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Mousasi Wins DREAM Middleweight GP; Aoki, Kharitonov, Akiyama Also Victorious

Armenian-Dutch fighter Gegard Mousasi put in a career-making performance at today’s DREAM.6 in Saitama, Japan, earning quick stoppage victories over Melvin Manhoef and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to win the middleweight grand prix. In his first fight of the night, Mousasi easily dominated Manhoef, quickly scoring a trip-takedown, then securing the mount and clamping on a triangle choke when Manhoef reversed the position. Manhoef attempted to slam out of it, but was forced to tap at the 1:28 mark. Meanwhile on the other side of the bracket, Souza enjoyed a similarly brief win over Croatian Zelg Galesic. After getting a double-leg takedown, Souza passed from guard to mount and snatched an armbar when Galesic tried to buck.

Both men moved into the GP finals relatively fresh — not that they needed to be. When Mousasi and Souza finally met in the last fight of the night, it seemed like Mousasi was in over his head, as Souza first slammed him then began to drop punches from half-guard. But Souza made the fatal error of standing up, and Mousasi caught him with a Hail Mary upkick that knocked Jacare out cold as he began to dive in for a punch.

DREAM.6′s non-tourney featured matches went pretty much as expected, with the stars beating up on the cans. Shinya Aoki returned to his flamboyantly winning ways, hopping on the back of WEC castoff Todd Moore and finishing him at the 1:10 mark with a neck crank. Jimmy Ambriz should be applauded for lasting over two minutes with Sergei Kharitonov, who battered The Titan with vicious strikes until Ambriz was forced to tap on the ground. After abusing him for most of the first round, Yoshihiro Akiyama submitted karate practitioner Masanori Tonooka (1-2), who, let’s just say, is no Lyoto Machida.

The only real surprise (and disappointment) was how the heavyweight feature between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Alistair Overeem played out.

The Demolition Man looked deadly early on, throwing Cro Cop to the mat and peppering him with punches from guard, opening up a cut near Cro Cop’s left eye. The fighters were eventually stood up, but the action went back to the ground again after Overeem caught a head kick from Cro Cop and tripped him down. After some time spent on the mat, both fighters were issued a yellow card for inactivity. Then things got ugly. Overeem nailed Cro Cop with a knee to the groin (which the ref didn’t see), then another one (which the ref did see), and the fight was paused while Cro Cop recovered. After punching a cut open over Cro Cop’s right eye, Overeem slammed his knee into Cro Cop’s balls again from the clinch, and Overeem was given a yellow card. Cro Cop cried “no mas” — it should have been a disqualification win for Filipovic, but the match was declared a no contest.

Full results are below. Videos to come later.

Gegard Mousasi def. Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza via KO (upkick), 2:15 of round 1
Alistair Overeem and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic fought to a no-contest (knees to groin), round 1
Shinya Aoki def. Todd Moore via submission (neck crank), 1:10 of round 1
Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Masanori Tonooka via submission (armbar), 6:26 of round 1
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Kuniyoshi Hironaka via unanimous decision
Masakatsu Funaki def. Ikuhisa Minowa via submission (heel hook), 0:52 of round 1
Atsushi Yamamoto def. Hideo Tokoro via unanimous decision
Sergei Kharitonov def. Jimmy Ambriz via submission (strikes), 2:15 of round 1
Keita Nakamura def. Adriano Martins via split decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (triangle choke), 1:28 of round 1
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza def. Zelg Galesic via submission (armbar), 1:27 of round 1
Andrews Nakahara def. Dong Sik Yoon via TKO (strikes), 0:30 of round 2

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mayhem420- September 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm
Now that.... was some funny shit!
Old, Bald and Irish- September 22, 2008 at 3:18 pm
@ mayhem420

Dude, I'm here to please!

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mayhem420- September 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm
@Old, Bald and Irish
Dude you always seem to make me laugh my ass off!
the glza- September 22, 2008 at 1:35 pm
lol @ vrax

comment of the day.
douchebaggery- September 22, 2008 at 1:31 pm
this is total could Overeem ever hit CC in the nuts when we all know Mirko left his balls in Pride........

and from what I've read the nut shots were the only thing keeping CC from getting tko'd. I have the fight waiting for me at home on DVR so I have yet to see it
Old, Bald and Irish- September 22, 2008 at 1:20 pm
@ John Kimble

Yup, I've seen 'em do the 'ball tap", especially in Japanese fights. I didn't see the fight. Maybe something got missed?

By the way, your description of a splitting cup and concussing genetalia is unnerving.
John Kimble- September 22, 2008 at 1:16 pm
The ref checks you for cups before you fight. That's why he touches their balls while reading the rules. He was wearing a cup. Splitting a cup is very easy to do dude, i've had one split before, granted, not a steel one, but the steel ones are better served for projectile sports, as the splitting of the cup isn't what hurts so much as the trauma of the balls hitting the cup then bouncing back.

It's like a concussion in your balls.
thats funny- September 22, 2008 at 12:57 pm
Old, Bald and Irish- September 22, 2008 at 12:56 pm
“We just got informed by Mirko Cro Cop’s corner that his right testicle is inside.”

–-- DREAM ringside announcer Bas Rutten informs fans watching the conclusion of the 2008 middleweight grand prix on HDNet that one of Mirko Cro Cop’s testicles ran for higher ground after Alistair Overeem delivered several illegal groin strikes during their heavyweight bout. It was eventually ruled a no contest because the Croatian could not continue, providing a disappointing conclusion to a bout that had received much interest and fanfare leading up to it. Not too mention it sounds downright excruciating. ---

Whoa, whoa, me out here...

So one of Cro Cop's testicles, specifically his right one, shot up in him from the knee shots?

...something doesn't make sense here.

Surprisingly, this is a subject that I can address with some degree of experience. First off, everytime, EVERYTIME, I roll or spar I wear a cup. That purple-helmeted-love-stick-shielding-piece-of-plastic has saved my jimmies on numerous occasions. I've taken full force knees, elbows and kicks. Granted, a powerfull shot will cause discomfort when the cup slams in between your legs, but I have never felt anything debilitating happen to my twigs and berries when I'm wearing one.

Also, I have a double hernia, so I know EXACTLY what it feels like when "one of the boys" heads North.

Could Cro Cop possibly have not been wearing protection? That's just INSANE!

If he was wearing a cup, and he took a knee so hard that it sent one of his "lil' Cro Cops" upstream, I can only think of 3 things that could have happened:

1) His cup split or broke on impact. (Highly unlikely)

2) One of his "lil' Cro Cops" slipped out of the cup or the cup became dislodged. (Possible, but not unlikely)

3) He wasn't wearing a cup (BINGO)

As if this whole visual isn't horrific enough, who's the poor sap in Cro Cop's corner that had to stick his hand down the Croatian's pants to check his doo-dads.

...ummm, too much information?

Vrax- September 22, 2008 at 12:45 pm
Man, WTF is it with Cro Cop's nuts? First Kongo and now Overeem, dude do his balls make racist comments that we're unaware of?
Marty Walker- September 22, 2008 at 12:41 pm
We all should have figured the Allistair would get dirty after Cro Cop said his piece before the match, Overheem felt slighted and to get back at him he kneed him three times in the balls. The ref sucked too because even after the yellow card, he should have been watching for it to happen again. Too bad for Cro Cop, a struggling hero for legions of fans from days past.

We all wish him well, and for Allistair should feel like a goat.

Hopefully those that are in Charge will overturn this fight.
Michael- September 22, 2008 at 12:34 pm
Knees to the junk are always effective...Overeem must train with Kongo