DREAM 17 Results: Kazushi Sakuraba Crushed, Shinya Aoki Triumphant

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.

1st match: 

Ikuhisa Minowa def. Baru Harn via submission (scarf hold), Round 1

2nd match:

Rodolfo Marques def. Yusup Saadulaev via unanimous decision.

3rd match:

  Masakazu Imanari def. Abel Cullum via submission (armbar), Round 3.

4th match: 

Bibiano Fernandes def. Takafumi Otsuka via submission (rear naked choke), Round 1

5th match:

 Antonio Banuelos def. Hideo Tokoro via split decision.

6th match: 

Gerald Harris def. Kazuhiro Nakamura via split decision.

7th match: Satoru Kitaoka def. Willamy Freire via split decision.

8th match:

 Yan Cabral def. Kazushi Sakuraba via submission (arm triangle), Round 1.

9th match:

 Takeshi Inoue def. Caol Uno via KO    (head kick to the kisser), Round 1

10th match:

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.

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