Mousasi put on a dominating show.
Gegard Mousasi Claims Light Heavyweight Championship with Win
Nagoya, Japan (Saturday, September 25, 2010) – Some entertaining fights took place in what was the wee hours of the morning here in the United States, with the Japanese-based promotion DREAM hosting DREAM.16 at the Nippon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya, Japan. In the feature fight of the evening, Gegard Mousasi (30-3-1) was able to submit Tatsuya Mizuno (8-6) via rear naked choke just past the midway point of the opening round, winning the DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament.
“I feel like DREAM is my home,” Mousasi said after the victory. “So I’m very glad to accomplish my goals, and that is to win the second belt.”
The Light Heavyweight Belt is the second that Mousasi has wrapped around his waist in DREAM competition, with the Dutch-Armenian fighter first winning the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament back in 2008 before vacating the title to battle at 205 pounds.
With DREAM bouts featuring 10-minute first rounds and five minutes in the second round of action, thoughts from many analysts was that Mousasi would dispose of Mizuno in the first frame, and he did not disappoint. Mizuno did come out aggressively in the match, throwing off a series of kicks and punches that looked as if they were landing pretty soundly. However, Mousasi did not seem to be affected at all by their connection as his face remained emotionless and unchanged throughout the exchanges. Just under two minutes into the bout, Mousasi took off on the first shoot of the match, and he quickly dropped his Japanese counterpart to the canvas. The former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion then maintained nice ground control over the following minute, but Mizuno did throw in a quick scare when he almost locked in an arm bar from the bottom. Mousasi was able to shake off the advance and then slip into side control, where he began to unleash a flurry of big left hands.
At the 3:25 mark, the two fighters returned to the stand-up position, but the battle quickly returned to the floor. Mizuno was able to garner wrist control and made an attempt at a kimura, but Mousasi proved once again to be too strong for him to truly lock it in. Mousasi then maneuvered the action to the ropes and immediately unloaded some devastating ground-and-pound on his opponent. After the referee next moved them off the ropes and restarted in the center of the ring, Mousasi went in for the kill. He quickly jumped into back control as soon as the bout resumed and powered on a strong rear naked choke. Mizuno then had no choice but to quickly tap out from the choke hold. The official time of the submission was at 6:10.
In other action at DREAM.16, MTV’s Bully Beatdown host and MMA veteran Jason “Mayhem” Miller looked very impressive in submitting legendary Japanese fighter Kazushi Sakuraba (26-14-1) at the 2:09 mark of the opening round due to a triangle choke.