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Marius Zaromskis Smashes Through DREAM.10 Welterweight GP Finals; Aoki and Filho Also Win

(Zaromskis vs. High. Props to MMA Linker.)

We should have known there would be trouble after Hayato "Mach" Sakurai needed seven and a half extra hours to make weight for today’s DREAM’s welterweight GP finals. The tournament favorite might have been fighting through exhaustion when he met Marius Zaromskis in the semis, in a bout marked by wild striking exchanges. Sakurai absorbed the more damaging blows, and the fight was halted about four minutes in so that doctors could check on a spurting gash under Mach’s left eye. When it was finally restarted after a long break, Zaromskis measured up Sakurai then threw a high left kick that put his lights out. A few more punches on the ground, and it was game over.

On the other side of the bracket, Jason High scored an upset of his own, handing jiu-jitsu juggernaut Andre Galvao his first MMA loss in a very close decision fight; one judge gave it to Galvao for his submission attempts in the first round, while the other two saw it for High due to his superior striking in the second. But the thrill of victory wouldn’t last long for High, as Zaromskis scored another head kick knockout — this time with the right leg — in their finals match.

In non-tournament action, Shinya Aoki outpointed Vitor Ribeiro in a disappointingly dull 15-minute bout, Dong Sik Yoon had to quit just a minute into his fight against Jesse Taylor after suffering a foot injury, and Paulo Filho survived a brutal striking assault from Melvin Manhoef and won the fight via armbar in what might be the leading contender for comeback fight of 2009. Complete results and more DREAM.10 fight videos are after the jump.

– Marius Zaromskis def. Jason High via KO, 2:21 of round 1
– Shinya Aoki def. Vitor Ribeiro via unanimous decision
– Jesse Taylor def. Dong Sik Yoon via TKO (foot injury), 1:01 of round 1
– Paulo Filho def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (armbar), 2:36 of round 1
Katsunori Kikuno def. Andre Amade via TKO, 3:47 of round 1
– Jason High def. Andre Galvao via split decision
– Marius Zaromskis def. Hayato Sakurai via TKO, 4:03 of round 1
Tarec Saffiedine def. Seichi Ikemoto via unanimous decision

(Zaromskis vs. Sakurai)

(High vs. Galvao)

(Taylor vs. Yoon)

(Filho vs. Manhoef.)

(Aoki vs. Ribeiro)

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IronClad- July 20, 2009 at 9:58 pm
Guy Metzger sounds like a bigger dipshit than Hal_13 or Goog combined
DangadaDang- July 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm
Scott Smith V Benji Radach gets my vote for comeback of the year, but nice job by Filho either way
flrrrhoffpauir- July 20, 2009 at 2:19 pm
anyone know why they show miller a few times before the filho fight?
llbunbaoll- July 20, 2009 at 12:15 pm
if mach wasnt too busy doing bbq with a pig and should of work out, i no lost my collge fund and now flipping burgers at wendy's that asshole!!
Bare Grappler- July 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm
- Zaromskis is for real. UFC needs welterweights right now.

- Jason High woke up with an oropharyngeal!!!
ktfo- July 20, 2009 at 11:47 am
zaromskis has some nasty kicks, the jason high knock out was brutal.
One Two- July 20, 2009 at 11:43 am
why is schiavello announcing? pease tell me HDNET didn't hire him for MMA.
Wyatt- July 20, 2009 at 10:56 am
Filho is still a fucking space cadet in that match...
Fedor vs. Bas- July 20, 2009 at 10:48 am

Good stuff...

Wow, what a nice pair of head kicks by Zaromskis. The kick on High was at the end of a great combination. I'll have to watcht eh replay Fri nigth at my friends house who has HDNet.
GetUpAndKill- July 20, 2009 at 8:51 am
K.T.F.O. Astral Travelling....that was hilarious.

Not hilarious is that dudes concussion.
Koeikan- July 20, 2009 at 8:44 am
I wouldn't put too much into Mach's performance. It's his own fault...but he noticably slower about a minute into that fight after the loooooong weight cut.

Jugger: Totally agree...

Zee German- July 20, 2009 at 8:32 am
Man, if only Manhoef knew what to do on the ground. It was almost painful to watch how he got himself armbar-ed. He's still a beast though. Not impressed with Filhos performance, except for taking these Liddell-esc shots and survive long enough for the finish.
Swedish- July 20, 2009 at 8:17 am
Ohh Noooo... what is the nuthugging writers of this site going to do now?

Their personal quest to overhype non-UFC fighters got ruined with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai's loss.

Also your pet project is Aoki for the stupid YAMMA title was exposed as well
mmmiles9000- July 20, 2009 at 7:51 am
Nice job Filho! I like Manhoef and all, but mostly for throwback K-1 nostalgia. All those big muscles don't help you if you don't have a ground game.

Filho's BJJ is still good enough for medium level competition, but I sure wouldn't call this a serious test - although he gets a lot of props for taking that much damage and finding the composure to execute properly.
sp00ki kabuki- July 20, 2009 at 7:40 am
zaro was a HUGE underdog. i hadnt seen odds like that in a while, so i put 2 bills against mach. didnt actually think i would win tho
Jugger- July 20, 2009 at 7:20 am
Filho telegraphed that armbar from Brazil. You could see him setting it up the moment he started sliding into the high mount. Melvin is so totally inept on the ground, he makes vintage Cheick look good. Props to Filho for weathering the storm though.
Jugger- July 20, 2009 at 7:11 am
Can I just pipe in here and say I love Guy Mezger. Some of his comments were cracking me up.
Bare Grappler- July 20, 2009 at 7:04 am
Long overdue to get some Lithuanians in the UFC.
Kirky- July 20, 2009 at 6:32 am
Pretty good night of fights! I love Dream.