Main Card | DREAM Featherweight Championship | 65 kg
Hiroyuki Takaya defeats Takeshi Inoue via 5 Round Decision
|16-9-1||Pro Record At Fight||21-5-0||Climbed to 17-9||Record After Fight||Fell to 21-6|
|+130 (Slight Underdog)||Betting Odds||-160 (Slight Favorite)|
|Japan||Fighting out of||Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan|
|34 years, 6 months||Age at Fight||31 years, 9 months, 6 days|
|143.3 lbs (65.0 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||142.9 lbs (64.8 kgs)|
|5'6" (167cm)||Height||5'8" (173cm)|
|Takaya Gundan||Gym||Rising Sun|
- Bout Information
- Event: Dream: Fight For Japan! New Year! 2011
- Date: Saturday 12.31.2011 at 01:00 AM ET
- Referee: Yuji Shimada
- Venue: Saitama Super Arena
- Enclosure: Ring
- Location: Saitama, Japan
- Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 8 of 10)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 65 kg (143.3 lbs)
- TV Commentary: Michael Schiavello, Hans Thompson
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer:
- Takaya Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Inoue Total Disclosed Pay: None Disclosed
- Title on Line: DREAM Featherweight Championship
- Belt Status Before Fight: Held by Takaya
Takaya vs. Inoue Wiki Update Wiki
Takaya and Inoue took to the ring for one of the final bouts on the card for the Dream Featherweight Championship.
Takaya tried to set the pace early, backing Inoue up with jabs and stalking him around the ring as Inoue looked to counter. Takaya doubled up on a jab and connected. Inoue began to find the range with his jab and landed a leg kick. Takaya caught Inoue in a Thai clinch and landed a knee. Takaya connected on another pair of jabs and grew increasingly aggressive. Takaya ducked under a cross and secured a takedown before the bell.
Inoue loosened up a bit to start the second, but continued to eat punches from the aggressive champion. Takaya landed a right hook then a pair of crosses that backed Inoue up into the ropes. The challenger finally buckled the champion with a counter right cross. Inoue began to land his jab consistently, bloodying Takaya's nose, whose pace slowed some in the final minute. Takaya stole another takedown before the bell.
Takaya landed a nice leg kick then secured a takedown to start the third round. Takaya stood in Inoue's guard and attempted to drop some bombs, but Inoue avoided them and kept up an active guard before escaping to his feet. Inoue landed some stiff jabs and counter right hands as Takaya continued to stalk forward. Takaya landed some hard combos in the final minute to leave another good final impression on the judges.
Takaya continued to head hunt in the fourth round as Inoue looked for counters, with both fighters landing solid shots. Takaya landed a pair of combos against the ropes that had the challenger backpedaling. Takaya's face showed the more visible damage throughout the fight, but it was Inoue who got the worst of almost every exchange. The ref issued Inoue a yellow card for refusing to engage the champion midway through the fourth round. On the restart, Takaya continued his assault, rocking Inoue with a vicious combo against the ropes.
Takaya continued his assault in the fifth and final round, adding a Thai clinch game to soften up Inoue's body. The challenger hung on gamely and avoided a finish, but failed to pull the trigger offensively.
The judges scored the bout for Takaya across the board.