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Strikeforce Live Blog: Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle

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Daniel Herbertson, MMA Fighting

This is the Strikeforce live blog for Gegard Mousasi vs. Mike Kyle, a light heavyweight bout during Saturday night's Marquardt vs. Saffiedine event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Mousasi, who is 4-0-1 in his past five fights, will square off against Kyle, who is 3-1 with 1 no-contest in his past five fights, on the main card.

Check out the live blog below.


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Round 1: Kyle immediately pushes forward. Mousasi stumbles Kyle with a cracking leg kick, and another. Mousasi wades in, eats a few knees then pressures Kyle against the fence. Kyle muscles out and both fighters retake the center the cage. Kyle connects with a combination. Mousasi slips a few punches, then shoots in and slams Kyle to the canvas. Mousasi unloads a string of short elbows. Mousasi easily advances to half guard, then mount. Mousasi postures up and starts raining down punches. Kyle desperately gives up his back. Mousasi slithers in a rear-naked choke and this one looks to over. Kyle taps once, but the referee doesn't see it. Mousasi coaxes out another tap and that's it.

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