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Gegard Mousasi Could Defend Title Against Sokoudjou or Filho at ‘Fedor vs. Rogers’


("I came here to catch dreams and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum." Photo courtesy of URdirt.com.)

According to a new post on M-1global.com, Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has confirmed that he will be participating in a title fight at the upcoming "Fedor vs. Rogers" event on November 7th:

At this time an opponent has not been officially named, however speculation is surrounding two possible opponents. One would be Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, the Team Quest light heavyweight who recently defeated Bob Sapp in easy fashion in the semi-finals of the DREAM Super Hulk tournament, a fight that Mousasi withdrew from due to a shoulder injury. While a fight against Sokoudjou would give the two fighters the chance to finally meet, the other name being talked about would be an opportunity to settle a grudge…

Yes, they’re referring to steroid-using donkey-man Paulo Filho, who was recently engaged in a war of words with Mousasi. We’re hoping that Filho is booked for this fight, because while Sokoudjou has been kicking ass in the highly competitive Super Hulk division, he hasn’t beaten a top-level light-heavyweight in two-and-a-half years. (As you might recall, Sokoudjou’s last fight at 205 pounds ended in him getting choked out by Strikeforce’s previous LHW champion, Renato Sobral.) At least Filho poses a threat on the ground, even if he’d probably get the snot knocked out of him in the standup exchanges. The Reward Hunter most recently took a light-heavyweight tune-up match at last month’s Bitetti Combat event, where he won a decision over TUF 1 vet Alex Schoenauer. In other Strikeforce news…


— There’s an outside chance that Fabricio Werdum could face Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on the 11/7 card. It would be Silva’s first fight in the U.S. since last July.

— Showtime’s Ken Hershman is pissed off at Nick Diaz; still, a fight between the Stockton Smokestack and Jay Hieron is possible for December.

— Fresh off a knockout victory over Sarah Oriza at a CageSport MMA event on Saturday, Miesha Tate is also looking to make her Strikeforce return in December.

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rpn452- October 9, 2009 at 8:19 am
I don't think he was a joke in the UFC, just not a success.

I understand what you're saying though. I thought you had something against Sokoudjou and were just fighter bashing, and I apologize. You're right that Sokoudjou logically shouldn't fight for a title that Babalu just lost, considering Sokoudjou's last LHW fight was a loss to Babalu. But he is coming off those two wins in Dream. Not great wins, but at least they're wins.

Unfortunately for Strikeforce, there are no better LHWs not signed to the UFC than Sokoudjou (or maybe Arona), and I think Sokoudjou-Mousasi is an interesting fight that would help solidify Mousasi as a top LHW. Mousasi would be the obvious favorite, but it's a competitive fight. Sure, Sokoudjou doesn't deserve to be UFC champ, but Strikeforce is still well below the UFC in most divisions and Sokoudjou wouldn't look out of place as champion of that organization.
Dochin- October 8, 2009 at 9:51 am
So you think he deserves a title shot? By what stretch of the imagination does this dude qualify to have a chance to be a champion?
Who did he beat while he was in the ufc? I mean your wins are what raises you up the ladder to get the shot. He was ajoke in the UFC, that's why he he was let go.
I mean he is a good fighter, don't get me wrong, but to suggest that he is the number one contender to Mousasi is retarded.
rpn452- October 8, 2009 at 7:18 am
Damn, Dochin, your grandma is badass. Can she take out Nogueira and Arona too or are those guys just bad matchups for her?

This place needs an ignore list.
Dochin- October 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm
@Bob Reilly. No Ric Flair's chest is deflated and saggy therefore it does not make sense for him to partake in such an event as a pectoral competition.
Much like Sokoudjou, although he may be better than you or I, is one of the most uneventful fighters in mma. he couldn't beat my grandma's ass in the UFC. The only time he made headlines was when he punched a guy after the fight was being stopped in Japan.
raspberrymight- October 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm
sweet jesus, duke nukem never says bubblegum for a second time, he only refers to it as "gum"

"It's time to kick ass and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of gum"

stick to mma news rather than obscure classic game references
Bob Reilly- October 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm
I don't get that Dochin...... Please explain. Does that mean he's too good?
for the love of mma- October 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm
mousasi wins by snatching everyones dream!!!
Dochin- October 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Sokoudjou getting a title shot is like Ric Flair entering a pec contest.
Smitty- October 7, 2009 at 3:19 pm
Fedor and Rogers are still fighting????........
jimbonics- October 7, 2009 at 2:56 pm
excellent photo caption.
Da Spied Her- October 7, 2009 at 1:53 pm
What's the over/under on Pezao being able to fight in the US? I wanna get some of that action!
agentsmith- October 7, 2009 at 1:26 pm
I can't decide which one he would crush faster, Phil-Ho or Socouldyou... maybe he should fight them both back-to-back. Then they could take volunteers from the audience or something.
imakeutap- October 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm
cant wait to see miesha in action, hey cp, there is a gif of miesha's ass shakin while she is wrestling, during one of her elitexc fights, you need to see that gif, post that shit

anyone see that gif?
parchy mcthirst- October 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm
I've got balls of steel
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