Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Gary Goodridge 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 CBS.

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 tournament quarterfinals.

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 Cătălin Moroşanu 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.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Rose Namajunas Faces Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201

  • 21 days ago
  • 33 views

An intriguing matchup between strawweight contenders Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz has been added to the July 30, UFC 201 fight card in Atlanta. read news >>

Flashback Friday Video – Brock Lesnar Before His MMA Debut at K-1 Dynamite USA in 2007

  • 18 days ago
  • 38 views

He went on to become a UFC champion, but his MMA career began at K-1 Dynamite USA in June 2007. In this flashback video, check out Brock Lesnar talking about his MMA debut. read news >>

JUNE 17 — Jason High Looking to Finish Mike Ricci at WSOF 31

  • 15 days ago
  • 12 views

veteran lightweight Jason High is looking to finish his WSOF 31 opponent Mike Ricci when they meet on June 17 at Foxwoods Casino and Resort in Connecticut. read news >>

Derek Brunson Out; Thiago Santos Now Faces Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200

  • 8 days ago
  • 13 views

An injury has forced Derek Brunson out of his UFC 200 bout against Gegard Mousasi. Thiago Santos will step in as a replacement and take on the No. 8 ranked middleweight on July 9. read news >>

Jessica Eye vs. Bethe Correia Added to UFC 203 Fight Card in Cleveland

  • 4 days ago
  • 9 views

UFC 203 will take place in Cleveland on September 10 with Stipe Miocic leading the charge, and another hometown fighter has joined the fray. Cleveland’s Jessica Eye (11-5, 1 NC) will battle Bethe Cor read news >>

Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira Moved to UFC 202, Cowboy Cerrone vs. Rick Story Added to Fight Card

  • 20 hours ago
  • 18 views

The UFC announced on Monday that the light heavyweight bout between contenders Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira, originally scheduled for July 23, will now be the UFC 202 co-main event. read news >>