By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
DREAM 16 emanated from the Nippon Gaishi Hall earlier today in Nagoya, Japan. The event featured the final of a light heavyweight tournament that has spanned multiple events, with Tatsuya Mizuno challenging Gegard Mousasi for the vacant title.
Also on deck at DREAM 16 was a highly anticipated showdown between one of America's wildest characters, challenging the most legendary character in Japan-MMA history as MTV “Bully Beatdown” host Jason “Mayhem” Miller took on Kazushi Sakuraba.
The event also showcased Shinya Aoki, as he took on longtime PRIDE and UFC veteran Marcus Aurelio.
Across the next few pages, we will take a look at some of the highlights of the event, including a quick-match breakdown of the complete event.
Mayhem Makes Good On Promise, Submits Sakuraba
Jason “Mayhem” Miller made good on his promise at DREAM 16 in Nagoya, Japan today, submitting Japanese MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba with an arm-triangle choke at 2:09 of the opening round.
While Kimo Leopoldo may have submitted Kazushi Sakuraba in Saku's pro MMA debut in 1996, many have questioned the legitimacy of the fight. Whatever the case, Mayhem is the only other man in Saku's 40+ fight record who will have the “win by submission” tag on it.
Mousasi wins DREAM light heavyweight title in tourney final
Highly regarded light heavyweight contender Gegard Mousasi captured the DREAM light heavyweight title at the DREAM 16 event, defeating Tatsuya Mizuno in a light heavyweight tournament that was stretched across a couple of events.
As expected, Mousasi got Mizuno out of there early, but may not have done so in flawless-fashion as predicted by many during the lead-up to the fight. “The Dream Catcher” picked up the win by rear-naked choke submission at 6:10 of round one.
DREAM 16 Quick-Match Results
Below is a quick-match recap of the complete DREAM 16 card from Nagoya, Japan this Saturday, September 25, 2010:
September 25, 2010
Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan
-Yusuke Nawaguchi def. James Thompson via Split Decision after 2 Rounds.
-Mitsuhiro Ishida def. Akiyo Nishiura via Split Decision after 2 Rounds.
-Kazuyuki Miyata def. Takeshi Inoue via Unanimous Decision after 2 Rounds.
-Joachim Hansen def. Hideo Tokoro via Submission (triangle choke) at 2:48 of Round 1.
-Michihiro Omigawa def. Cole Escovedo via Submission (armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1.
-Hiroyuki Takaya def. Chase Beebe via KO (punches) at 1:45 of Round 1.
-Satoshi Ishii def. Ikuhisa Minowa via Unanimous Decision after 2 Rounds.
-Shinya Aoki def. Marcus Aurelio via Unanimous Decision after 2 Rounds.
-Jason “Mayhem” Miller def. Kazushi Sakuraba via Submission (arm-triangle choke) at 2:09 of Round 1.
-Gegard Mousasi def. Tatsuya Mizuno via Submission (rear-naked choke) at 6:10 of Round 1.