The Brazilian Bibiano Fernandes He is the Dream featherweight GP champion. Showing a lot of confidence in his game, the black belt defeated Joe Warren with an armbar in the semis and Japanese Hiroyuki Takaya by judges' decision to reach the long-awaited belt.
In his first battle, Bibiano faced Joe Warren, who was coming off a victory over the beast Kid Yamamoto. The American started the fight better, looking for the takedown the entire time. When he managed to take down the Brazilian, he was quickly surprised with a tight armbar that forced the referee to stop the fight before the fracture.
In the grand final, Bibiano faced Hiroyuki Takaya and maintained his striking throughout the first round, showing a good boxing game. In the second round, the Japanese still managed to open a cut on the Brazilian's face, but with confidence, Bibiano maintained his superiority and took the belt according to the judges' decision.
In the other fights, highlights include Shinya Aoki's triumph over Joachim Hansen, in a fight valid for the organization's lightweight belt and to define the finalists of the Super Hulk tournament, where Rameau Sokoudjou and Ikuhisa Minowa defeated Bob Sapp Hong Man Choi, respectively, and were assured of the decision. Check out the results:
– Kazushi Sakuraba submitted Rubin Williams with a kimura in R1;
– Tatsuya Kawajiri defeated Melchor Manibusan by technical knockout in R1;
Super Hulk GP Semifinals:
– Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeated Bob Sapp by technical knockout in R1;
– Ikuhisa Minowa submitted Hong Man Choi with a footlock in R2;
Featherweight GP semi-finals:
- Bibiano Fernandes submitted Joe Warren with an armbar in R1;
– Hiroyuki Takaya defeated Hideo Tokoro by technical knockout in R2;
Featherweight GP final:
- Bibiano Fernandes defeated Hiroyuki Takaya via judges' decision;
Featherweight GP reserve fight:
– Kazuyuki Miyata defeated Daiki Hata via unanimous decision by the judges.