Gegard Mousasi grinds out Strikeforce win

Maggie Hendricks

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi got his first Strikeforce win since losing the title with a decision over up-and-comer Ovince St. Preux in San Diego on Saturday night. Mousasi took it 29-28 on all three judges cards.

The first round started slowly, with both fighters using kicks to feel each other out. Mousasi caught a St. Preux kick to take him down and control him on the ground. Mousasi used short elbows and striking to damage OSP. Late in the round, Mousasi tried for a Kimura, but OSP rolled out and got top position for a moment. Mousasi again took control, putting OSP in a crucifix position to finish out the round.

Mousasi took over early in the second round, taking OSP down and pounding him out. After Mousasi worked in this position for more than half the round, the referee stood them up. OSP tried for a knee, but Mousasi caught it for a takedown, but then OSP took top position after hitting a switch.

With OSP behind going into the third round, he took Mousasi down and moved to side control. OSP moved to full mount, rode Mousasi out when he tried to escape and then landed several strikes. Mousasi escaped, and awkwardly took OSP across the cage as he took him down. From there, the two exchanged position several times. OSP tried to finish the fight with a choke, but he wasn't able to finish.

Fight stats showed that Mousasi led OSP 52-3 in power strikes, and that he was much more effective in ground striking. Mousasi has three wins in DREAM and a draw with Keith Jardine in Strikeforce over the past two years, and is now 32-3-2. OSP, who played football for the University of Tennessee, is now 11-5.

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