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DREAM.8: Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round
A poster or logo for DREAM.8: Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round.
Information
Promotion DREAM
Date April 5, 2009
Venue Nippon Gaishi Hall
City Japan Nagoya, Japan
Attendance 9,129
Event chronology
Dream.7: Feather Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round DREAM.8: Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round Dream.9: Feather Weight Grand Prix Second Round

DREAM.8: Welter Weight Grand Prix 2009 First Round was a mixed martial arts event promoted by Fighting and Entertainment Group's mixed martial arts promotion Dream on April 5, 2009. Unlike Dream's past tournaments, the Welter Weight Grand Prix is only scheduled to have eight participants. DREAM's welterweight division has a 76 kilograms (168 lb) weight limit.

Results[edit]

  • Catchweight (88 kg) match
Japan Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Japan Katsuyori Shibata
Shibata defeated Minowa via unanimous decision.
  • Middleweight match
Japan Shungo Oyama[1] vs. Brazil Andrews Nakahara
Nakahara defeated Oyama via TKO (punches) at 2:00 of Round 1.
  • Lightweight match
Japan Katsuhiko Nagata vs. Brazil Vitor Ribeiro
Ribeiro defeated Nagata via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 7:58 of Round 1.
  • Catchweight (89kg) match
Brazil Murilo Rua vs. Japan Riki Fukuda[2]
Fukuda defeated Rua via unanimous decision.
  • Heavyweight match
Russia Sergei Kharitonov vs. United States Jeff Monson
Monson defeated Kharitonov via submission (north-south choke) at 1:42 of Round 1.
  • Featherweight Grand Prix First Round Match
Japan Hideo Tokoro vs. Japan Daiki Hata
Hata defeated Tokoro via unanimous decision.
  • Welterweight Grand Prix First Round Match
Brazil André Galvão vs. Canada John Alessio
Galvao defeated Alessio via submission (armbar) at 7:34 of Round 1.
  • Welterweight Grand Prix First Round Match
Lithuania Marius Žaromskis vs. Japan Seichi Ikemoto
Zaromskis defeated Ikemoto via unanimous decision.
  • Welterweight Grand Prix First Round Match
Japan Yuya Shirai vs. United States Jason High
High defeated Shirai via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:59 of Round 1.
  • Welterweight Grand Prix First Round Match
Japan Hayato Sakurai vs. Japan Shinya Aoki[3]
Sakurai defeated Aoki via KO (Knees & Punches) at 0:27 of Round 1.

Notes[edit]

  • Nick Diaz was among the early rumored participants in Dream's Welterweight Grand Prix. However, his participation in April's Strikeforce event seems to have excluded him from Dream.8.
  • Seichi Ikemoto defeated Hidetaka Monma at Deep 40 to qualify for the Welterweight Grand Prix.[4]
  • Yuya Shirai defeated Yoon Young Kim at clubDEEP Tokyo: Protect Cup Final to qualify for the Welterweight Grand Prix.[5]
  • One of the first announced bouts was a Middleweight fight between Andrews Nakahara and Zelg Galešić. However, after being admitted to a hospital in Croatia two weeks before DREAM.8, Zelg Galesic was not cleared to fight, and was replaced with Shungo Oyama.[1]
  • Another scrapped match was a Middleweight bout between debuting Murilo Rua and Dong Sik Yoon. Two days before DREAM.8 Dong Sik Yoon was pulled from the card due to an unknown injury.[6] He was replaced a day before the event by Riki Fukuda.[2] Fukuda couldn't make the Middleweight limit on such a short notice so the match was held at catchweight of 89kg.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Zelg Galesic Likely Out For DREAM 8". nokaut.com. March 20, 2009. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "Final Preparations! Getting Ready For The Eighth Dream". nightmareofbattle.wordpress.com. April 2, 2009. Retrieved April 4, 2009. 
  3. ^ "DREAM.8 bout order revealed, Aoki vs. Sakurai set for main event". MMAJunkie.com. April 2, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "仰天ダブルパンチで門馬に快勝!池本誠知がDreamウェルター級Grand Prix出場権を獲得!!". Dreamofficial.com. February 21, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "仰天ダブルパンチで門馬に快勝!池本誠知がDreamウェルター級Grand Prix出場権を獲得!!". Dreamofficial.com. February 21, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ "DREAM 8 – Dong Sik Yoon Out!". japan-mma.com. April 3, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009.