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DREAM 14: Diaz Continues MMA Domination

How long until we see Diaz vs St. Pierre? How long until we see Diaz vs St. Pierre?

DREAM 14 is in the books and it was another stellar night from Japan’s biggest MMA promotion. Strikeforce welterweight champion, Nick Diaz, continued to show his status as one of the top fighters at 170 by taking out Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Soon, the Diaz vs. Georges St. Pierre conversation will reach the proportions of the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar conversation. Can the UFC get this one done?

Diaz took Sakurai to the ground early. He didn’t want to engage much in the stand-up, as Sakurai was in fine from on his feet and packs a heavy right hand. Diaz is well-rounded enough that he can take the fight where he wants it. Once on the ground, he used his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt skills to secure an armbar and elicit a tap from "Mach" in Round 1.

Also of note was Diaz’s uncharacteristic display of sportsmanship and class post fight, as he helped Sakurai to his feet and raised his opponent’s hand. Is one of MMA’s baddest bad boys finally growing up?

With Diaz continuing to lay waste to the 170-pounders outside the UFC and Georges St. Pierre now in the position of having rematches with fighters he has already demolished, the MMA world is undoubtedly chomping at the bit to get these two fighters together.

Can Dana White help out this time? Or will it be another case like Fedor Emelianenko, where one of the best fighters never ends up facing the best competition? Time will tell.

In the co-main event, Kazushi Sakuraba continued his decade long series versus the Gracie family by taking on Ralek Gracie, son of UFC founder Rorion Gracie. The younger Ralek won a unanimous decision, wearing down Sakuraba with superior cardio.

Norwegian sensation Joachim Hansen suffered his first career loss due to strikes when he was KOed by Hiroyuki Takaya in Round 1. Takaya landed a straight right to Hansen’s chin that wobbled him, and followed it up with a devastating hook and strikes on the ground.

Kid Yamamoto returned to his winning ways, scoring a first round KO of Kiko Lopez, who was game but overmatched in this one. Yamamoto looks to return to former glory by building off this much-needed win.

"Wicky" Akiyo Nishiura defeated an unenthusiastic Hideo Tokoro via first round TKO. After chasing Tokoro around the ring, Nishiura landed a punch that caused Tokoro to turtle on the ground covering his head. Nishiura unleashed until the referee gave Tokoro what we looked like he wanted from the outset, and stopped the fight.

Ikuhisa Minowa tapped out another gargantuan tomato can in his career of diminishing returns. How many times can we watch the same fight? The novelty has died and it’s time for “Minowaman” to face a legitimate fighter again.

DREAM 14 delivered some incredible moments in a night of MMA that served as a great opening act for UFC 114. Nick Diaz, Kid Yamamoto, and Hiroyuki Takaya have big things to offer in 2010.

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Last modified on Monday, 04 July 2011 09:59

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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