Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi hasn’t fought on American soil since losing his title by way of decision to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal seven months ago and, according to Mousasi himself, he will be taking a third bout in Japan before eventually returning to the States in early 2001.
The 25-year old, who won both of his DREAM-related match-ups in the interim, recently discussed his upcoming schedule with MMAJunkie and revealed not only will he be fighting on New Year’s Eve at K-1’s annual “Dynamite!!” event, but also expects to face Mike Kyle in in February at a yet-to-be-named Strikeforce event.
As far as his opponent on December 31st, Mousasi explained renowned kickboxer Jerome LeBanner as a legitimate possibility based on having been offered, and accepting, the potential match-up but also stated nothing had been confirmed yet. LeBanner has not fought in MMA since 2006 but is 3-1-1 professionally and won his final three bouts before focusing on his usual trade (where he has more than 75 wins).
Comparably, Mousasi is 4-0 as a kickboxer but 30-3-1 as a Mixed Martial Artist. His loss to Lawal is the only blemish on his record covering a span of more than four years and involving eighteen fights. The Dutch-Armenian holds notable wins over Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Melvin Manhoef, Bellator 185-pound champ Hector Lombard, and Strikeforce’s middleweight title-holder Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.