Recap of Dream 3, the Lightweight Grand Prix Quarterfinals
DREAM on Sunday held its second event in two weeks at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan before 21,789 fans in attendance. DREAM.3 was highlighted by the second round of the DREAM Lightweight Grand Prix.
In the upset of the night,
The second round began better for Ishida, who was able to get the fight to the ground right off the bat. A scramble ensued with Uno securing a rear naked choke without the traditional hooks in, but Ishida tapped out none-the-less at 1:38 of the first round.
The second round was much closer with Hansen finally finding his range on the feet, tagging Alvarez with combinations. Alvarez continued to take Hansen down, but was continually threatened with armbar attempts. Hansen nearly secured the lock on several occasions, but Alvarez managed his escapes. As the fight came to a close, Alvarez landed a high kick and the bell rang as the two were trading blows. Hansen made the fight close in the second round, but Alvarez walked away with the unanimous decision and a spot in the semi-finals of the Lightweight Grand Prix.
The second round played out much like the first with Kawajiri stuffing Buscape's takedown attempts and ending up on top, then unleashing his ground and pound assault. Buscape's only bright spot in the fight came towards the end when he secured Kawajiri's back, threatening with a choke. Kawajiri, however, reversed out and ended the fight with a barrage of strikes, securing a unanimous decision.
Following a week of being on the fight card, being removed, and then being added back in at the last minute, the always controversial
In an entertaining lightweight contest, U-File Camp lightweight
The second round started with Nakamura attempting a standing kimura then transitioning to an armbar once they hit the ground. Jung escaped and got back to his feet. Back on their feet, Nakamura landed a stinging right that knocked Jung down, finishing the fight with strikes at 1:19 of the second round.
Dutch striker Melvin Manhoef survived early trouble to stop Korean judoka
The featherweight division made its first DREAM appearance, when DEEP veteran
Yamazaki nearly ended the fight towards the end of the opening round, locking on a tight armbar that looked to have the fight finished. Maruyama somehow escaped, however, and made it out of the round.
Yamazaki employed the same strategy in the second round, taking the fight to the ground and avoiding Maruyama's dangerous stand-up. Maruyama did land one strike, a stinging high kick that hurt Yamazaki, who immediately took the fight back to the ground. In the end, the judges were impressed with Yamazaki's ground control, awarding him the unanimous decision.
Caol Uno def. Mitsuhiro Ishida by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:38, R2