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Hiroyuki Takaya

Hiroyuki Takaya

It may not have been dubbed a match for revenge, but Hiroyuki Takaya sure had to feel good taking a dominant win over Bibiano Fernandes in their rematch at Dynamite!! to close out 2010.

Takaya, who has now won his last three fights in a row, came out strong in every round for his fight against Fernandes. The Brazilian couldn’t seem to land a clean punch or kick, while Takaya stayed at a good reach to pop Fernandes, and then avoided takedown attempts.

Takaya avoided the ground against Fernandes for much of the fight, but when if finally landed on the mat, he opened up his offense there as well, hitting the Brazilian with good shots and maintaining position.

The win gives Takaya the Dream featherweight title and now locks up his series with Fernandes at one fight a piece. The promotion will surely cash in on a trilogy of fights between the two featherweights at some point down the road.

Josh Thomson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Josh Thomson mentioned prior to leaving for Japan that he was taking the fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri on short notice and would have no excuses when it was over, but would ask for a rematch with the Japanese fighter on American soil if he lost.

It looks like Thomson will be challenging Kawajiri in Strikeforce.

Kawajiri put on a dominating performance over Thomson, with the majority of the bout taking place on the mat. Kawajiri time and time again put Thomson in bad positions and almost finished the fight on several occasions. It was simply an overwhelming performance by Kawajiri, who bounces back from a loss to Shinya Aoki earlier in the year and picks up a win over a very tough fighter in Josh Thomson.

Jason High vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai
American Jason High stepped right into the lion’s den to face Hayato “Mach” Sakurai in his home country, and walked out with a split decision win.

The former UFC fighter used a good combination of takedowns and ground work to keep Sakurai guessing, while swinging for the fences. Sakurai managed to land some solid shots at different points in the fight, but High slammed the Japanese fighter with punches whenever his opponent left his head or body open.

Sakurai was hit with a yellow card in the third round for stalling which didn’t bode well for him when it came time for the judges’ decision which landed in favor of Jason High. “The Kansas City Bandit” picks up his third win in a row since his lone fight with the UFC earlier in 2010.

Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Marius Zaromskis
Marius Zaromskis got back on track by defending his Dream welterweight title against Japanese legend Kazushi Sakuraba after the one time Pride fighter’s ear was partially detached from his head in a gruesome injury.

The fight was paused early on when Zaromskis popped Sakuraba’s cauliflower ear and the blood splattered everywhere. After the restart, Sakuraba went for one of his signature takedowns, but Zaromskis shrugged it off and in the process the Japanese fighter’s ear became detached. Ringside physicians immediately stopped the fight and had to tape a towel to Sakuraba’s head to keep the ear in place until he could get to the back.

Zaromskis picks up a win bringing him to 1-2-1 in his last 4 fights after a very mixed bag of results while competing in Strikeforce.

Jerome LeBanner vs. Satoshi Ishii
Olympic Gold Medalist Satoshi Ishii moved his career record to 4-1 with a victory over K-1 veteran Jerome LeBanner. Ishii did a good job of avoiding the power strikes from the Frenchman, and as the fight wore on, LeBanner’s gas tank depleted.

Ishii almost finished the fight in the third round with several kimura attempts, but LeBanner still had enough left to power out time and time again. It was not enough however and Ishii went on to win by unanimous decision.

Shinya Aoki vs. Yuichiro Nagashima
The special rules match at Dynamite! backfired in a big way for Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki who made it through the three minute kickboxing round only to get knocked out four seconds into the 2nd round with MMA rules by Yuichiro Nagashima.

Aoki tried every trick in the book to avoid contact with Nagashima in the first round. Flying dropkicks, clinches, and even takedowns in a kickboxing match only saved Aoki for so long. As he went for a takedown to start the MMA round, Nagashima crushed Aoki with a devastating jumping right knee strike, putting him down and out for the count. Aoki stayed down on the mat for several minutes after the knockout before finally getting to his feet.

The loss also resulted in HDNet commentator Frank Trigg spending the remaining part of the televised broadcast in a pink wig and lipstick.

Kyotaro vs. Gegard Mousasi
Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi showed off his stand-up skills in a K-1 rules match against Japanese fighter Kyotoro, winning by unanimous decision. Mousasi clocked the K-1 heavyweight champion in the 2nd round dropping him to the mat.

It looked like it was all over for Kyotaro, but he managed to survive and actually came back with a strong third round as Mousasi started to slow, but it was too little, too late. Mousasi gets the win, and will now look to get back to his MMA career.

Sergei Kharitonov vs. Tatsuya Mizuno
Former Pride fighter Sergei Kharitonov made quick work of Tatsuya Mizuno with a vicious knee strike, followed up by punches to get the knockout. The Russian stalked down Mizuno and popped him with a good punch before being blasted with the high knee that brought an end to the fight. Kharitonov is also still under contract with Strikeforce, but has yet to make his debut with the promotion after signing with them earlier in 2010.

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Hiroshi Izumi
Hiroshi Izumi took out Dream Super Hulk champion Ikuhisa Minowa in the third round of their bout at Dynamite!, finishing the fight by TKO. Izumi took Minowa down in the final round and unloaded a barrage of punches and eventually the referee saw enough and stopped the punishment, giving Izumi the win.

Hideo Tokoro vs. Kazuhisa Watanabe
It was a complete mismatch on paper, but it took Hideo Tokoro the better part of three rounds to finally submit pro boxer turned MMA fighter Kazuhisa Watanabe. Tokoro may have gone for more armbars than any fighter in history before finally landing the fight ending submission.

Caol Uno vs. Kazuyuki Miyata
It’s been a rough run for former UFC lightweight Caol Uno who dropped to 0-4-1 in his last five fights, dropping a unanimous decision to “Little Hercules” Kazuyuki Miyata. An accomplished wrestler, Miyata landed several takedowns and even mixed in a few suplexes, en route to a dominant win.

Andy Ologun vs. Katsuaki Furuki
Andy Ologun needed every second to pull out a unanimous decision win over former Japanese pro baseball player Katsuaki Furuki in Dynamite’s opening bout on Friday. Ologun dominated the stand-up portion of the fight, but did have to fight off a couple submission attempts before getting the decision win after 3 rounds.

Hiroyuki Takaya def. Bibiano Fernandes by unanimous decision (Dream Featherweight Title Fight)
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Josh Thomson by unanimous decision
Jason High def. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai by split decision
Akiya “Wicky” Nishiura vs. Tetsuya Yamoto ended in a draw (K-1 Rules Fight)
Marius Zaromskis def. Kazushi Sakuraba by TKO (doctor’s stoppage due to Sakuraba’s ear being detached), R1
Satoshi Ishii def. Jerome LeBanner by unanimous decision
Alistair Overeem def. Todd Duffee by KO, :19 seconds, R1
Yuichiro Nagashima def. Shinya Aoki by KO (:04) R2 (Special Rules Match)
Gegard Mousasi def. Kyotaro by unanimous decision (K-1 Rules Match)
Sergei Kharitonov def. Tatsuya Mizuno by KO, R1
Hiroshi Izumi def. Ikuhisa Minowa by TKO (punches), R3
Hideo Tokoro def. Kazuhisa Watanabe by submission (armbar), R3
Kazuyuki Miyata def. Caol Uno by unanimous decision
Andy Ologun def. Katsuaki Furuki by unanimous decision

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