Roger Gracie in talks to fight Gegard Mousasi at April 9th eventPosted on February 25, 2011, 02:45 AM by Daniel Cassidy
News broke today that Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi is expected to make his long awaited return to the cage Stateside on April 9th, most likely against Multi time grappling Champion Roger Gracie.
While no official announcements have been made regarding the event, it is rumoured that the planned Heavyweight tournament bouts will be postponed until after the event, and Strikeforce are currently in talks to fill the currently vacant card. With no fighter having yet put pen to paper, it is believed a verbal agreement has been reached with the two parties. Gilbert Melendez is currently in talks to face Tatsuya Kawajiri with "El Nino's" Lightweight title on the line. Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz too is in talks to defend his belt, potentially against hard Hitting Brit Paul Daley, should he beat Yuya Shirai at this weekend's BAMMA 5 event.
Since suffering his first loss in 5 years to "King" Mo Lawal in his last Strikeforce appearance, Gegard Mousasi has fought twice under the DREAM banner, winning both bouts against Jake O'Brien and Tatsuya Mizuno on the same night to capture the first ever DREAM Light Heavyweight title. The former Strikeforce Champ also currently holds the DREAM Middleweight title. Mousasi had been rumoured to be fighting Mike Kyle upon his return, but it seems Strikeforce have abandoned their original idea.
For the currently undefeated Roger Gracie, Mousasi will easily be his toughest test to date. Arguably the best grappler in the world and hailing from the prestigious Gracie family, he recently won his fourth pro fight against Trevor Prangley at Strikeforce: Diaz vs Cyborg. His first bout for the California promotion saw him defeat Kevin Randleman, his third win via Rear naked choke. All four of the ADCC Champion's MMA wins have come via submission.
Source: MMA Weekly