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Dream 6: Middle Weight Grandprix 2008 Final Round
A poster or logo for Dream 6: Middle Weight Grandprix 2008 Final Round.
Promotion Dream
Date September 23, 2008
Venue Saitama Super Arena
City Japan Saitama, Japan
Attendance 20,929
Event chronology
Dream 5: Light Weight Grandprix 2008 Final Round Dream 6: Middle Weight Grandprix 2008 Final Round DREAM.7: Feather Weight Grandprix 1st Round

Dream 6: Middle Weight Grandprix 2008 Final Round was a mixed martial arts event promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group's mixed martial arts promotion Dream on September 23, 2008. The event hosted the crowning of Dream's first Middleweight Champion, Gegard Mousasi, after the conclusion of the Middleweight Grand Prix.


  • Middleweight Grand Prix reserve bout
Brazil Andrews Nakahara def. South Korea Yoon Dong-sik
Nakahara defeated Dong-sik by TKO (Punches) at 0:30 of round 2.
  • Middleweight Grand Prix Semi final
Armenia Gegard Mousasi def. Netherlands Melvin Manhoef
Mousasi defeated Manhoef by Submission (triangle choke) at 1:28 of the round 1.
  • Middleweight Grand Prix Semi final
Brazil Ronaldo Souza def. Croatia Zelg Galesic
Souza defeated Galesic by Submission (armbar) at 1:27 of round 1.
  • Lightweight bout
Japan Keita Nakamura def. Brazil Adriano Martins
Nakamura defeated Martins by two split decision (2–1).
  • Heavyweight bout
Russia Sergei Kharitonov def. United States Jimmy Ambriz
Kharitonov defeated Ambriz by KO (Punches) at 2:15 of round 1.
  • Featherweight bout
Japan Atsushi Yamamoto def. Japan Hideo Tokoro
Yamamoto defeated Tokoro by two-round unanimous decision (3–0).
  • Middleweight bout
Japan Masakatsu Funaki def. Japan Ikuhisa Minowa
Funaki defeated Minowa by Submission (heel hook) at 0:52 of round 1.
  • Welterweight bout
Japan Hayato Sakurai def. Japan Kuniyoshi Hironaka
Sakurai defeated Hironaka by two-round unanimous decision (3–0).
  • Middleweight bout
Japan Yoshihiro Akiyama def. Japan Masanori Tonooka
Akiyama defeated Tonooka by Submission (armbar) at 6:26 of round 1.
  • Lightweight bout
Japan Shinya Aoki def. United States Todd Moore
Aoki defeated Moore by Submission (neck crank) at 1:10 of round 1.
  • Heavyweight bout
Croatia Mirko Filipović vs. Netherlands Alistair Overeem
The fight ended at 6:09 of round 1 as a No contest after Filipović could not continue due to repeated illegal knee strikes to the groin.
  • Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Final
Armenia Gegard Mousasi def. Brazil Ronaldo Souza
Mousasi defeated Souza by KO (Upkick) at 2:15 of round 1.

2008 Middleweight Grand Prix bracket[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Brazil Ronaldo Souza W Sub
United States Ian Murphy
Brazil Ronaldo Souza W Dec
United States Jason Miller
United States Jason Miller W TKO
Japan Katsuyori Shibata
Brazil Ronaldo Souza W Sub
Croatia Zelg Galesic
Croatia Zelg Galesic W Sub
Russia Magomed Sultanakhmedov
Croatia Zelg Galesic W TKO
Japan Taiei Kin
Japan Taiei Kin W Dec
Japan Ikuhisa Minowa
Brazil Ronaldo Souza
Armenia Gegard Mousasi W KO
Armenia Gegard Mousasi W Sub
Canada Denis Kang
Armenia Gegard Mousasi W Dec
South Korea Yoon Dong-Sik
South Korea Yoon Dong-Sik W Dec
Japan Shungo Oyama
Armenia Gegard Mousasi W SUB
Netherlands Melvin Manhoef
Japan Kazushi Sakuraba W Sub
Brazil Andrews Nakahara
Japan Kazushi Sakuraba
Netherlands Melvin Manhoef** Win KO
Japan Kiyoshi Tamura W TKO
Japan Masakatsu Funaki

** = Replacement

Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Reserve Bouts:

Netherlands Melvin Manhoef def. South Korea Dae Won Kim at Dream 3
Brazil Andrews Nakahara def. South Korea Yoon Dong-sik at Dream 6


  • Badr Hari approached the ring prior to the Middle-Weight Final bout and challenged the Dream Heavyweight fighters to a match against him at the K-1 Dynamite Show in Tokyo. He also insulted the performance of the competitors by stating "All I've seen tonight is a bunch of hugging and kissing"
  • Fedor Emelianenko announced his desire to participate in Dream's New Year show: FieLDS Dynamite!! on December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena. He was expected to face the winner of the Cro Cop vs. Overeem bout, but due to the No Contest, his opponent remained undecided.
  • Joachim Hansen addressed the crowd and announced his participation at FieLDS Dynamite!!, with his opponent to be determined.
  • A number of World Victory Road fighters were in attendance and Yoshihiro Akiyama hinted at a potential merger on the horizon by declaring he wanted to fight Hidehiko Yoshida next. Notable WVR fighters at Dream.6 included Takanori Gomi, Xande Ribeiro, and Josh Barnett.
  • The Average TBS broadcast rating was 9.0 with a peak of 13.4 during the Akiyama vs. Tonooka fight. Announced attendance was 25,000.
  • Mirko Filipovic was taken to a hospital for treatment and was unavailable for post-fight comments.

Tournament Bonuses[edit]

  • Semifinalists Zelg Galesic and Melvin Manhoef both earned a 1,000,000円 bonus for their performance in the tournament.
  • Runner-up Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza received a 3,000,000円 bonus for his efforts.
  • Winner Gegard Mousasi earned a 10,000,000円 bonus to become Dream's first Middle-Weight Champion.


External links[edit]

Dream 6 official card