DREAM’s light-heavyweight tournament final will be contested by Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Mizuno after both fighters successfully navigated their way through the semi-final stages at tonight’s DREAM 15 event in Japan.
Mizuno was the underdog heading into his fight with Melvin Manhoef, but after surviving the early stand-up storm he turned the tide by flooring the kickboxer with strikes and then laying down some brutal ground and pound.
Manhoef looked done at this stage, but the referee let the action continue and Mizuno latched on a kimura to bring an end to the contest.
Next up was Mousasi who was looking to get back to winning ways after losing his Strikeforce light-heavyweight title and long unbeaten run to King Mo earlier in the year.
In the end it proved all too easy for him against Jake O’Brien who had weighed in well over the limit at 226lbs for the fight. As the wrestler attempted a takedown in the opening stages Mousasi locked in a guillotine choke and forced the tap with just 31 seconds on the clock.