A light heavyweight showdown between Mike Kyle and
Mousasi is being targeted for Strikeforce’s
Kyle announced the news in a YouTube video on Thursday. Mousasi and
Kyle have been slated to meet on three occasions in the past, but
injuries have always prevented the two from actually crossing
Strikeforce’s upcoming show takes place Jan. 12 at the Chesapeake
Energy Arena in Oklahoma City and airs live on Showtime, delayed on
the West Coast. The evening’s preliminary draw will be broadcast
immediately prior on sister network Showtime Extreme.
Kyle, 32, has won five of his last seven fights. The American
Kickboxing Academy representative was last seen on May 19, when he
was knocked out by former Strikeforce
light heavyweight king Rafael
Cavalcante in just 33 seconds. However, that defeat was changed
to a no contest by the California State Athletic Commission after
“Feijao” failed his post-fight drug test. A
WEC veteran, Kyle owns 12 of his 19 career wins by knockout and
has gone the distance just four times in his 11 years as a pro.
Mousasi, 27, has held both the Strikeforce and Dream light
heavyweight titles, winning the latter belt in 2009 but losing it
Lawal in just his first defense. The Iranian-born Dutchman then
captured Dream’s championship in 2010 and defended it successfully
Izumi last year. Most recently, “The Dreamcatcher” squared off
with rising talent Ovince St.
Preux this past December, taking a unanimous decision from the
former University of Tennessee linebacker at “Melendez vs.