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Fight Booking News: Mousasi/Sokoudjou, Lutter/Lister + More


("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.

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Davey D- March 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm
I think that the fight between Lashley and Jones could be a good one. Both those guy's are Monsters. As they say, everybody loves a Heavyweight fight. I'm not sure who is going to win because I haven't actually seen either fight (only read their news over time) but I'll predict that someone will get KTFO.

Mousasi coming into the UFC is going to take a while what with him being signed Dream, Affliction and whoever else. I would like to see it happen though. That KO against Jacare was pretty damn swift. In the UFC, he would most likely will start out as a Middleweight but we'll just have to wait and see.

I have to go with Dean Lister over Lutter due to his vast grappling exprience. It should be a doozy for those who like a good ground game match-up.

Cheers!!!
Niggajitsu- March 27, 2009 at 2:22 pm
People hate C.B. becasue it is obvious that the UFC is trying to make a star out of this kid and he isn't that good. He is an under card fighter and will be for a long time but the UFC keeps putting him on the main cards trying to promote him. I don't know about you guys but I have noticed when he fights everyone at the bars are always rooting for whoever he is fighting and not him. He just doesnt have any star power.
Weirdly Gruesome- March 27, 2009 at 12:59 pm
Lutter-Lister?? Really?? That match just screams "shit break!"
Mad Mike is an Idiot- March 27, 2009 at 11:57 am
Ironic isn't it...the guy who makes fun of someone for being an idiot turns out to be an idiot himself...oh well. Thanks for the correction.
Anonymous- March 27, 2009 at 10:48 am
@ mad mike

actually kyle kingsbury was the 'special sauce' chef on tuf. but i like the rest of that post, very well put together insult.
chessfighter- March 27, 2009 at 10:36 am
Mousasi shouldn't go to the UFC, the UFC should go to Mousasi.
Juan Blanco- March 27, 2009 at 10:20 am
Anonymous is a chickensh!t Fedor fan.
Mad Mike is an Idiot- March 27, 2009 at 9:49 am
Occasionally people have the same last name...it happens...I would get confused at a guy named Robbie Lawler and a guy named Tom Lawlor. I mean, at least the spelling is the same...wait, no, it was spelled differently too. Maybe we need to not be so stupid when we post.

BTW, Robbie Lawler is under contract to Strikeforce. Tom Lawlor is the guy who added his special sauce to some sushi.

AngryD- March 27, 2009 at 9:26 am
Mousasi is going to destroy soko, I am bummed that he decided to go up to light heavy but the dude is a badass. Hopefully when affliction goes under the ufc will pick him up.
MAD MIKE- March 27, 2009 at 9:24 am
LAWLER IS UNDER CONTRACT WITH STIKEFORCE ISN'T HE?
Imbecile- March 27, 2009 at 9:14 am
Why does everyone hate CB Dollaway so much? I'm not in love with the guy, but he doesn't seem that bad.
Bill C.- March 27, 2009 at 9:03 am
I guarantee Dollaway-Lawler will be on the main card of UFC 100. I am so sick of seeing C.B. anywhere on a UFC card. He's got a bad attitude, and his face reminds me of Butthead from 'Beavis and Butthead.'
Michael W.- March 27, 2009 at 8:58 am
Lutter v. Lister has the potential to be a 15-minute version of a god damn osh kosh bgosh commercial. Two people no one cares about, rolling around on the ground, not accomplishing much of anything, but they want you to buy their pants.
KingAL- March 27, 2009 at 8:56 am
HAL is that you?
Anonymous- March 27, 2009 at 8:50 am
JUAN BLANCO IS A FUCKING IDIOT. WHY DONT YOU GO BACK TO MEXICO?
Imbecile- March 27, 2009 at 8:40 am
I think Mousasi will beat Sokoudjou, but I really don't think he should move up to 205. He isn't that large of a MW, and he should try finish off all the 185'ers outside of the UFC, and then move to the UFC. He should be fighting some of the Strikeforce middleweights; guys like Lawler, Cung Le, Frank Shamrock, or even Jake Shields.

I also think Sokoudjou has a ton of talent, but he needs a new camp. As good as Dan Henderson is, I don't think he is an exceptional coach. I think Sok would benefit from training outside of Team Quest.
KingAL- March 27, 2009 at 8:33 am
Don't mention Junie. Seriously, HAL might show up and start cappin fools again.
UFCINCALGARYALBERTACANADA- March 27, 2009 at 8:29 am
Hey Cage Potato,

Thanks for putting the Alberta, Canada to discribe Edmonton. We in Canada, would hate for the rest of Junnie Browning's family members that read this site wonder where he will be fighting in a couple of months. At least they have a chance to google it now.
The Juice- March 27, 2009 at 8:27 am
This has most likely been said before, but Sokoudjou looks a lot like a Predator.
MFC Sucks- March 27, 2009 at 7:56 am
Man, the fucking MFC sucks dick. It's a shitty-ass company that has an asshole for a president. Mark Pavelich is a fucking dick. He makes Dana White look like Mother Theresa. He doesn't give a shit about his fighters and pays them crap. If I was a fighter who used to fight for the UFC and had to restart my career at a shitty low-end company like the MFC, I would just throw in the towel. It makes me sad that Lutter and Lister are competing for them. I would rather watch Bob Sapp dribble a basketball in a low-budget movie instead of watching that trainwreck of a promotion. Honestly, MFC sucks. Ask that Ford guy.
Juan Blanco- March 27, 2009 at 7:46 am
Mousasi needs to stick to fighting UFC rejects. They all run back overseas after getting owned in the UFC. Fedor is a chickensh!t because he knows the same would happen to him!
Jugger- March 27, 2009 at 7:45 am
@Bringdown,

The only way Lister and Lutter could "roll around the entire fight" is if they both somehow managed to come into the fight in shape.

This fight will be a funny to watch. "It's the moment we've all been waiting for! Who will run out of gas first?"
Captain Bringdown- March 27, 2009 at 7:42 am
Lutter/Lister might be interesting if they dont cancel one another out and roll around the entire fight.

I want to see Gegard Mousasi in the UFC.
Dana White is a HOMO- March 27, 2009 at 7:37 am
Does that meat his two losses ended in the 1st round too?
Jeffro- March 27, 2009 at 7:33 am
"will all his fights ending in the first round." What does that mean?
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