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Gegard Mousasi delivered a devastating up-kick to knock out Ronaldo de Souza, the Brazilian submission specialist who is better known as Jacare, and win the Dream.6 middleweight Grand Prix.
It was an absolutely perfect kick from Mousasi, who had been taken to the ground by Jacare -- a dangerous place to be -- early in the fight. Mousasi is now the Dream middleweight champion, and with a career record of 24-2-1, he has to be considered one of the top middleweights in the world.
In the semifinals, both Jacare and Mousasi won with impressive first-round submissions. Mousasi used a triangle to choke out Melvin Manhoef at 1:28 of the first round, getting into perfect position after Manhoef slammed him to the ground. Jacare submitted Zelg Galesic with an arm bar at 1:27 of the first round.
The Armenian-Dutch Mousasi is now on a 10-fight winning streak. Jacare entered the final on a 10-fight winning streak of his own, but now his record falls to 10-2.
Other Dream.6 results:
Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and Alistair Overeem fought to a no contest when Overeem repeatedly kneed Cro Cop in the groin and Cro Cop couldn't go on.
Shinya Aoki defeated Todd Moore with a first-round neck crank.
Andrews Nakahara defeated Yoon Dong-sik by second-round TKO (strikes)
Atsushi Yamamoto defeated Hideo Tokoro by unanimous decision
Keita Nakamura defeated Adriano Martins by split decision
Sergei Kharitonov defeated Jimmy Ambriz by first-round submission (strikes)
Masakatsu Funaki defeated Ikuhisa Minowa by first-round submission (heel hook)
Hayato Sakurai defeated Kuniyoshi Hironaka by unanimous decision
Yoshihiro Akiyama defeated Masanori Tonooka by first-round submission (arm bar)