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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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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PRO MMA exclusive interview: Stephen Quadros

Immediately following the end of Affliction: Day of Reckoning’s main event, PRO MMA (promma.info) caught up with Stephen Quadros. “The Fight Professor” is very familiar with the careers of most of the fighters on the ‘Day of Reckoning’ card and gave us his thoughts on a slew of topics.

Fedor Emelianenko, Vitor Belfort, Affliction and pound-for-pound rankings were all points that the former PRIDE FC play-by-play man and expert MMA analyst discussed.

PRO MMA: Stephen did this event live up to the hype?
QUADROS: I think so and I was a little worried about the ticket sales but it was like 12,000 strong. It was a really good crowd and the fights delivered. We got some unpredictable things like Matt Lindland going freeze-dried from a Belfort left hand that kind of shocked me. Emelianenko, doing what I call the ‘fly swat punch’ when Arlovski decided out of the blue to fly through the air Gilbert Yvel style and he got caught and went down. It was like a triple thud getting hit with the punch and hitting the floor directly after that. I thought it was a spectacular event, actually. Including the undercard fights. Some of these guys, that are unknown fighters on this under card, I was really surprised with.

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve results

The New Year’s Eve DYNAMITE!! event has come and gone in Saitama, Japan. We have posted the fight videos from this event HERE. There were some incredible fights with some big upsets.

Melvin Manhoef knocked out Mark Hunt in the first round with a big right hook. Shinya Aoki submitted Eddie Alvarez by heel hook in round 1 (just as I predicted) to win the WAMMA lightweight title.

Badr Hari received payback for illegally kicking his last opponent in the head after the ref had stopped the action by receiving a first round knockout from Alistair Overeem. Bob Sapp even defeated a cartoon. Here are the full results:

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K-1 FieLDS DYNAMITE!! 2008 New Year’s Eve (videos)

K-1 Dynamite!! Intro:

Many more DYNAMITE!! videos for your viewing pleasure…

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Melvin Manhoef replaces Jerome Le Banner at K-1 Dynamite!!

Dream’s official website is reporting that K-1 veteran, Jerome Le Banner is pulling out of his scheduled match up with Mark Hunt due to the flu. Stepping into the MMA rules fight will be middleweight, Melvin Manhoef.

Manhoef last donned his MMA gloves as a participant in Dream’s Middleweight Grand Prix back in September. After violently dispatching Pride veteran and Japanese fan favorite, Kazushi Sakuraba, he was defeated via triangle choke by the eventual champion, Gegard Mousasi.

After his defeat, rumors circulated that the Dutch muay thai fighter had retired. German website groundandpound.de reported that Manhoef was retiring to spend more time with his family. This will be his first fight since the announcement. The former Cage Rage light heavyweight champion, who normally competes at middleweight, will be at a tremendous size disadvantage when he takes on Hunt.

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