While most Americans were sleeping off their Friday night festivities, Dream.15 took place inside the Saitama Super Arena in Japan early Saturday morning.
The HDNet broadcast featured the 1stRound of their first light heavyweight grand prix and was headlined by a lightweight title match-up between champ Shinya Aoki and Tatsuya Kawajiri.
Aoki bounced back nicely from his devastating defeat to Gilbert Melendez at “Strikeforce: Nashville” in April. It took the jiu jitsu ace all of 113 seconds to get Kawajiri to tap from an Achilles lock submission.
With the win, Aoki bumped his record to an impressive 24-5. Following his abbreviated outing, Aoki claimed a rematch with Melendez has been arranged for Dream.16 in September.
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno both advanced to the finals of the 205-pound tourney.
Here are the complete results for Dream.15:
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Karl Amoussou via unanimous decision
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata via unanimous decision
Michihiro Omigawa def. Young Sam Jung via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 7:31
Tatsuya Mizuno def. Melvin Manhoef via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 7:38
Gegard Mousasi def. Jake O’Brien via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:31
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante def. Katsunori Kikuno via split decision
Shinya Aoki def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via submission (Achilles Lock) – Round 1, 1:53