King Mo to face veteran Mark Kerr in Kansas City on Aug. 28 – Fedor vs. Mousasi sparring match

PRO MMA (promma.info) has learned that “King Mo” Muhammed Lawal will now face UFC and Pride veteran Mark Kerr on Aug. 28 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Mo.  Kerr is taking the place of Don Frye who pulled out of the fight reportedly due to the change in venue location.

The event, “M-1 Global presents Breakthrough,” will also feature a special attraction sparring session between Fedor Emelianenko and Gegard Mousasi. M-1 Global is expected to issue a press release later today with all the details.

Kerr, who was a former high school state wrestling champion, will face a wrestler of a whole different caliber when he goes against Lawal. Kerr, once one of the most feared heavyweights in the game and a former UFC heavyweight tournament champion, has dropped his last four fights, all in the first round, all in 2008.

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Renato “Babalu” Sobral to put Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title on the line against Gegard Mousasi on August 15

Gegard Mousasi was originally scheduled to fight Renato “Babalu” Sobral as part of the now defunct “Affliction: Trilogy” event on Aug. 1. Due to the cancellation of the card and the subsequent shutdown of Affliction’s MMA promotional division, the bout has been moved to Strikeforce, where Sobral in fact holds the light heavyweight title. PRO MMA (promma.info) received the following press release regarding the news:

NEW YORK (July 27, 2009)–The highly-anticipated showdown between Renato “Babalu” Sobral (35-8) and Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1), which was suddenly cancelled by its original promoter last week, has been revitalized and will be contested with Sobral’s STRIKEFORCE World Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) Championship on the line at San Jose, California’s HP Pavilion on Saturday, August 15.

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Mousasi wants some answers from Affliction

Fedor Emelianenko was not the only one to miss out on a huge bout due to Josh Barnett’s foolishness. To be exact, there were twenty-three other fighters who have been sidelined after the cancellation of “Affliction: Trilogy.”

Dream veteran Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) had a scheduled match up with Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8), and is none too happy about the inconvenience.

Mousasi gave a brief statement to M-1Global.com:

“The only thing important for me is what will be done for the fighters who all trained really hard for these fights,” he told us. “It’s very difficult for me and the other fighters who have put a lot of time and energy in their training and now are treated like this because a fighter is caught on steroids? It’s all politics and I can do nothing but wait (and see) what will come of out this.”

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Gewik Mousasi, older brother of Gegard Mousasi, set to compete in M-1 Challenge on Aug. 15

Amsterdam, Holland – For the past three years, Gewik Mousasi, older brother of former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi, has focused on becoming one of Holland’s best MMA trainers. Most recently, Mousasi has served as a coach for Team Benelux in the “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction.”

However, on Saturday, Aug. 15 at Studio 22 in Hilversum, Holland (just outside of Amsterdam), Gewik will take on the unique role of player-coach as he returns to active competition as the heavyweight representative for Benelux when it faces Group C rival USA East. For those unable to attend live, Mousasi’s fight will be televised live during M-1Global.com’s live two-day Internet PPV stream (not available in the U.S. or Korea).

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Gegard Mousasi prepared for U.S. debut Aug. 1

Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) is coming off a big win (no pun intended) over Mark Hunt at the DREAM.9 “Super Hulk Tournament” back in May. Mousasi, who is considered by many to be one of the top ten middleweights in the world, is on a 12-fight win streak.

On Aug. 1, 2009, Mousasi will make his U.S. fighting debut as he takes on Renato “Babalu” Sobral at “Affliction: Trilogy” at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mousasi, now training in Holland, spoke with MMAJunkie Radio on Monday about his fight with Hunt, the continuation of the “Super Hulk Tournament,” and his upcoming fight with Babalu.

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“Affliction: Trilogy” press conference quotes

A press conference announcing Affliction and M-1 Global’s August 1st professional mixed martial arts event “Trilogy” was held Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Trump Tower in New York City. Speaking at the press conference were the “Trilogy” headliners; WAMMA Heavyweight Champion and number one ranked heavyweight fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko, and his challenger, “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Josh Barnett who is the number two ranked heavyweight in the world.

Also speaking at the press conference were Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr., both who are helping with promotion, and Vice President of Affliction Entertainment Tom Atencio. Fighters Gegard Mousasi and Renato “Babalu” Sobral, who will be facing each other also spoke at the event, as did M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelstein, and M-1 Global CEO Joost Raimond.

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“Babalu” expected to face Mousasi at “Affliction: Trilogy”

PRO MMA (promma.info) was notified Monday morning from sources at M-1 Global that current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (32-8) is expected to face former DREAM Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi (25-2-1) at “Affliction: Trilogy” which will take place on August 1st at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.

Originally, a fight between former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort (18-8) and Mousasi had been in the works. However, disagreements between the two camps on what weight the fight would take place prevented the match up.

A formal announcement regarding the Sobral vs. Mousasi bout is expected to take place Wednesday June 3rd at the “Affliction: Trilogy” press conference at Trump Tower in New York City. Both Mousasi and Sobral’s name appear on the official “Trilogy” poster.

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Gegard Mousasi confirms rumor to fight Vitor Belfort at Affliction on August 1

Currently ranked number two middleweight in the world Gegard Mousasi improved his win streak to twelve by submitting PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt in the first round of DREAM.9’s “Super Hulk” tournament on Tuesday May 26th in Yokohama, Japan.

Mousasi’s strategy coming into the fight worked perfectly. “I didn’t want to trade with him,” he confirmed. “My gameplan was to force a takedown by punching.” Mousasi will advance to the semi-finals of the “Super Hulk” tournament where he will face either Ikuhisa Minowa, Hong Man Choi, or Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou who all walked away with victories on Tuesday.

In a post-fight interview Mousasi was asked to address rumors that he will be fighting former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Vitor Belfort for Affliction on August 1st. Mousasi confirmed the rumors as being true, “Yes, those [rumors] are true and I will be fighting Vitor Belfort.” There is no word yet on what weight class the fight will take place but speculation is it could be at light heavyweight as opposed to middleweight.

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DREAM.9 weigh-in results and photo gallery

DREAM.9 takes place Tuesday May 26th at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. The event will air live in the U.S. on HDNet beginning at 5:00 AM EST/2:00 AM PST. And because we here at PRO MMA (promma.info) are committed to bringing you the best coverage possible, we will be offering LIVE round-by-round updates throughout the event.

There are a total of ten fights scheduled for DREAM.9 including the second round (quarter-finals) of their Featherweight Grand Prix with such fighters as “Kid” Yamamoto, Joe Warren, Abel Cullum, and Hideo Tokoro taking part. There will be a DREAM Middleweight Championship fight between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and “Bully Beatdown” star, Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

Also on the card will be the first round of a “Super Hulk Tournament” featuring such names as Bob Sapp, Mark Hunt, Sokoudjou, Hong Man Choi, and uh… Jose Conseco and a special non-tournament feature bout between Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante (14-2-1), who is ranked number five in the world at lightweight and Tatsuya Kawajiri (23-5-2).

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Gegard Mousasi and Alistair Overeem win big for MMA in Japan

Many MMA journalists, especially Yahoo Sports’ Dave Meltzer, have chronicled the decline of MMA in Japan. 

Even before Pride was bought out by Zuffa, they experienced a significant drop in their television ratings.  Now the FEG backed Dream promotion has been having trouble drawing an audience as well. 

On top of that, news that native stars, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Satoshi Ishii might sign elsewhere forecasts a bleak future.  However, due to the results from New Year’s Eve, things might be looking up.

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