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Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle Added to March 3 ‘Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey’ Card

A light heavyweight tilt between former Strikeforce 205-pound kingpin Gegard Mousasi and controversial American Kickboxing Academy fighter Mike Kyle has been added to Strikeforce’s March 3 “Tate vs. Rousey” event in Columbus, Ohio.

Kyle revealed the news today via Twitter.

Mousasi, who is undefeated in his past five bouts, including a draw to Keith Jardine last April, has not faltered since losing the Strikeforce strap to Muhammed Lawal back in April, 2010. Recently, the Armenian-born fighter who is the current DREAM light heavyweight champion revealed last year that he may try out for the Dutch Olympic boxing team in February and if all goes well he will compete at the Olympics this summer.

First he will have to prove his pugilistic skills against Kyle, a knockout artist in his own right who racked up 12 of his 19 wins by knockout.

MAK has competed as a moneyweight fighter the past few years with various levels of success, including a surprise KO of future Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante in June 2009. Since then he hasn’t fought the same level of competition, except for Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who knocked him out at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II in December 2010. In his only fight since, he defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima by unanimous decision at Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov in September.

The card will be headlined by a women’s bantamweight championship bout between challenger Ronda Rousey and champion Miesha Tate. Also on tap are a welterweight bout between Paul Daley and Kazuo Misaki as well as lightweights Josh Thomson and KJ Noons.

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey
March 3, 2012
Nationwide Arena
Columbus, Ohio

Main card (Showtime)

Women’s Bantamweight Championship Bout
Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey

Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle
Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki
K.J. Noons vs. Josh Thomson
Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis
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Undercard

Caros Fodor vs. Pat Healy
Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun

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Mofo- January 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm
Bootystar - wait, what the hell is going on? Were you being serious in that comment? Or tongue in cheek? Fascinating shit but I have no idea if you're high on crack or not! BTW esoteric and vague are not the same thing.
Todd M- January 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm
^ Yep same date, but the UFC on FX is here in Australia at midday on the Saturday so it will air in Friday night in the US. I also think this is a good card and I am looking forward to every fight. I love Noons' boxing, It took me a while to come around on him because I am a big Diaz fan but he always puts on a good scrap. Daley vs Misaki could be epic too but I'm not sure how much 'Hitman' Misaki has left in him, he hasn't been very active of late. Mousasi should hopefully pull the win over Kyle I think he is more well rounded and I don't think Kyle will land that big bomb on him. Top it off with the sexiest MMA match of all time and you've got some pretty good viewing right there, Rousey by amputation Round 1.
MMA Mafia- January 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm
Is that the right date, March 3rd? Isn't UFC on Fox2 the same day?????
bootystar- January 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm
bootystar, to go where no man has gone before, the star trek
bootystar- January 23, 2012 at 8:08 pm
Muchacho sent me into the spirit world, lol. Nah, gegard is a fave of mine. to Pen Fifteen, it's esoteric language like Jesus spoke, here's an example, enter in at the narrow gate for wide is the gate to destruction. meaning get saved, but also stay away from hookers & look for a virgin. also, anyone who looks back while plowing is not fit for the kingdom of god. meaning don't got back & sin again & also, no anal sex. plus what you use will be given back to you pressed down shaken & poured in your lap, meaning, life comes from the vagina which is the bloody mary wine cup. poured in your lap, blessing,
Pen Fifteen- January 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Has anyone sent in enough box tops yet to get their bootystar decoder ring?
BlueDaBaDee- January 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm
I hope Mousasi sends him to the spirit world.
AndyInflammatory- January 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm
Fuck yeah Josh Thomson.
bootystar- January 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm
funny tattoo, "in god we trust" if he has a dime I know which god he worships. seriously dude, not as if cattle don't cast off their young when the days are full of stress
XENOPHON- January 23, 2012 at 5:18 pm
Its a easy fight for Mike Pyle.
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@ macreadysshack - nope, hari is not going to ever fight MMA. Sorry Charlie. Boxing maybe, MMA no way.
HandsofGold- January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm
@Mofo

I will agree with you as far as it being as good as it gets for SF at this time, but I don't see this being a great card. Not even close
Mofo- January 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm
Fuck that, this is a great card. That's as good as it gets in SF right now. (Yes that's a qualifier...) Mousasi is the shit, Rousey is the shit, Daley and Noons will show some excellent striking. Good card all around.
macreadysshack- January 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Hari got pwned in MMA. Unless he's been hiding out and grappling for the last two years . . . wait, has he?
HEY- January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm
lol That gif! XD
intercept440- January 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm
@skeletor.
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rather see badr hari in the ufc than mousaosisui but yeah they should kill SF and just bring them all over , and when they lose 3 times in a row send them to bellator
amsterdamheavy- January 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Meh, who cares.
HandsofGold- January 23, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Watching a John Fitch fight is more exciting this this wack ass card...
skeletor- January 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm
Mousasi needs to be in the UFC.
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