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Gegard Mousasi TKOs Sokoudjou at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers

Gegard Mousasi, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Gegard Mousasi is one of the emerging stars of mixed martial arts and one of the dominant forces in the light heavyweight division, as he showed once again by defeating Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou with a second-round TKO Saturday night at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.

Give Sokoudjou credit: He came to fight. But Mousasi is a fighter with almost no flaws, and when he got on top of Sokoudjou on the ground in the second round, it was just a matter of time before he had landed enough punches to force the referee to stop it.

Mousasi opened the fight by raising his hands and practically begging Sokoudjou to take the fight to him, and for a couple of minutes they stood and traded strikes with neither one doing a lot of damage. Sokoudjou complained that Mousasi kicked him low a couple of times, and the fight stayed on the feet for about three minutes without a lot happening.

Later in the first round, however, Mousasi went on the attack, throwing punches against the cage, and Sokoudjou responded by showing off his judo skills and throwing Mousasi down. They had some good action on the ground, ending the round with Mousasi trying an upkick and then tripping Sokoudjou. The first round was fairly even, and a good showing for Sokoudjou in a fight few expected him to win.

And then came the second, and a brilliant display of power and technique by Mousasi, and the fight was over. At the end of 2008, I called Mousasi my fighter of the year. At the time he wasn't well known in the United States, but now that he's won a major fight on network television, he's becoming a star -- and he's going to be a star for years to come.

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