Gegard Mousasi

Tokoro Wins DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix

Hideo Tokoro. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

Hideo Tokoro bested fellow submission specialist Masakazu Imanari via unanimous decision to win DREAM's inaugural bantamweight grand prix tournament at the organization's "Fight for Japan: Japan Grand Prix Final" event on Saturday at the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo, Japan.

A pair of title defenses also took place: Hiroyuki Takaya grinded out a hard-fought split decision win over former Olympic wrestler Kazuyuki Miyata and Gegard Mousasi took out challenger Hiroshi Izumi in quick and impressive fashion, scoring a first round stoppage of the Japanese judoka.

Another notable winners on the card included world-ranked lightweight Tatsuya Kawajiri, DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis and DREAM bantamweight grand prix third-place winner Kenji Osawa.

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Report: Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals Slated for September 10

Alistair Overeem. Photo courtesy of Showtime Sports.

The semifinal round of Strikeforce's heavyweight grand prix tournament will reportedly take place at a yet-to-be-named location on September 10.

A pair of matchups pitting Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva and Josh Barnett against Sergei Kharitonov are what remain of the eight-man field.

According to MMAJunkie.com, four other bouts are also rumored for the card, including a Strikeforce middleweight title defense between champion Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Luke Rockhold as well as the promotional debut of Maximo Blanco, who will face Josh Thomson.

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All Fighters on Weight for DREAM Japan GP Final

Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of DREAM.

All sixteen fighters scheduled to compete at DREAM's "Fight for Japan: Japan Grand Prix Final" event on Saturday successfully made weight yesterday afternoon.

Seasoned veteran Drew Fickett originally came in two pounds over the 154-lb limit for his fight against Tatsuya Kawajiri, but  shed the extra weight and hit the required mark a couple of hours later.

The eight-fight card, which will not air live in North America, features a pair of title fights - DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi taking on Hiroshi Izumi and featherweight title holder Hiroyuki Takaya returning to face Kazuyuki Miyata - as well as the bantamweight grand prix finals featuring submission specialists Masakazu Imanari and Hideo Tokoro.

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The Daily Recap: Strikeforce Suspensions and Payouts, Mousasi Training for Olympic Boxing & More


Robbie Lawler. Photo by Esther Lin/Strikeforce.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— The California State Athletic Commission released the official list of medical suspensions and fighter payouts on Monday. Nick Diaz had the highest salary, banking $150,000 for his win over Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, who received $20,000. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza ($85,000), Robbie Lawler ($65,000) and Roger Gracie ($75,000) all took home big paydays as well. In addition, Lawler could be out up to six months due to a fractured left foot. [MMA Weekly]

— DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has reportedly started the application process to be able to attempt to box at the 2012 Summer Olympic games in London, England. Mousasi would represent the country of Holland if he was to qualify. [MMAFA.tv]

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The Daily Recap: HDNet to Air “Fedor vs Silva” Prelims, Stevenson-Castillo & More


Fedor Emelianenko. Photo by Esther Lin/AllElbows.com.

The Daily Recap is a collection of news and notes from around the web that will be posted at the end of each day. Bout signings, injury news and much more can all be found here.

— HDNet today added the undercard of Strikeforce's "Fedor vs. Silva" event to their scheduled lineup for February 12. The event kicks off the organization's much-anticipated heavyweight grand prix tournament. Preliminary bouts shown by HDNet will feature Igor Gracie and Sam Oropeza among others. [MMA Junkie]

— A lightweight bout between "TUF 2" winner Joe Stevenson and WEC veteran Danny Castillo has been inked for UFC on Versus 3, which is slated for March 3 in Louisville, KY. It replaces a scheduled bout between Johny Hendricks and Paulo Thiago that was scrapped this week due to a Thiago injury. [MMA Mania]

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Quick Hits: Ortiz, Mousasi, and Lashley news

Tito Ortiz


Tito Ortiz out of TUF 11 and Liddell fight.

Last week, it was widely reported that something may have happened to Tito Ortiz causing his proposed fight with Chuck Liddell to be called off.  Rumor was that Rich Franklin would be stepping into his place.  Dana White vehemently denied the rumor, but more signs are pointing to that as being fact. 

Recent days have seen Twitter posts from both Tito and his girlfriend Jenna Jameson confirming that Ortiz was in the hospital, posting that it was that it was due to a severe case of the flu.  But another recent report on 5 Ounces of Pain suggests that Tito has stepped down due to disk herniations in his neck.  Seventeen months ago, Ortiz underwent back surgery on his lumbar (low back) spine to fix herniations there.

Dream’s May card shaping up nicely

Dream’s May 30 show is set to launch the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.  It will feature returning Middleweight Grand Prix winner, Gegard Mousasi, pending the outcome physically from his April 17 matchup in Strikeforce with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.  Recently signed to compete in the tourney are two fighters whom Mousasi has defeated in Strikeforce, Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou. 

Also slated to make his return to the Dream ring is Marius Zaromskis, who last saw action in Strikeforce, suffering a TKO defeat at the hands of Nick Diaz. 

Lashley on Strikeforce’s April card

Bobby Lashley, now training full-time in MMA, has been added to Strikeforce’s April 17th card on CBS.  Strikeforce’s Scott Coker confirmed the news with MMAWeekly but declined to name an opponent pending athletic commission approval.  With three title fights headlining the card, the fight is expected to be the swing bout that may or may not make the airwaves pending time available.

Quote of the Day: Mousasi Preparing for Strikeforce Return in November


Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group.

“In November my second fight for Strikeforce will take place but my opponent is not been determined. I heard some rumors like Kevin Randleman, Paulo Filho and Mike Whitehead. Whitehead would be the most logical pick because he recently won against Randleman. I’ve also heard a rumor that Arona is fighting again and it would be great if Strikeforce can pick him up. We can use a new light heavyweight fighter.”

— Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi tells M-1 Global.com that he will return to the organization for a possible title defense at Strikeforce’s “Fedor vs. Rogers” event on November 7.

Mousasi Withdraws From DREAM “Super Hulk” Tournament


Gegard Mousasi. Photo courtesy of Fighting and Entertainment Group

Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi has pulled out of his upcoming bout with Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in the semifinals of the Super Hulk tournament at DREAM 11. No replacement has been announced at this time.

According to MMAWeekly.com, Mousasi may have suffered a shoulder injury last month while taking part in a grappling exhibition with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at M-1: Breakthrough.

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Lawal, Kerr on Weight for M-1 Breakthrough


Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Mark Kerr. Photo courtesy of M-1 Global.

The official weigh-in results for tonight’s M-1 Breakthrough event, the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, are below. All fighters made weight with the exception of Ferrid Kheder, who came in four pounds over the lightweight limit and will be docked 10% of his purse.

In addition, heavyweight Rogent Lloret will be permitted to weigh-in later today due to visa issues and a women’s bout between Andria Caplan and Mollie Ahlers-Estes will now be fought at a catch-weight of 155 lbs and has subsequently been switched from a professional fight to an amateur bout.

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M-1 Global Announces Complete Fight Card for “Breakthrough” on Aug 28


Muhammed “King” Mo Lawal. Image courtesy of AllElbows.com.

M-1 Global has released the finalized card for its “Breakthrough” event, which will be held at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, August 28. The six-fight main card will be televised live on HDNet in the United States and through Internet PPV internationally.

Standout wrestler and fast-rising heavyweight prospect Muhammed “King” Mo Lawal will headline the show against former UFC and PRIDE standout Mark Kerr. A special sparring exhibition between longtime heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko and training partner Gegard Mousasi will also take place.

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