DREAM 17: World Bantamweight Grand Prix
September 24, Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan
This event featured the quarterfinal round of the World Bantamweight Grand Prix tournament along with a number of Japanese MMA staples. Most notably, Shinya Aoki will battle former WEC lightweight champion Rob McCullough in the main event of the evening, and Tatsuya Kawajiri will make his featherweight debut against Norwegian Joachim Hansen.
Ikuhisa Minowa def. Baru Harn via submission (scarf hold), Round 1
Rodolfo Marques def. Yusup Saadulaev via unanimous decision.
Masakazu Imanari def. Abel Cullum via submission (armbar), Round 3.
Bibiano Fernandes def. Takafumi Otsuka via submission (rear naked choke), Round 1
Antonio Banuelos def. Hideo Tokoro via split decision.
Gerald Harris def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via split decision.
7th match: Satoru Kitaoka def. Willamy Freire via split decision.
Yan Cabral def. Kazushi Sakuraba via submission (arm triangle), Round 1.
Takeshi Inoue def. Caol Uno via KO (head kick to the kisser), Round 1
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Joachim Hansen via submission (arm triangle), Round 3.
11th match, Main Even :
Shinya Aoki def. Rob McCullough via submission (neck/face crank), Round 1.