If the United States’ Ultimate Fighting Championship has an average of two submissions per night, in Japan things are even more ground-centric. Lots of fights tend to end on the ground over there, and at Dream 12, held at Osaka Castle Hall this past 25th, the gang showed their slick as ever.
Led by an Alistair Overeem who proves to be ever more mature both standing and on the ground, and a more than mature Kazushi Sakuraba, the fighters served up some good positioning and finishing lessons – like local star Yoshiro Maeda’s odd choke over former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe.
Dream 12 – The Cage of the Rising Sun
25 October, 2009
– Tomoya Miyashita defeated Keisuke Fujiwara by unanimous judges’ decision
– Kuniyoshi Hironaka defeated Won Sik Park by technical knockout (eye injury) 5 min into R1
– Yoshiro Maeda submitted Chase Beebe with a rear-naked choke at 3:36min of R1
– Dong Sik Yoon defeated Tarec Saffiedine by split decision
– Katsuyori Shibata defeated Tokimitsu Ishizawa by technical knockout at 4:52 min of R1
– Kazushi Sakuraba submitted Zelg Galesic via kneebar at 1:40 min of R1
– Marius Zaromskis knocked out Myeon Ho Bae with a head kick at 19 seconds
– Eddie Alvarez submitted Katsunori Kikuno with an arm triangle at 3:42 min of R2
– Alistair Overeem submitted James Thompson via guillotine 33 seconds into the match
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