("Just out of curiosity, what’s up now, bitch?" Mousasi surveys the wreckage of the similarly-named Musashi in their K-1 match at Dynamite!! 2008.)
— Though he may still be making his U.S. debut for Affliction, Gegard Mousasi‘s next fight will be in Japan. FiveOuncesofPain reports that DREAM’s 2008 middleweight grand prix winner could return at DREAM 9 (May 23rd) to take on Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou; it would be Mousasi’s debut as a light-heavyweight, and his first MMA fight since last September. Sokoudjou currently carries a 5-4 record, and has dropped his last two matches to Luis Cane (at UFC 89) and Renato Sobral (at Affliction: Day of Reckoning). The African Assassin needs a break, but he probably won’t catch one here.
— A battle between two middleweight grapplers who flamed out of the UFC despite loads of talent has been booked as the main event of MFC 21 (May 13th; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). MFC prez Mark Pavelich announced yesterday that Travis Lutter vs. Dean Lister would headline the show, which will also feature David Heath, John Alessio, and Solomon Hutcherson. Lutter hasn’t competed since his loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 83 last April, while Lister made his most recent appearance at UFC 92 in December, where he dropped a unanimous decision to Yushin Okami.
— TUF 7 middleweight finalist CB Dollaway, who has scored first-round stoppages over Jesse Taylor and Mike Massenzio since losing to Amir Sadollah in the show’s finale last June, will fight next at UFC 100 (July 11th, Las Vegas) against TUF 8 light-heavyweight castmember Tom Lawlor, who will be making his first drop to 185 pounds. Lawlor most recently won a decision over Kyle Kingsbury at the TUF 8 finale in December.
— According to Dave Meltzer, Bobby Lashley (2-0) will get another chance to prove himself at XFC 8 (April 25th; Knoxville, TN), when he takes on Marcus Jones, a former NFL defensive tackle with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who has built up a 4-2 MMA record, with all his fights ending in the first round.