DREAM 8 Results – Aoki vs Sakurai, Alessio vs Galvao
The 2009 Welterweight Grand Prix kicked off for DREAM on April 5. In the headlining bout, Shinya Aoki learned that he is not best suited to fight Welterweight as lost his bout to Mach Sakurai 27 seconds into their fight. Sakurai was taken down early in the fight but quickly swept Aoki. With Sakurai on top, he fed Aoki a steady diet of knees that ended the fight.
Canada’s John Alessio was also in the Grand Prix. He faced grappling stud Andre Galvao who last fought in Ontario’s Fight Spirit Championships. Alessio did not have an answer for Galvao’s superiority on the ground and he got submitted by Arm Bar.
In non-tournament action, Jeff Monson incredibly won his third match in less than three weeks submitting Sergei Kharitonov by North/South Choke early in their match.
DREAM Welterweight Tournament Results
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai defeats Shinya Aoki via TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 0:27
Jason High submits Yuya Shirai via Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 0:59
Marius Zaromskis defeats Seichi Ikemoto via Unanimous Decision
Andre Galvao submits John Alessio via Arm Bar in Round 1, 7:34
DREAM 2009 Featherweight Grand Prix First Round
Daiki “DJ.taiki” Hata defeats Hideo Tokoro via Unanimous Decision
Jeff Monson submits Sergei Kharitonov via North-South Choke in Round 1, 1:42
Riki Fukuda defeats Murilo “Ninja” Rua via unanimous decision
Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro defeats Katsuhiko Nagata via TKO (cut) in Round 1, 7:58
Andrews Nakahara defeats Shungo Oyama via TKO (strikes) in Round 1, 2:00
Katsutori Shibata defeats Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa via Unanimous Decision