Friday, June 4, 2010

Select Fights from DREAM 14

1. Nick Diaz vs. Hayato Mach Sakurai - 3
2. Norifumi "KID" Yamamoto vs. Kiko Lopez - 4
3. Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Joachim Hansen - 5

Diaz secured a fairly easy armbar to get a first round tap; not a lot on display here, Diaz just made it look too easy, not rushed or too aggressive, baited his time and made Sakurai look like an amateur. After a few career missteps Kid Yamamoto looked like a badass again here knocking out Lopez in around two minutes -- it'll be interesting to see if they give him a challenging fight next or feed him some more Quiznos employees like Lopez. Hansen looks like he'd fit right in with Remy's gang in Higher Learning (1995). His claim to fame is besting DREAM favorite Shinya Aoki but here he got surprised and knocked out in the first round by Takaya. I gave this an extra point for the surprise finish late in the round. Still, nothing on the show dips into the recommendable category, so if you're interested (and I urge you to do so) in finding out more about one of the best MMA companies today I'd suggest digging a little deeper into their archives.

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