Maggie Hendricks

Nakamura, Ishida and Omigawa early winners at DREAM.15

Maggie Hendricks
Cagewriter

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At the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, DREAM.15 started out with two grappling-filled decisions and a guillotine win.

Nakamura victorious in Amoussou's DREAM debut

Kazuhiro Nakamura started out the night with a decision win over French M-1 veteran Karl Amoussou. Nakamura controlled Amoussou on the ground for much of the first, 10-minute round, while unsurprisingly, Amoussou showed great stand-up skills. Nakamura moved ahead in the second round with more grappling prowess and a liver shot near the end of the bout that sealed the deal.

Over the 15-minute bout, both fighters were given a yellow cards. A yellow card is given for lack of activity during a match, and a fighter is fined ten percent of their purse for every yellow card.

Ishida wins with wrestling

Ishida wrestled his way to a decision win over Daiki Hata at his first bout at featherweight. Looking more cut than in his Strikeforce loss to Gilbert Melendez, Ishida came close to submitting Hata early in the bout and didn't let up for the rest of the fight. Near the end of the fight, Hata was able to get out and tried to stop Ishida with an uppercut, but Ishida responded with another takedown to earn the win.

Omigawa wins with guillotine

The heavily-favored Michihiro Omigawa won, as expected, in the first round over a tough but unknown Young Sam Jung. Omigawa tagged Jung early in the fight, knocking him to the ground and following up with strikes, but Jung somehow survived. Again, Omigawa looked to be in position to finish the fight with a guillotine, but Jung fought through. Finally, after a flurry of punches while on their feet, Omigawa was able to finish the fight with another guillotine.

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