“DREAM: Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year 2011.” took place early this morning from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. In the headlining slot is heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko was able to defeat, Judo Olympic gold medalist, Satoshi Ishii in the first round.
In the co-featured slot Shinya Aoki defended his lightweight title against Satoru Kitaoka via a very entertaining unanimous decision.
To culminate the DREAM Bantamweight tournament Bibiano Fernandes fought and defeated Antonio Banuelos in his second bout of the night to win the DREAM world grand prix.
The official “DREAM: New Year! 2011” results included:
Fedor Emelianenko def. Satoshi Ishii via KO (punch) – Round 1, 2:29
Champ Shinya Aoki vs. Satoru Kitaoka via unanimous decision – retains lightweight title
Champ Hiroyuki Takaya def. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue via unanimous decision – retains featherweight title
Bibiano Fernandes def. Antonio Banuelos via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:21 – to win world bantamweight grand prix and title
Megumi Fujii def. Karla Benitez via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 1:15
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Kazuyuki Miyata via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 4:54
Ryo Chonan def. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai via unanimous decision
Bibiano Fernandes def. Rodolfo Marques Diniz via unanimous decision – bantamweight grand-prix semifinal
Antonio Banuelos def. Masakazu Imanari via split decision – bantamweight grand-prix semifinal
Yusup Saadulaev def. Hideo Tokoro via KO (slam) – Round 1, 0:42 – bantamweight grand-prix reserve match