Dream.8 was an electrifying night of fights that had a little something for everyone. From knockouts, submissions, back and forth wars to stunning upsets, the latest installment of Dream, once again, failed to disappoint.
Top rated and highly regarded lightweight Shinya Aoki came up short in his bid to move up to welterweight to obtain the grand prix title, being knocked unconscious at the hands of Hayato “Mach” Sakurai a mere :27 seconds into their bout. It was the second time Aoki had suffered a loss to Sakurai, the first coming at a Shooto event in 2005. The knockout was the second suffered by Aoki in less than a year, the previous stoppage coming to Joachim Hansen at Dream 5 also in the first round.
The action went to the canvas in the early moments of round one where Sakurai was able gain the top position and release a devastating series of knees and punches that left the highly regarded natural lightweight crumpled in a heap less than a minute into the bout.
John Alessio was overwhelmed by up and coming jiu-jitsu ace, Andre Galvao, in the first round of their welterweight grand prix bout. Galvao displayed why his ground game is so well regarded as he took Alessio’s back and eventually transitioned to an armbar where he sinched it up for the tapout victory.
One of the best fights of the night came between Marius Zaromskis and Seichi Ikemoto. A give and take battle from the opening bell, the two put on a fireworks show for all fifteen scheduled minutes as they exchanged a wild series of punches, kicks and positions on the canvas. When it was all said and done, Zaromskis was able to defeat Ikemoto by unanimous decision in a fight that is not to be missed.
Sergei Kharitonov had his moments in the early goings of his bout with Jeff Monson as the powerful Russian was able to reverse a Monson takedown attempt to wind up in the top position in the opening moments of round one. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t last very long as Monson was able to reverse positions and quickly sink in a nasty North-South choke that forced the tapout only 1:42 into the first round.
Riki Fukuda pulled off quite a feet when he stepped in on less than one days notice to pick up the unanimous decision victory against the dangerous Murilo “Ninja” Rua in a back and forth brawl. With no time to prepare for the fight with Ninja, one would think that Fukuda’s cardio would become a factor, but at no point did it appear to be an issue as both men stood and exchanged punches for the duration of the bout.
The full results from the event are listed below
Welterweight Grand Prix opening round
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai stopped Shinya Aoki by TKO – Round 1
Jason High stopped Yuya Shirai by submission – Round 1
Marius Zaromskis beat Seichi Ikemoto by unanimous decision
Andre Galvao stopped John Alessio by submission – Round 1
Featherweight Grand Prix bout
Daiki Hata beat Hideo Tokoro by unanimous decision
Jeff Monson stopped Sergei Kharitonov by submission – Round 1
Riki Fukuda beat Murilo “Ninja” Rua by unanimous decision
Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro stopped Katsuhiko Nagata by TKO – Round 1
Andrews Nakahara stopped Shungo Oyama by TKO – Round 1
Katsutori Shibata beat Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa by unanimous decision