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Quick Hits: Gegard Mousasi vs. “King Mo” Lawal Likely for April Strikeforce, Carlos Condit Eyes Return, and More

  • Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi is rumored to fight Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal at Strikeforce’s April event on CBS.
  • Former UFC welterweight contender Karo Parisyan said he expects to return to action in “the next few months”. [YouTube]
  • Middleweight Denis Kang, recently released by the UFC, has signed with W-1 MMA and face Vernon White in the main event of the promotion’s March 20 event in Montreal, while former UFC champion Carlos Newton vs. Chris Clements co-headlines the card.
  • Former WEC welterweight champion and current UFC fighter Carlos Condit has recovered from a cut and subsequent infection which forced him to withdraw from UFC 108, and expects to return to action this spring. [MMAjunkie]
  • Former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres declined to bring back his longtime training partners for his upcoming matchup against Joseph Benavidez, and has instead tapped Mark Dellagrotte and Robert Drysdale to prepare him for the March 6 bout at WEC 47. [Cagewriter]
  • A breach of lawsuit contract filed in November by M-1 and Fedor Emelianenko against Affliction will continue after a judge recently denied Affliction’s motion to dismiss the suit. The case is set to go to trial on November 16. [Sherdog]
  • Former DREAM lightweight champion Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen is expected to drop down to featherweight and fight title-holder Bibiano Fernandes at an upcoming DREAM event, likely in March.
  • Shine Fights recently announced that it has signed Dave Herman, a former EliteXC, Sengoku, and Bellator fighter, with “Pee Wee” likely to debut in April against veteran Jeff Monson, according to MMAjunkie. Former UFC heavyweight Tim Boetsch also recently signed with Shine Fights, according to MMA Scraps Radio.
  • Following the official opening of the first UFC Gym on Saturday in Concord, California, the UFC today announced that the second UFC Gym will open this summer near Los Angeles.
  • Cole Konrad, a two-time heavyweight NCAA wrestling champion and training partner of Brock Lesnar, successfully made his MMA debut over the weekend in North Dakota, submitting Gary Hamen with a neck crank in just 67-seconds.
  • 49-year-old Jean-Claude Van Damme will resume his fighting career in a sanctioned K-1 Kickboxing bout this March against 1996 Olympic featherweight boxing gold medalist Somluck Kamsing.

Pictured: Gegard Mousasi


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