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They really need to make a US version of this arm-wrestling tournament.
Imagine Cain Velasquez beating The Great Khali to win the chance to face Lincoln Hawk. Over the top!
DREAM was back today with another excellent show from the Yokohama Arena in Japan. DREAM 11 featured the conclusion of the featherweight grand prix, more from the Super Hulk Tournament, the return of Kazushi Sakuraba, and some damn great fights, so let’s get straight into it.
Earlier tonight at the Ultimate Chaos PPV, former WWE Superstar Bobby Lashley (no relation to the Robert Lashley that writes for this site) defeated former New Japan and PRIDE/K-1 fighter Bob “The Beast” Sapp in a legitimate MMA contest in the main event of the broadcast.
I remember reading that Lashley wanted to keep the fight standing and to trade with Sapp, but it is obvious that he either had doubts about that strategy or worked us all as it took no time for the former wrestling champ to score a takedown in the opening moments of the fight. He then began to strike at Sapp with elbows and punches. Sapp attempted to defend but it was futile and tapped out due to strikes. Apparently Sapp had tapped out prior to then, but the referee did not see it. Sapp tapped and the fight was stopped at around 3:17 of round 1. As a result, Lashley’s MMA record rises to 4-0.
While Bob Sapp hasn’t been a force in Mixed Martial Arts for about half a decade, this is Lashley’s first defeat of somebody with name value. Is he ready for the UFC? Probably not yet, but I find it interesting that he is taking a different road than the OTHER WWE star to jump to MMA – Brock Lesnar. Brock wanted top flight competition from the onset and fought in the biggest MMA company in the world after just one fight, while Lashley is slowly earning wins and climbing up the ranks.
I wonder if this means Bobby goes back to TNA?
Alan from our very own site first made me aware of this and I thought it was hilarious news.
On 5/26 at Heiwa’s DREAM.9 show from Yokohama Arena, in addition to featuring the second round of the Featherweight Grand Prix, will also have the first round of the SUPER HULK GRAND PRIX~!, a freakshow tournament with all freakshow fights featuring Bob Sapp, Gegard Mousasi, Hong-Man Choi, Sokoudjou, K-1/PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt, and Jose Canseco. Yes… JOSE CANSECO… from MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL. Amazing.
The Super Hulk Tournament Opening Round Fights will be:
– Gegard Mousasi vs. Mark Hunt
– Bob Sapp vs. Minowaman a.k.a. Ikuhisa “The Punk” Minowa
– Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. “The Giant” Jan Nortje
– Hong Man Choi vs. Jose Canseco
Rounding out the card is Gesias “JZ” Calvancante against Tatsuya Kawajiri and Ronaldo Souza vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller for the Dream Middleweight Championship.
This is why I love Japanese Mixed Martial Arts.