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Old 11-27-2008, 05:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mousasi and Kawajiri to fight K-1 rules on NYE (Not against each other)

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I am a bit confused about the fights added today, 2 of the biggest DREAM profiles are fighting K-1 rules...

It was announced earlier this week that Gegard Mousasi will participate in next years ADCC championships. Since that announcement was made, I figured he will be focusing on his grappling... Today it is announced that he will take on the Japanese star Musashi in a K-1 rules fight on NYE.

As if that wasnt enough... Kawajiri is also fighting K-1 rules... He is taking on Kozo Takeda.

This will be something that should draw a crowd, and Mousasi is a good kick-boxer... Either way, I am sure some fans will be disappointed also...

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Gegard Mousasi vs. Musashi
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kozo Takeda

Previously announced:
Kazushi Sakuraba 24-11-1 vs. 32-13-2 Kiyoshi Tamura
Joachim Hansen 19-7-1 vs. 14-2-1 "JZ" Gesias Cavalcante

K-1 Youth Tournament Semi-Final (Final held same night):
Hiroya vs. Shota Shimada
Tatsuya Kusakabe vs. Koya Urabe
Hmmm, bit strange. I'd rather see them (Kawajiri especially) in MMA rules.
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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With Mousasi rumoured to be fighting Belfort at Affliction, might be a reason for the K-1 fight.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Gegard Mousasi and Tatsuya Kawajiri to compete under K-1 rules

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DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi (24-2-1) and perennial lightweight contender Tatsuya Kawajiri (22-5-2) have been added to Fighting & Entertainment Group's New Year's Eve card Dynamite!! 2008.

The organization recently announced that both fighters will forego their normal styles in favor of a K-1 rules kickboxing match against seasoned professional kickboxers.

Dyanmite!! 2008 will take place Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Mousasi, the Armenian striker who went 6-0 in 2008 en route to capturing the DREAM middleweight grand prix and DREAM world middleweight title, will face Japanese K-1 veteran Musashi.

Musashi has competed in over 80 professional kickboxing bouts in his 13-year career. The 36-year-old karate practitioner was a two-time K-1 world grand prix finalist in 2003 and 2004.

With 19 knockouts in his 49 career wins, Musashi has faced the legends of K-1 throughout his career -- including Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Bob Sapp, Rick Roufus, Remy Bonjasky, Ray Sefo, Ray Mercer and Akebono, among others.

Kawajiri has just three mixed martial arts losses in the past five years. At 16-3 during that span, Kawajiri has faltered only to elite-level fighters Eddie Alvarez, Gilbert Melendez and Takanori Gomi. Kawajiri will face his Japanese countryman Kozo Takeda.

Takeda who will turn 36-years-old four days prior to the bout, has been kickboxing professionally for 13 years. The Muay Thai fighter has earned titles in Thailand as well his native Japan.

Further announcements regarding the event are expected in the near future. With the addition of these two bouts, Dynamite!! 2008 now includes:

MMA BOUTS

Gesias "JZ" Calvancante vs. Joachim Hansen
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Kiyoshi Tamura
K-1 KICKBOXING BOUTS

Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Kozo Takeda
Gegard Mousasi vs. Musashi
I dont really understand paying the contracts of two of your best fighters but then having them fight in non-mma matches If you are already paying them why not have them compete in meaningful matches? Mousasi vs Akiyama? Whatever. This card is starting to look like it may disappoint after being rumored to be amazing.
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Old 11-29-2008, 11:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm interested in the Mousasi fight actually. The only MW that I'd want to see him fight that DREAM has is Akiyama but that probably isn't going to happen anytime soon. I do wish Kawa was fighting MMA as the LW division is really strong.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mousasi might get wrecked by Musashi.

And I think the only reason they made this fight is because of the Mousasi (Pronounced Musashi in Japan)/Musashi name pronounciation thing.

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