While most North Americans were still tucked away in their comfy and cozy beds this morning, Dream was hosting their New Year’s Eve extravaganza inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
“Dream: Fight for Japan. How Are You! New Year! 2011” featured Fedor Emelianenko’s highly-anticipated return to the orient. Emelianenko made quick work of Satoshi Ishii by knocking him out in the 1stRound.
In addition, Shinya Aoki defeated Satoru Kitaoka to defend his lightweight crown and Hiroyuki Takaya posted a unanimous decision win over Takeshi “Lion” Inoue to retain his featherweight belt.
Bibiano Fernandes collected two wins last night to take Dream’s Bantamweight Grand Prix to capture the 135-pound belt.
Here are the official results from today’s action:
Yusup Saadulaev Defeated Hideo Tokoro via KO (Slam) at 0:42 in the 1stRound (Bantamweight Grand Prix Reserve Bout)
Antonio Banuelos Defeated Masakazu Imanari via Split Decision (Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal)
Bibiano Fernandes Defeated Rodolfo Marques Diniz via Unanimous Decision (Bantamweight Grand Prix Semifinal)
Ryo Chonan Defeated Hayato “Mach” Sakurai via Unanimous Decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri Defeated Kazuyuki Miyata via Submission (Arm triangle choke) at 4:54 in the 2ndRound
Megumi Fujii Defeated Karla Benitez via Submission (Armbar) at 1:15 in the 1stRound
Bibiano Fernandes Defeated Antonio Banuelos via TKO (Strikes) at 1:21 in the 1stRound (Fernandes wins Bantamweight Grand Prix and Dream title)
Shinya Aoki Defeated Satoru Kitaoka via Unanimous Decision (Aoki remains Dream lightweight champion)
Hiroyuki Takaya Defeated Takeshi “Lion” Inoue via Unanimous Decision (Takaya remains Dream featherweight champion)
Fedor Emelianenko Defeated Satoshi Ishii via KO (punch) at 2:29 in the 1stRound