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Strikeforce: Gegard Mousasi Vs. Mike Kyle

Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle

We move into the light heavyweight ranks, as former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi (32-3-2) takes on Mike Kyle (19-8-1). The third man inside the cage will be Don Turnage.

Round 1: Big low kick by Mousasi nearly floors Kyle. Inside leg kick by Mousasi, as well, but Kyle answers with a right. Knee to the face and body by Kyle forces Mousasi to work for a takedown. Kyle fights it off and stays upright. Solid combo by Kyle gets through Mousasi’s defense. Double-leg takedown by Mousasi is successful, as he is inside Kyle’s guard. Mousasi working to do damage, but does land a pair of elbows to the face. Mousasi now postures up and is firing lefts and rights, forcing Kyle to give up his back. Kyle turns, and turns again, giving Mousasi his back and he is forced to tap. Kyle appeared to tap once, but the ref didn’t stop it, and he tapped again with more conviction.

Gegard Mousasi def. Mike Kyle via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:09 of Round 1