DREAM middleweight grand prix winner Gegard Mousasi could square off against former PRIDE and UFC fighter Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in a light heavyweight bout at DREAM 9 on May 26th in Japan.
“It’s possible, but we really haven’t talked about it with Dream yet,” Team Quest representative Heath Sims told Sherdog. “We’ve talked about fighting, but we’ve [also] talked about fighting other opponents. It’s a big fight and it’s a tough guy. Thierry’s really looking to re-build his career, so I’m not sure that’s a fight we really want to take at this point.”
Mousasi (27-2-1) hasn’t lost since 2006, racking off eleven straight wins over the span including four-straight victories over Denis Kang, Dong Sik Yoon, Melvin Manhoef, and Ronaldo Souza in 2008 to win the DREAM middleweight GP. He was last in action at K-1 Dynamite!! 2008 in December, defeating the favored Musashi via first-round knockout in the kickboxing bout. Mousasi tipped the scales at 216 pounds for the December matchup, and has expressed his desire in moving up from middleweight to light heavyweight and eventually heavyweight. Following the potential May bout, Mousasi is expected to fight at Affliction’s third event, which is rumored for July 11th.
The 24-year-old Sokoudjou (5-4) rose to fame with back-to-back first-round knockouts of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona in PRIDE, before signing with the UFC. After dropping his UFC debut to Lyoto Machida in late-2007, Sokoudjou rebounded to defeat Kazuhiro Nakamura via TKO last May. However, he’d next suffer a TKO loss to Luiz Arthur Cane at UFC 89 in October which resulted in his release from the promotion. He next signed with Affliction, debuting against Renato “Babalu” Sobral, but was submitted in the second round of the January bout.