Aoki vs. McCullough. Enjoy it while it’s still available. Props: FightVieoMMA.com
Earlier this morning, DREAM 17 went down in Saitama, Japan. For those of you who have been reading this website for a while now, you know the drill. For those of you who are new here, first off, welcome. Second, DREAM publishes the results of their fights immediately after they happen, but the fights aren’t typically aired on HDNet until a later date. So if you feel like you’ve already read the results from somewhere or already saw the fights, well, you probably have. However, if you were really drunk last night and want to refresh your memory on what you saw (not that we condone that sort of thing), or are too disinterested in DREAM to have stayed in to watch it, then come inside where we have full results waiting after the jump.
Still here? Good. Try not to act too surprised, but Shinya Aoki managed to dump another striker on his back and work for a submission last night. While Rob McCullough managed to get back to his feet after Aoki’s first takedown, he proceeded to do absolutely nothing until getting taken down again. Another impressive performance from Aoki, albeit against questionable competition.
In other non-tournament action, Takeshi Inoue dazzled the Japanese crowd with a head kick knockout of Caol Uno. Sorry, we don’t have a video of that for you. In far more predictable news, Tatsuya Kawajiri submitted Joachim Hansen with an arm triangle in the third round, Sakuraba lost yet another fight, this time to Yan Cabral, Gerald Harris picked up a split decision victory over Kazuhiro Nakamura and Ikuhisa Minowa submitted another oversized freak, Baru Harn. And yes, we actually DO have a video of that.
In Bantamweight World Grand Prix action, UFC veteran Antonio Banuelos picked up a split decision victory over Hideo Tokoro. This fight was his first since being canned by the UFC after a unanimous decision loss to Miguel Torres at UFC 126. Bibiano Fernandes, Masakazu Imanari, and Rodolfo Marques also advanced to the next round with victories last night.
Full results, courtesy of MMAFighting:
Shinya Aoki def. Rob McCullough via submission (neck crank) – R1, 4:52
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Joachim Hansen via submission (arm-triangle), R3, 2:30
Takeshi Inoue def. Caol Uno via KO – R1, 4:17
Yan Cabral def. Kazushi Sakuraba via submission (arm-triangle choke) – R1, 2:42
Satoru Kitaoka def. Willamy Freire via split decision
Gerald Harris def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via split decision
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Baru Harn via submission (scarf-hold armbar) – R1, 4:39
Bantamweight World GP Quarterfinal
Antonio Banuelos def. Hideo Tokoro via split decision
Bibiano Fernandes def. Takafumi Otuska via submission (rear-naked choke) – R1, 0:41
Masakazu Imanari def. Abel Cullum via submission (armbar) – R3, 0:46
Rodolfo Marques def. Yusup Saadulaev via unanimous decision