Former World Series Champion Jose Canseco came up short in his first bid at mixed martial arts when he was TKO’d in the first round when he faced off with Korean giant Hong Man Choi at Dream 9.
While ending up on the losing side of things in Yokohama, the former professional baseball player surprised many when he started things off by connecting with a solid right hand to the chin of Choi. After a couple of meager kicks from Canseco he ended up on the ground while Choi rained down punches forcing the first round TKO stoppage.
Also featured in the “Super Hulk Tournament” was a match-up between Gegard Mousasi and Mark Hunt. Mousasi utilized his superior submission game as he took side control and locked in the fight ending armlock that forced the tap in the fist round.
Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa landed an overhand right to the chin of Bob Sapp to get things started in their Super Hulk match-up. After going for a takedown on the giant, Minowa found himself on the bottom position where he gave Sapp his back. “The Beast” is reversed when trying for a rear-naked choke. While in the top position “The Punk” transitioned to an achilles lock to bring the end of the bout in the first round.
Rounding out the tournament was a bout between Jan “The Giant” Nortje and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. Sokoudjou executed a nice judo throw to wind up on top of the much larger Nortje. From there “The African Assassin” brought the pain, finishing the bout with punches and hammerfists. Controversy ensued as Sokoudjou failed to listen to the referees instructions to stop and threw three more punches to the face of his downed opponent as the referee covered him like a blanket.
Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante had Tatsuya Kawajiri in a couple of very compromising positions in the early moments of the first round as he nearly finished off his opponent with a guillotine choke on two separate occasions. Kawajiri survived the early scare to take control of the bout with superior wrestling and ground and pound on his way to a unanimous decision.
Hideo Tokoro and Abel Cullum undoubtedly put on the fight of the night as both men traded positions, submission attempts and punches in a wild affair before Tokoro was ultimately able to bring an end to things with a rear-naked choke in the second.
Joe Warren managed to survive a couple of explosive punches from Kid Yamamoto to grind out the hard fought decision victory. Warren utilized his superior takedowns and wrestling ability to earn himself the split decision in what is considered to be an enormous upset.
The main event of the evening ended in controversy. After a back and forth battle in which both men had their bright spots, Jason “Mayhem” Miller landed an illegal kick to the head of a downed Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza that caused a nasty gash on the submission wizard’s head. After a couple of breaks for the doctor to check the cut it was ruled that Jacare was unable to continue. The bout was ruled a no contest.
A full list of the results from the card are listed below:
Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza declared a no contest
Joe Warren def. Norifumi “Kid Yamamoto via split decision
Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakazu Iminari via unanimous decision
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Yoshiro Maeda via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 9:40
Hideo Tokoro def. Abel Cullum via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:37
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante via unanimous decision
Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Hunt via submission (arm bar) – Round 1, 1:19
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Jan Nortje via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:29
Hong Man Choi def. Jose Canseco via submission (strikes) – Round 1, 1:17
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Bob Sapp via submission (heel hook) – Round 1, 1:14