Report: Gegard Mousasi to 205 pounds for DREAM.9 bout with Sokoudjou
by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Mar 27, 2009 at 9:30 am ET
DREAM middleweight champion and 2008 middleweight grand prix winner Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) will step up to 205 pounds in his next bout according to a report from FiveOuncesOfPain.com
Mousasi will meet UFC, PRIDE and Affliction veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (5-4) at DREAM.9 according to the report.
While DREAM.9 has not yet been officially announced, a recent listing of the event on the Tokyo Broadcasting System's official website
suggests the event will take place on May 26.
Mousasi hasn't competed since his September 2008 victories over Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza and Melvin Manhoef en route to winning the DREAM titles. In the weeks following the win, Mousasi announced his intentions to move to 205 pounds
as well as his desire to pursue a professional boxing career.
The Armenian striker is currently riding an 11-fight win streak and has earned 14 of his 24 career wins by knockout or TKO.
Sokoudjou would be making his DREAM debut as well as his first appearance in Japan since back-to-back knockout wins over Ricardo Arona and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira first brought the 24-year-old to prominence. "The African Assassin" has since gone just 1-3, including a January submission loss to Renato "Babalu" Sobral.
U.S. broadcast plans for the event have not yet been announced, though DREAM.7 aired on HDNet via tape delay. The network plans on doing the same with April's DREAM.8.
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