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Gegard Mousasi tapped to coach at M-1 Challenge

Former DREAM middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will serve as coach of the World Team Friday, June 5 at M-1 Challenge at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City.

He'll lead his squad against Turkey, in one of three team matchups at M-1 Challenge's fifth event of 2009. The other two team matchups are USA East vs. Finland and England vs. France.

Mousasi (24-2-1), who vacated his middleweight title to move up in weight, has a fight lined up ten days before the coaching gig. The 23-year-old Mousasi will put his eleven-fight win streak on the line against heavyweight Mark Hunt at DREAM.9 on May 26 in the first round of the promotion's Super Hulk open-weight tournament.

According to M-1 Global, Mousasi is also in negotiations to make his US debut with an American promotion.