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A Look at Mousasi v. Kyotaro

  • Published in K-1

Kyotaro at the Dynamite Press ConferenceIn the recent batch of Dynamite!! 2010 fight announcements was a fight worth a closer look.  Under K-1 rules, it will be K-1 Heavyweight champion Kyotaro v. Dream LHW champion Gegard Mousasi.  This is one of only two kickboxing fights currently scheduled for Dynamite!!, and although Mousasi is primarily an MMA fighter, this is a very intriguing fight.

The backstory of this fight largely stems from Dynamite!! 2008.  There, Mousasi made his K-1 debut, easily dispatching Japanese veteran Musashi in under one round (check out today's daily fight or click here to watch).  Since then, Musashi has retired, and Kyotaro has picked up the mantle of Japan's top heavyweight, winning the K-1 heavyweight title, and scoring upsets over opponents like Gokhan Saki, Peter Aerts, and Jerome Le Banner.  Given Japan's national pride, the story here is clear - Kyotaro wants to avenge the honor of Musashi and K-1.  As the champion himself stated: "I saw Mousasi KO Musashi 2 years ago and now I want to prove that K-1 fighters are stronger... I want to win back our prestige."  That story alone gives this fight a nice edge.

In ring, the fight should deliver as well.  Mousasi is a very strong all around fighter who can not be discounted here.  Kyotaro is more experienced, but far from invincible, and if Mousasi fights a smart game, he could bring his K-1 record up to 2-0.  Kyotaro will no doubt be looking to pull Mousasi into his game and get the Dream fighter moving forward and attacking.  From there, Mousasi could be exposed to Kyotaro's beautiful counter-punching attack.  That ability to counter-punch has been the demise of fighters with considerably more stand-up experience than Mousasi, and Gegard will need to be well prepared to avoid the same fate.  I think those skills will guide Kyotaro to victory again here, but I certainly don't think it's a lock.

The Dynamite card is now shaping up nicely with 11 confirmed fights and 1 confirmed by everyone but K-1.  Here's the line-up:

 

DREAM Rules:

Andy Ologun v. Furuki Katsuaki

Hideo Tokoro v. Kazuhisa Watanabe

Hayato Mach Sakurai v. Jason High

Kazushi Sakuraba v. Marius Zaromskis

Jerome Le Banner v. Satoshi Ishii

Josh Thomson v. Tatsuya Kawajiri

MINOWAMAN v. Hiroshi Izumi

Kazuyuki Miyata v. Caol Uno

Bibiano Fernandes v. Hiroyuki Takaya

 

K-1 Rules:

Tetsuya Yamato v. Akiyo "Wicky" Nishiura

Kyotaro v. Gegard Mousasi

 

Mixed DREAM/K-1 Rules:

Shinya Aoki v. Yuichiro Nagashima

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Four Fights Added to Dynamite!!

  • Published in K-1

With Dynamite!! 2010 just a few weeks away, FEG has slowly been trickling out news for the fans and media. As always, things are handled in a hush-hush manner by FEG, but fight camps sometimes spill the goods before they do. FEG held a press conference on Friday to announce a few of the feature bouts for the upcoming card.

After featuring only one kickboxing bout last year (Masato vs. Andy Souwer), they have added a second K-1 rules bout to the card, in the form of K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro facing off with Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi has not fought in a kickboxing fight since December 2008 at Dynamite!! 2008 where he made short work of the now retired Musashi. Mousasi is the current DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion and has held the promotion's Middleweight Championship as well as Strikeforce's Light Heavyweight Championship. Kyotaro poses a unique challenge for the Dutch kickboxer, as Kyotaro has speed, power and precision on his side.

The colorful Kazuhisa Watanabe will return to MMA action squaring off against Hideo Tokoro, with both men looking to add another much-needed win on their records. Another fight that was long-rumored is now confirmed, as Jason "KC Bandit" High returns to DREAM for the first time since DREAM.10 to face off with Hayato "Mach" Sakurai. Sakurai's back is against the wall against the younger High and High is looking to work his way back into the major leagues after a disappointing UFC debut this year.

Everyone's favorite Super HULK Champion, Ikuhisa Minowa, known as Minowaman, makes his return to the DREAM ring for the first time since his loss to Olympic Judoka Satoshi Ishii at DREAM.16. Minowa's last fight at DEEP 50 saw him get back into the win column with an armbar on Chang Hee Kim, providin some momentum against another Olympic Judoka, Hiroshi Izumi. Izumi is a Olympic Silver medalist from Athens in 2004 and fights for the first time away from the SRC banner.

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Mousasi Upsets Kyotaro

  • Published in K-1

In one of the 2 K-1 rules fights at Dynamite!! 2010, Dream fighter Gegard Mousasi improved his K-1 record to a perfect 2-0 with an upset win over Kyotaro.  The K-1 Heavyweight champion came into the fight looking to avenge fellow K-1 fighter Musashi's loss to Gegard in 2008, but instead found himself added to Mousasi's mantle.

The first round was close, with both Kyotaro effectively using his superior skills to keep Mousasi at bay.  But in the 2nd, Kyotaro slowed down and Mousasi caught him, scoring a knockdown that had Kyotaro doing the proverbial chicken dance.  It looked like Mousasi would stop him in the 2nd, but Kyotaro survived until the final bell.  The decision was academic, as Mousasi easily claimed the victory on the judges' scorecards.

An unfortunate ending to an otherwise superb year for Kyotaro.

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