Between the super duper 49th episode celebration and DREAM, it was a late freaking night last night, so I apologize for the lack of posts this morning. I’m finally shaking the fuzzies out of my head and there’ll be more for you peeps soon. For now here’s some thoughts on the DREAM card:
Denis Kang drops another in Japan
Last night on the Low Blow I was literally sputtering with incredulity at the idea that Gegard Mousasi could possibly beat Denis Kang. My issue with the first round of the DREAM middleweight tournament was that as far as I was concerned the only important fight that wasn’t a squash match was Aoki vs Calvancante. But you never know what can happen in MMA, and this morning the unexpected happened: Denis Kang fell into a triangle halfway through the opening round and got subbed out.
To me, it looked like Kang fell pray to the same attitude that I did: while Mousasi was known as a good striker, everyone thought he was shit on the ground so why watch out for submissions? Kang pretty much set that bitch up, pulling Mousasi up into position to lock the triangle in. No one really blinked when Akiyama KO’d him, but getting caught in a sub from someone like Mousasi is gonna do hell to Kang’s rep.
Aoki sticks it to Calvancante
For an opening match, this fight sure did kick ass. I’m hearing lots of people felt let down after all the hype but I was pretty happy with it … it went back and forth a few times with Aoki almost getting the ankle lock and then JZ escaping with kicks and nearly getting a stoppage to Aoki climbing up on JZ’s back and mauling his face with his forearms. And on and on.
Aoki looked damn good … at first I was cheering for JZ but halfway through I turned coat and started going for Aoki. Those flying guard pulls were wicked, and the retardo high guard that helped him catch JZ’s arm near the end was freaking awesome. While Calvancante was always dangerous, there’s no doubt that Aoki schooled him.
Sakuraba and Tamura win
Sakuraba beat that random karate dude as expected, although he did take a decent amount of kicks while doing it, the worst being a full on cartoon style kick right to the junk that had Saku limping around for a good 5 minutes. I wonder if that’s why he didn’t release the choke that finished the fight until Mr Karateka was out cold? Although to his credit he was nice enough to lie next to the guy for a minute afterward to make sure he was okay.
Re: Funaki vs Tamura, other than a sneaky kick direct to Tamura’s face, Funaki didn’t do much other than get taken down and KO’d.