Mousasi-Goodridge Added to ‘Dynamite’
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard
will meet in a heavyweight MMA-rules bout at K-1
“Dynamite Power of Courage 2009” this Thursday at the Saitama Super
Arena in Saitama, Japan.
The last-minute matchup will be Mousasi’s return engagement to
Japan, where the 24-year-old Armenian-Dutch striker breezed past
jiu-jitsu ace Ronald “Jacare” Souza and striker Melvin
Manhoef to win Dream’s middleweight title in 2008. In 2009, the
rising talent relinquished the title to move up a weight division
and trampled former Strikeforce champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral in
one minute last August to take the U.S. promotion’s crown. Mousasi
earned a second-round technical knockout against Rameau
Thierry Sokoudjou in a non-title affair for Strikeforce on Nov.
7. The bout was televised to nearly five million homes live on
Noted for a calmness and poise reminiscent of his
sometimes-training partner Fedor
Emelianenko, Mousasi hasn’t lost since August 2006, when he was
submitted by Akihiro Gono
with a second-round armbar in Pride Bushido’s welterweight
The grizzled 43-year-old Goodridge has led a storied career in the
sport dating back to UFC 8 in 1996. The former Canadian world arm
wrestling champion-turned-brawler has fought 45 MMA bouts as well
as 35 kickboxing bouts, mostly in Japan. On December 2008,
Goodridge was defeated by CÄƒtÄƒlin MoroÅŸanu in a kickboxing match
at Lokal Kombat 32 in Romania. Goodridge dropped all five of his
MMA bouts in 2008, which included losses against current
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair
Overeem and Paul
Buentello. He has not fought yet in 2009.
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