Jason "Mayhem" Miller made quick work of Kazushi "Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba at DREAM 16.
During pre-fight interviews Miller stated, "I want to show everyone that I am stronger. I hope to be the first man to submit Sakuraba here in DREAM."
Sakuraba answered Mayhem with, "I have tapped out lots of times during training. It's just that nobody has submitted me in a fight. There are lots of fighters who have the ability to submit me. I always try to be one step ahead of my opponent though so I'm not concerned about his comment."
Perhaps Sakuraba should have shown some concern, as he was tapped out just 2:09 into the first round of their fight.
The bout began with with both fighters looking to land some strikes. Sakuraba caught Miller with a quick left, which Miller answered with a knee to the head of the Japanese MMA legend.
Sakuraba was looking for a single leg and missed the shot and ended up on his back. Miller, avoiding the kicks of Sakuraba, then landed some hard punches to the head of Sakuraba.
Sakuraba then caught Miller and looked to set up a leg lock, but Mayhem's defense was too strong and he broke the hold.
Sakuraba then turtled below the blows of Miller. Sakuraba covered and Miller waited patiently for an opening. Miller did not waste any energy on throwing punches that he knew would be blocked.
Sakuraba then worked to his back and Miller took full advantage, laying down heavy rights that caused the head of his opponent to bounce off the canvas. Sakuraba attempted to escape the punches and Miller saw an opening and sank in a deep arm-triangle choke.
Mayhem made good on his promise as Sakuraba tapped out.
This is only the second time that Sakuraba has ever tapped out in his long MMA career. The first tapout occurred in 1996 in his debut fight against Kimo Leopoldo, who also used the arm-triangle choke in securing the submission.
With the victory Miller's MMA record stands at 24-7 with a DREAM record of 2-1. Sakuraba falls to 26-14-1 in his MMA career and 3-3 while fighting for DREAM.
Miller has been victorious in three of his last four bouts. His last loss was at the hands of Jake Shields who secured the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight title with his win over Miller.