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Mousasi/Roger Gracie In Talks for April 9

ante_up812011-02-28 02:28:49 +0000 #1
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Gegard Mousasi vs. Roger Gracie In Talks for April 9 Strikeforce Card

Posted on February 25, 2011 by Damon Martin

While the April 9 Strikeforce fight card is still up in the air in many ways, fighters are being contacted about appearing on the show.

The latest fight in talks for the card pits former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi against multiple time grappling champion Roger Gracie.

While no bout agreements have been issued, sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that the fighters have at least verbally agreed to the match-up at this point.

Mousasi had been rumored to face Mike Kyle in a light heavyweight bout, but as of right now that fight has been taken off the table.

For his part, Mousasi would return to Strikeforce for the first time since losing the title to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal last April. Since that time, Mousasi won two fights in Dream and a K-1 rules match in Japan late last year.

Roger Gracie currently sports a perfect 4-0 record, recently picking up a win over Trevor Prangely at Strikeforce’s January show. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace has commented about keeping a more active MMA career in 2011, and this fight would certainly fit the bill.

The April 9 fight card has not been solidified as far as location or even if it will end up being a part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, as originally planned, but talks are ongoing to include lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez as well as welterweight champion Nick Diaz on the card


BulldogWrestler2011-02-28 02:40:49 +0000 #2
That's a good fight. A fight I would expect Mousasi to easily win - but a good fight nonetheless.
Ash2011-02-28 02:59:43 +0000 #3
Pretty big step up in competition for Roger.
Onion2011-02-28 03:37:59 +0000 #4
Apparently they haven't even booked a venue for this event yet. When Ariel asked Bob Cook about it, and if the GP would be postponed, he had no answer.
BulldogWrestler2011-02-28 02:50:03 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Onion

Apparently they haven't even booked a venue for this event yet. When Ariel asked Bob Cook about it, and if the GP would be postponed, he had no answer.

*stiffles a laugh*
LuckyD2011-02-28 04:22:58 +0000 #6
Oh, brilliant move here...

"Well, Roger's looked good in his last couple outings, and his MMA career is still in its infancy, sooo..... Let's put him against Mousasi!"

I think that if brought along correctly (which, to this point, Roger has been), Gracie can be a significant 205'er. However, Mousasi is about 5 levels above him in everything but Jiu-jitsu.

KO win by Gegard here if this fight goes through, and it could be an ugly one.

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