DREAM 18 – MMA RESULTS
Will Brooks def. Satoru Kitaoka by TKO (Punches) in Round 2.
Marloes Coenen def. Fiona Muxlow by Submission (Armbar) in Round 1.
Hayato Sakurai def. Phil Baroni by unanimous decision.
Melvin Manhoef def. Denis Kang by KO (Knee and Punches) in Round 1.
Bibiano Fernandes def. Yoshiro Maeda by submission (Triangle Choke) in Round 1.
Shinya Aoki def. Antonio McKee by Submission (Punch) in Round 2.
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Hiroyuki Takaya by split decision.
Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Michihiro Omigawa by unanimous decision.
Kickboxing: Jerome Le Banner def. KOICHI aka Koichi Pettas by KO (Jab) in Round 3.
GLORY 4 (Kickboxing):
HW tournament: Semmy Schilt def. Brice Guidon by KO (Jab) in Round 2.
HW tournament: Rico Verhoeven def. Sergei Kharitonov by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW tournament: Gokhan Saki def. Raoumaru by TKO (2 Knockdowns) in Round 1.
HW tournament: Anderson “Braddock” Silva def. Igor Jurkovic by TKO (2 Knockdowns) in Round 1.
HW tournament: Remy Bonjasky def. Filip Verlinden by split decision after three rounds.
HW tournament: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Errol Zimmerman by decision after two rounds.
HW tournament: Mourad Bouzidi def. Peter Aerts by TKO (Corner Stoppage/Broken Hand) after Round 1.
HW tournament: Daniel Ghita def. Jhonata Diniz by unanimous decision after three rounds.
HW Quarter Final: Semmy Schilt def. Rico Verhoeven by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW Quarter Final: Gokhan Saki def. Anderson “Braddock” Silva by KO (Left Hook) in Round 1.
HW Quarter Final: Jamal Ben Saddik def. Remy Bonjasky by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW Quarter Final: Daniel Ghita def. Mourad Bouzidi by TKO (Arm Injury) in Round 2.
85kg: Jason Wilnis def. Toshio Matsumoto by unanimous decision.
HW Semi Final: Semmy Schilt def. Gokhan Saki by unanimous decision after two rounds.
HW Semi Final: Daniel Ghita def. Jamal Ben Saddik by KO (Liver Kick) in Round 1.
53kg: Mutsuki Ebata def. Sang-Jae Kim by unanimous decision.
70kg: Robin van Roosmalen def. Yuichiro Nagashima by unanimous decision.
HW Final: Semmy Schilt def. Daniel Ghita by TKO (High Kick/Ref Stoppage).
A picture says a thousand words and Semmy Schilt was able to hold onto the top spot in Heavyweight Kickboxing as he wins his fifth major Kickboxing tournament with a win over tough challenger Daniel Ghita. Daniel Ghita and Semmy Schilt were the favorites heading into the event and it was no surprise when both men found themselves standing toe-to-toe in the finals. This was a rematch from 2009 where Semmy Schilt was able to dominate Ghita to take a decision victory in the K-1 WGP Final 16 and since then Semmy has aged and Daniel Ghita has evolved into a more complete fighter.
Schilt\’s night included knocking out Brice Guidon, taking Rico Verhoeven to a decision and going the distance with Gokhan Saki while Daniel Ghita never quite looked like himself as he struggled with Jhonata Diniz and edged out Mourad Bouzidi who fell victim to a freak accident. Things turned around for Ghita when he knocked out Jamal Ben Saddik with one kick to the gut, leading into the biggest fight in Heavyweight Kickboxing today. The Finals started off with both men feeling each other out, Semmy fighting like Semmy and Ghita getting off a few good shots before a huge head kick connected from Schilt and Ghita went down like a sack of bricks. Ghita looked stunned but pulled himself up and looked composed before referee Joop Ubeda decided to call the fight in a controversial decision even though Ghita was fine and we usually see Finals go until only one man can stand.
Schilt walks away with the $400,000 USD grand prize and Daniel Ghita gets $100,000 as a consolation. No doubt that Schilt had a good night and deserves his due, but there are going to be a lot of questions surrounding Joop Ubeda\’s decision to call the fight that early.