Primarily a mixed martial arts fighter, Gegard Mousasi once again proved he can hang with the stars of kickboxing tonight at Dynamite!! 2010 by defeating K-1 heavyweight champion Kyotaro.
Kyotaro was fighting just weeks after a tough three round fight with Semmy Schilt at the K-1 World GP 2010, and in the first round his familiar elusive style was evident as Mousasi stalked him. It was fairly even stuff and difficult to choose between the two fighters at this stage.
The K-1 fighter changed things up in the second though, surprisingly going for a more direct approach. It proved to be a bad strategy however as Mousasi suddenly unleashed a textbook right hook that crashed into his jaw and sent him to the canvas.
Kyotaro got to his feet but his legs were still gone. Mousasi began to unleash punches and it looked only a matter of time before the KO punch arrived, but somehow the Japanese fighter hung on until the end of the round.
Despite still being on rubber legs as he retreated back to his corner, by the time the bell sounded for the final round he seemed to have recovered and put in a solid third round, appearing to edge out a now tiring Mousasi who no doubt was surprised that his opponent had even made it out of the previous round.
Still, despite Kyotaro’s resilience, the knockdown in the second was too much to rebound from and Mousasi claimed a unanimous decision victory.
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Mousasi’s stock will undoubtedly rise as a result of this victory which improves his kickboxing record to 5-0, to go alongside his equally impressive 30-3 (1nc) MMA record.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was ringside at the event and will certainly have been impressed with what he saw, and will no doubt be keen to have Mousasi back in the cage before long, and potentially fighting to reclaim the 205lb belt at some stage in 2011.