Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi could have a busy few months ahead of him if his current plan comes together.
First up is an unexpected but potentially exciting fight with K-1 star Jerome Le Banner at the end of year Dynamite!! 2010 show in Japan.
“I don’t know if I’m fighting him yet,” Mousasi tells MMAJunkie. “They haven’t confirmed. They asked me, and I said yes, so now if he said yes, the fight is on.”
According to Mousasi the fight would be under MMA rules. Addition to his 76-19-1 (1nc) kickboxing career Le Banner also has an MMA record of 3-1-1, with his last three fights being victories.
The catch is that the 37 year old hasn’t competed in mixed martial arts competition since 2006. He still fights regularly in K-1 though, and competed in the quarter finals of the World GP 2010 in October, controversially abandoning his fight in protest after the judges decided on a fourth round.
Le Banner is a big heavyweight, but the much lighter Mousasi revels in the competition and is not unduly concerned about it.
“He’s big and strong, so it’s a challenge for me to get him down. I know that once I can get him down, I can win. But that’s the challenge.”
Whether that fight goes ahead or not Mousasi then expects to have his first fight in Strikeforce since losing his title to King Mo.
“I’m fighting Mike Kyle in Strikeforce. February – that’s what I heard.”
Aside from a defeat to Fabricio Werdum last year Kyle hasn’t lost in two and a half years fighting for a variety of promotions, and actually holds a June 2009 win over current champion Rafael Cavalcante in Strikeforce.
Mousasi says his goal is to reclaim the light-heavyweight belt, but he’s also still considering moving up to heavyweight in the future as well. Either way he’s a valuable asset to Strikeforce and they will hopefully make good use of him in the coming year.