavello and Joey Karate while they argue with each other about what their favorite Ben Affleck movie is.
Jesus Frijoles- September 25, 2010 at 8:46 am
Right after that Miller went down the nursing home and beat up someones grandpa.

Celebrate like you actually did something you douche.
Maine Blazer- September 25, 2010 at 8:45 am
Thompson lost.
SnallTrippin- September 25, 2010 at 8:43 am
'stiff' shots on the mat.
EvilScott- September 25, 2010 at 8:41 am
You sure James Thompson won? Everywhere else is reporting he lost by Split Dec.
surf_finland- September 25, 2010 at 8:40 am
James Thompson lost.
MyFightWiffaCheeto- September 25, 2010 at 8:34 am
More videos to come???