Page last updated on Wed Jul 08 00:23:24 EDT 2015
Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:23 PM EDT

Gegard Mousasi (30-3-2) vs. Hiroshi Izumi (4-1)

Mixed Martial Arts – DREAM 17: Dream Fight for Japan
Saturday, July 16
Ariake Coliseum – Tokyo, Japan

DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship
Line: Mousasi -1100, Izumi +600

When Gegard Mousasi takes on Hiroshi Izumi in a light heavyweight championship showdown at Dream 17 in Tokyo on Saturday, it will be a matchup where the experience gap will be even larger than the talent gap, which is saying a lot when you consider that a champion is stepping into the cage. Mousasi, the champion, enters the match with a career mark of 30-3 with two draws. Izumi, the challenger, has won four of five. That’s not just four of his last five, that’s four of five in his career. Odds.

Underdogs are fun to pick, but even Rocky, Adrian, and Paulie would put all their chips down on the champion, even at the steep 1-to-11 odds. The pick here is for the champion MOUSASI to win, probably in a TKO victory, before the third round.

After losing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight belt last April in Nashville to Muhammad Lawal, Mousasi bounced back to capture the DREAM Light Heavyweight championship last September with a submission victory over Tatsuya Mizuno in the first round at DREAM 16 in Japan. His most recent battle was just three months ago versus Keith Jardine, in a match where the two men battled to a draw. Mousasi might have come out on top if not for being deducted a point due to an illegal upkick. Many observers believed that Mousasi clearly won the fight (among them UFC President Dana White, who after observing the fight reacted on Twitter “you’ve got to be (expletive) me?”). Even FightMetric found that Mousasi out-struck Jardine 146-21. Nonetheless, rules are rules, and this one still went in the books as a draw, but the message we can take from the match is clear, Mousasi looked like every bit of a champion with his dominant style, and Izumi needs to be aware just how much of an effort he needs to muster to take out Mousasi. Scores.

Izumi (4-1) debuted on the circuit in 2009. He is coming off a third-round stoppage of Ikuhisa Minowa at K-1’s Dynamite card on New Year’s Eve. The judo practitioner has won four straight since being defeated by Antz Nanzen in his MMA debut. Despite his short resume, stamina should not be an issue for Izumi, as three of his four victories have either gone the distance or been decided in the third round. The Mousasi battle will be Izumi’s first match since his victory on New Year’s Eve. It will also be in all likelihood his toughest bout ever. Betting lines.

Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
BASEBALL 6/5/2015 - 8/12/2015
RK Team
Chicago Cubs
Washington Nationals
San Francisco Giants
Kansas City Royals
Pittsburgh Pirates
MLBRays vs Royals5:10 PM PST
MLBBlue Jays vs White Sox5:10 PM PST
MLBDetroit Tigers vs Seattle Mariners7:10 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Dodgers7:10 PM PST
MLBTigers vs Mariners7:10 PM PST
MLBMets vs Giants7:15 PM PST
MLBOrioles vs Twins10:10 AM PST
MLBBraves vs Brewers11:10 AM PST
MLBTigers vs Mariners12:40 PM PST
MLBMets vs Giants12:45 PM PST
MLBReds vs Nationals4:05 PM PST
MLBPadres vs Pirates4:05 PM PST
MLBAthletics vs Yankees4:05 PM PST
MLBAstros vs Indians4:10 PM PST
MLBMarlins vs Red Sox4:10 PM PST
MLBCardinals vs Cubs5:05 PM PST
MLBDiamondbacks vs Rangers5:05 PM PST
MLBRays vs Royals5:10 PM PST
MLBBlue Jays vs White Sox5:10 PM PST
MLBAngels vs Rockies5:40 PM PST
MLBPhillies vs Dodgers7:10 PM PST
UFCN Seery vs L Smolka4:00 PM PST
UFCC Pfister vs Y Cedeno4:00 PM PST
UFCTim Means vs M Brown5:00 PM PST
UFCJ Howard vs Cathal Pendred5:00 PM PST
UFCM Swick vs A Garcia5:00 PM PST
UFCH Briones vs C Garbrandt5:00 PM PST
UFCC McGregor vs C Mendes7:00 PM PST
UFCR Lawler vs R MacDonald7:00 PM PST
UFCJ Stephens vs D BERMUDEZ7:00 PM PST
UFCG Nelson vs B Thatch7:00 PM PST
UFCB Pickett vs Thomas Almeida7:00 PM PST