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Gegard Mousasi vs. Gary Goodridge completes New Years Eve “Dynamite!! 2009”

dynamite_2009_posterA heavyweight bout that probably shouldn’t even be allowed to take place between Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Gary Goodridge has been booked for the DREAM and Sengoku promoted New Years Eve event, “Dynamite!! 2009“.

Mousasi has won his last fourteen straight while Goodridge has not seen a single victory in his previous ten bouts, and furthermore has gone 2-12-1 in his last fifteen.

Also on the card will be a bout first reported by between Dutch knockout sensation Melvin Manhoef and top rated middleweight Kazuo Misaki.

Featuring a main event that only the locals and a few people that train in Judo can get excited for, fellow Olympic Judokas Satoshi Ishii and Hidehiko Yoshida will throw down, quite literally.

A full list of the bouts expected for “Dynamite!! 2009” are listed below:

Melvin Manhoef vs. Kazuo Misaki (MMA)

Norofumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs. Masanori Kanehara (MMA)

Alistair Overeem vs. Kazuyuki Fujita (MMA)

Shinya Aoki vs. Mizuto Hirota (MMA)

Masato vs. Andy Souwer (K-1)

Satoshi Ishii vs. Hidehiko Yoshida (MMA)

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kazunori Yokota (MMA)

Akihiro Gono vs. Hayato “Mach” Sakurai (MMA)

Hiroshi Izumi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (MMA)

Jong Man Kim vs. Hideo Tokoro (MMA)

Gegard Mousasi vs. Gary Goodridge (MMA)

Michihiro Omigawa vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (MMA)

Yosuke Nishijima vs. Ray Sefo (K-1)

Ikuhisa Minowa vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (MMA/”Super Hulk” finale)

Hiroya vs. Masaaki Noiri (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)

Katsuki Ishida vs. Shota Shimada (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal)

Hiroya/Noiri winner vs. Ishida/Shimada winner (K-1 KOSHIEN final)

Tsukasa Fuji vs. Ryuya Kusakabe (K-1 KOSHIEN semifinal reserve)

  • Nick Havok says:

    I have heard from everywhere that Mousasi vs. Goodridge was suppose to take place under K-1 rules. Gegard had previously requested an MMA fight for Dynamite!!, but at the last minute the Japanese officials approached him about a kickboxing fight with Goodridge.

    Mousasi obviously accepted.

    So has this been switched to MMA rules at the last moment?

  • Kuch says:

    How many times has Gary Goodridge retired? He was an okay gatekeeper during the days of the early Pride events, but he’s starting to eclipse Ken Shamrock in the “Fighters Who Fought Way Past Their Prime” category. Nothing good can come from this matchup.

  • Nick Havok says:

    Kuch: Nothing good can come from this matchup.

    You are correct in that we will probably not see a great back-n-forth MMA fight…but rather a squash match.

    But the thing that piques my interest is the fact that Mousasi is a light heavyweight fighter who will be taking on a much bigger heavyweight.

    Call it a freak show or whatever…but in the spirit of Japanese fighting, it’s always cool to see a skilled fighter step up and take on a much larger opponent.

    At least to me it is.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    I know Goodridge hits hard and is a legit large HW, but Mousasi has shown in his win ove Hunt that he can handle a larger fighter. I think it would definatly be more interesting if this were a K-1 style match as Mousasi would not have the advantage that he holds in a mma match. Anyway I am looking forward to this fight and the whole card.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I can’t imagine what it takes to put together a card of this size…

  • Nick Havok says:

    I think Mousasi-Goodridge is going to be an MMA fight. Here is the quote I had read from Apy Echteld that I believe I misinterpeted….

    “We’ve been working on a (New Year’s Eve) fight for [Mousasi] for a long time,” Echteld said. “From our side, we didn’t believe it (was going to happen), so we went to a boxing fight on Jan. 8. Two days ago, the Japanese gave me a call and asked me if he could fight. Then they come up with a kickboxing match, and they came up with some other things. Finally, we accepted Gary Goodridge as an opponent to fight.

    “Kickboxing is what they proposed to do, and we asked for it to be an MMA fight.”

  • shocbomb says:

    Total joke and waste of a fight in two ways. We all know it will take about 45 seconds if that before Gary gets Ko’ed or Subbed. The 2 ways this fight is a a waste first and formost the most obvious is FEG could of gave a way way better opponent to Mousasi to fight then Goodridge. A few names that come to mind that a free are Ricardo Arona, Jeff Monson, Paulo Filho, etc And 2nd a way better match up all together could of been put in this fights spot. Just look at all the great LW fighters not fighting at Dynamite on bolth Dream and Sengokus roster how about lets say Joachim hansen vs Satoru Kitaoka or Mitsuhiro Ishida vs Eiji Mitsuoka or Eddie Alvarez vs Jorge Masvidal the fight we all wanted to see in the Bellator final. Shit a mix of any of those LW’s fighitng one another would of done justice. Its just a total waste of a opponent and a fight for Dynamite buy FEG/Dream. Same thing with Overeems opponent Fujita, I would of liked to see Tim Sylvia, Arlovski, in that spot instead of Fujita. Horrible horrible match making for those 2 fights.


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