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Potential Slugfest Alert: Mousasi vs. Le Banner in the Works for K-1 Dynamite! NYE Show

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MMAJunkie is reporting that a heavyweight tilt between K-1 star Jerome LeBanner and DREAM light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi could be added to the K-1 Dynamite New Year’s Eve show December 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Mousasi says he has verbally agreed to the bout and is awaiting a contract to make the fight official.

"I don’t know if I’m fighting him yet," Mousasi said of Le Banner. "They haven’t confirmed. They asked me, and I said yes, so now if he said yes, the fight is on."

Although some question whether or not at 3-1 (1 NC) in MMA if LeBanner is experienced enough to pose a challenge for Mousasi, "The Dream Catcher" says he feels he will, especially standing.

"If I fight Jerome LeBanner in the U.S., [he] wouldn’t be considered a good MMA fighter," Mousasi said. "But in Europe because he’s a popular K-1 fighter, it’s fighting a big fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s MMA or K-1, so it’s good for me (and) my name in Europe if I could beat him. And he’s big and strong, so it’s a challenge for me to get him down. I know that once I can get him down, I can win. But that’s the challenge."

The fight will be only Mousasi’s second as a heavyweight. He defeated aging MMA veteran Gary Goodridge at last year’s year-end Dynamite! show.

He is currently walking around at 223 pounds and says he likely won’t go into the fight with his 260-pound opponent much bigger than he is now.

"It’s too short a time to put a lot of weight on, so maybe two or three kilos more, but that’s it," said Mousasi, who heard Satoshi Ishii also could be a potential opponent for the year-end DREAM event. "But I don’t consider weight to be that big of a deal. As long as my technique is better, it will make up for his strength."

As far as his next Strikeforce opponent, Mousasi revealed that Mike Kyle may be on tap for him in the New Year.

Check out some Lebanner and Mousasi highlights after the jump.

(Video courtesy YouTube/vietmtwarrior)

(Video courtesy YouTube/Iowcatalyst2)

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Cup Cheick- November 18, 2010 at 4:15 pm
That must be where they stuffed Brock Lesnars intestines.
TheYert- November 18, 2010 at 2:34 pm
When did they let Quazimodo out of the bell tower?
itsgalf- November 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm
I imagine it'll probably be a lot like when Gegard fought Melvin Manhoef. Mousasi didn't want anything to do with Melvin's stand up so he just took him down and submitted him with ease.
porkchop- November 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm
I love Babalu, but goddamn does he make alot of other people's highlight reels.
RwilsonR- November 18, 2010 at 12:35 pm
If it is an MMA fight, easy win for Mousasi.
Fried Taco- November 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm
That's what happens when you go to Chael Sonnen's doctor.
RSparrow- November 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Axe Murderer, Dream Catcher, whatever...
El Guapo- November 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm
Mr. Bean vs Frankenstein... One night only, ONE NIGHT ONLY! Tickets go on sale Monday, MONDAY!! Be there, or diiiiiiiiiie.
Sakuraba3900- November 18, 2010 at 11:59 am