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DREAM 16 in Nagoya – Ishii’s win, Sakuraba’s submission loss

By Zach Arnold | September 25, 2010

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They claimed an attendance figure of 9,300. When Satoshi Ishii came out to the ring, he came out to Antonio Inoki’s ring entrance song. (Yes, he is aligned with management that is close to Inoki.) The impression was very clear after the fight that Ishii will be in DREAM for the foreseeable future and that his next fight will be on New Year’s Eve for the promotion. Virtually all of the Japanese media focus was on this after the fight.

As for Sakuraba losing by submission in two minutes to Mayhem Miller, completely predictable and horribly sad at the same time. Picture of the finish here and a picture of a disappointed Sakuraba.

Tim Sylvia loses in his pro-wrestling debut

While the DREAM 16 show was going on in Nagoya, there was an Inoki Genome Federation show in Tokyo at JCB Hall with a lot of big names. Claimed attendance was 2,958. The promotion announced that their next show would be on 12/3 in Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan with an “Inoki Matsuri (festival)” theme for the promotion’s 7th year anniversary.

Topics: DREAM, Japan, Media, MMA, Pro-Wrestling, Zach Arnold | 7 Comments » | Permalink | Trackback |

7 Responses to “DREAM 16 in Nagoya – Ishii’s win, Sakuraba’s submission loss”

  1. Chuck says:

    That IGF show looks….pretty bad. I would be interested in seeing the Tiger Mask/Fujinami match though. And Daniels/Sawa.

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    I just don’t see how they can build an organization around Ishii. He just isn’t good enough.

  3. PizzaChef says:

    The HDNet broadcast ruined part of the DREAM experience for me. Too many commercials so they go back to the event too late and I end up missing part of the pre-fight intro videos.

    Where can I complain to HDNet? God it was annoying as fuck.

    Plus the card was a bit lackluster too. This UFC isn’t that good either except for the prelims on Spike.

  4. Light23 says:

    What’s a sleeper hold? Do you really have to slip in pro wrestling terminology ever now and again?

    • Benson Alexander says:

      God, you are an idiot, is this your attempt to make a point to attack pro wrestling? Choke sleeper hold is the only thing you can complain about? Surprised Zach hasn’t said anything to you yet.

  5. Croatian Strength says:

    How can Inoki’s backers pay for an event like that with a gate of 3000?

    I can see Dream putting Saku Vs Ishii for NYE.

  6. mma clothing says:

    Its a shame we cant get dream on UK tv!

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