by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Dream will indeed stage their first ever light heavyweight tournament starting in July and on Monday, former Strikeforce 205lb champion Gegard Mousasi was confirmed for the show and has verbally agreed to face former UFC fighter Jake O’Brien in Japan.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight who indicated verbal agreements are in place, but no bout agreements at this time.
Gegard Mousasi was on the fast track to being considered one of the top light heavyweights in the world before running into wrestling phenom turned MMA fighter Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in April. Struggling to stop takedown after takedown, Mousasi lost a lopsided decision against the former Oklahoma State stand-out.
Mousasi will try to get back in the win column by facing another tough wrestler in Jake O’Brien.
A former heavyweight and light heavyweight competitor in the UFC, Jake O’Brien exited the organization after a submission loss to Jon Jones in 2009. Since that time the Indiana based fighter has gone 2-0, and will now get a big step up in competition when he faces Mousasi in July.
Training alongside UFC mainstay Chris Lytle and others in Indianapolis, O’Brien last fought in Helsinki, Finland and will keep his passport on hand when he travels to Japan in July for the fight.
The bout between Mousasi and O’Brien is expected to fill part of the card that will be headlined by Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki putting his title on the line against longtime rival Tatsuya Kawajiri.