Fedor Emelianenko made his return to Japan a success, knocking out Satoshi Ishii in the main event of DREAM: New Year! 2011! from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan Saturday morning (U.S. time). Fedor-Ishii was the main event of a nine-plus hour card that helped ring in the New Year in Japan.
“The Last Emperor” made it two straight victories with a devastating punch that floored the Olympian. Emelianenko toppled Jeff Monson in his native country of Russia earlier this year, halting a three-fight losing skid suffered while competing in Strikeforce.
In other action, DREAM lightweight champion Shinya Aoki defended his title with a decision victory over Satoru Kitaoka, while Hiroyuki Takaya downed Takeshi Inoue in a DREAM featherweight championship match.
Here are the complete results of the MMA, kickboxing, pro wrestling card.
DREAM: NEW YEAR! 2011! RESULTS
Fedor Emelianenko def. Satoshi Ishii by first-round knockout (punches)
Shinya Aoki def. Satoru Kitaoka by unanimous decision for DREAM lightweight championship
Hiroyuki Takaya def. Takeshi “Lion” Inoue by unanimous decision for DREAM featherweight championship
Bantamweight Grand Prix Final: Bibiano Fernandes def. Antonio Banuelos via first-round TKO (punches)
Hayato “Mach” Sakurai def. Ryo Chonan via unanimous decision
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Kazuyuki Miyata via submission (arm triangle)
Megumi Fujii def. Karla Benitez via submission (arm bar)
BW GP Semifinals: Bibiano Fernandes def. Rodolfo Marques via unanimous decision
BW GP Semifinals: Antonio Banuelos def. Masakazu Imanari via split decision
BW GP Reserve Bout: Yusup Saadulaev def. Hideo Tokoro via first-round KO (slam)
Katsunori Kikuno def. Yuichiro Nagashima via second-round TKO (punches)
Yuta Kubo def. Nils Widlund by knockout
Masaaki Noiri def. Kengo Sonoda by unanimous decision
Jerome LeBanner def. Tim Sylvia
Kazuyuki Fujita def. Peter Aerts
Josh Barnett def. Hideki Suzuki
Kazushi Sakuraba and Katsuyori Shibata def. Shinichi Suzukawa and Atsushi Sawada