(Aoki vs. Gardner. Props to MMALinker.)
The opening round of DREAM’s featherweight GP is in the books, with tournament standout Masakazu Imanari advancing (just barely) over Atsushi Yamamoto, former wrestling world champion Joe Warren scoring a cut-stoppage victory over former WEC bantamweight champ Chase Beebe, and Korean judo champ Jong Won Kim losing his MMA debut to Hiroyuki Takaya.
The non-tourney bouts were all easy victories for the big names, as Mitsuhiro Ishida used his wrestling to dominate Daisuke Nakamura for 15 minutes, and Tatsuya Kawajiri was able to choke out BJ Penn student Ross Ebanez in the shortest fight of the night. The Shinya Aoki/David Gardner 163-pound feature started out exciting, with the American punishing Aoki with punches to the face after Aoki tried to pull guard, but once Aoki took his back it was only a matter of time before the submission came. Completely trapped, Gardner took a couple opportunites to wave to the audience. I don’t think I need to tell you what happens when you’ve got Aoki on your back and you decide to lift your arm to wave.
Full results are after the jump, followed by videos of the Warren/Beebe and Ishida/Nakamura scraps.
FW GP: Masakazu Imanari defeated Atsushi Yamamoto via split decision
FW GP: Hiroyuki Takaya defeated Jong Won Kim via TKO, 0:40 of round 2
FW GP: Yoshiro Maeda defeated Micah Miller via unanimous decision
LW: Tatsuya Kawajiri defeated Ross Ebanez via rear naked choke, 4:03 of round 1
WW: Shinya Aoki defeated David Gardner via rear naked choke, 5:58 of round 1
LW: Mitsuhiro Ishida defeated Daisuke Nakamura via unanimous decision
FW GP: Abel Cullum defeated Akiyo Nishiura via unanimous decision
FW GP: Joe Warren defeated Chase Beebe via doctor’s stoppage TKO, 10:00 of round 1
FW GP: Bibiano Fernandes defeated Takafumi Otsuka via unanimous decision
(Warren vs. Beebe)
(Ishida vs. Nakamura)