‘Jacare’ and Manhoef advance in Dream 4

The 4th installment of the Japanese promotion Dream was completed on Saturday night at the Yokohoma Arena. Places in the semi finals of the Dream Middleweight tournament were up for grabs.

A crowd of 14,000 packed the Yokohoma Arena as the semi finalists for the Dream Middle weight tournament were set.

In the nights main event Melvin Manhoef used his superior striking to plow his way through Kazushi Sakuraba, in what was being described as Saku’s”Final chapter”. He was hit hard with a high right leg kick, which was followed up with punches to the ground. A very impressive display of stand up from Manhoef, as Sakuraba was unable to get past the first round. It was stopped via TKO near the 5 minute mark.

In the co-main event, it was American Jason Miller taking on Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Jacare used his superior BJJ to control most of the action on the ground, while Miller had a slight advantage on the feet. Miller was in trouble a few times, but escaped submissions throughout the 15¬†minute fight. Jacare won a unanimous decision and moves onto the next round, and he admitted afterwards it was not his best performance.

Other Action

Zelg Galesic vs. Taiei Kin
Galesic was backing Kin up with his long kicks and punches. At 1:05 of round 1, Kin was taken to the ground and fell on his elbow and it looked to be broken. Galesic was more upset that he was not able to show his skill set, but moves onto the semi finals of the middleweight tournament due to injury.

Gerard Mousasi vs. Don Sik Yoon
Mousasi moves into the semi finals of the middle weight tournament, in winning a decision. Gerard continues to make his case as one of the top 10 middleweights in the world.

Dream 4 Semi Finalists
Gerard Mousasi, Melvin Manhoef, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Zelg Galesic

Shinya Aoki defeats Katsuhiko Nagata
Aoki showed once again why many say he has the best BJJ in Mixed martial arts, knocking off Nagata with a gogoplata from the mount, which is rarely seen

Allistair Overeem defeats Tae Hyun Lee
Overeem wasted no time taking out Hyun Lee, by knocking him out 36 seconds into the contest. Overeem calls out Cro Cop post fight.

Ralek Gracie defeats Alavutdin Gadzhiyev
Gracie was able to secure the tap at 3:02 of the first round via armbar. Gadzhiyev protested and we’re not sure why, as he was clearly tapping.

Hideo Tokoro defeats Darren Uyenoyama
Back and forthback, where both men looked to be done at some time or another. Tokoro was given the decision victory by the judges and what was the closest fight of the night.

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