While most Americans were just coming home from a frantic night of partying, Dream.16 was popping off inside the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. Gegard Mousasi defeated Tatsuya Mizuno in the card’s featured contest to capture the vacant light heavyweight crown.
Mousasi quickly disposed of Mizuno by taking his back and sinking in a rear-naked choke just past the midway point of the 1stRound.
“I feel like Dream is my home. So I’m very glad to accomplish my goals, and that is to win the second belt,” Mousasi stated after his latest conquest.
Mousasi took the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix back in September 2008, however vacated the title shortly after to compete at a more suitable 205 pounds.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller battled Kazushi Sakuraba in the night’s co-main event. Mayhem dropped the gauntlet on himself by publicly calling for a submission finish on the legend. It was a feat four different members of the Gracie family, including kingpins Royce and Renzo, couldn’t do – yet he accomplished it rather effortlessly.
Here are the quick results for Dream.16:
Yusuke Kawaguchi def. James Thompson via split decision
Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Akiyo Nishiura via split decision
Kazuyuki Miyata def. Takeshi Inoue via unanimous decision
Joachim Hansen def. Hideo Tokoro via submission (triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:48
Michihiro Omigawa def. Cole Escovedo via submission (reverse armbar) – Round 1, 2:29
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Chase Beebe via knockout (punches) R1, 1:45
Satoshi Ishii def. Ikuhisa Minowa via unanimous decision
Shinya Aoki def. Marcus Aurelio via unanimous decision
Jason “Mayhem” Miller def. Kazushi Sakuraba via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 1, 2:09
Gegard Mousasi def. Tatsuya Mizuno via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 6:10 (Mousasi captures vacant light heavyweight title)