At the turn of the year in Japan, Dream served up an action-packed card to ushe in 2012. In the bantamweight GP, Bibiano Fernandes was crowned champion (read here). But superstars Shinya Aoki and Fedor Emelianenko were also there to put in stellar displays.
In the main event of the evening, Fedor earned his second win since dropping three fights in a row for the first time in his storied career. In just 2:29 minutes, the Russian put away Olympic gold medal, winning judoka Satoshi Ishii.
Aoki, one of the biggest stars in Japan, entered the ring with a shot at equally Rodrigo Minotauro’s submission record. It wouldn’t be this time, though, as his triumph over Satory Kitaoka came via unanimous decision, keeping his record at 19 finishes—one less than the Brazilian heavyweight’s.
Check out the complete results from the evening:
December 31, 2012
Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
Fedor Emelianenko defeated Satoshi Ishii via KO at 2:29 min of R1;
Shinya Aoki deefeated Satoru Kitaoka via unanimous decision.
Antonio Banuelos defeated Masakazu Imanari via split decision;
Bibiano Fernandes defeated Rodolfo Marques via unanimous decision;
Bibiano Fernandes defeated Antonio Banuelos via TKO at 1:21 min of R1.
Hiroyuki Takaya defeated Takeshi Inoue via unanimous decision;
Megumi Fujii submitted Karla Benitez via armbar at 1:15 min of R1;
Tatsuya Kawajiri submitted Kazuyuki Miyata via arm-triangle at 4:54 min of R2;
Hayato Sakurai defeated Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision;
Yusup Saadulaev defeated Hideo Tokoro via KO at 0.24 min of R1.