HDNet Fight of the Week: Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi at “Dream: Japan GP Final”

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Sep 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm ET

In this week’s edition of HDNet Fights Video Vault, we look back at a July “Dream: Japan GP Final” bout between Gegard Mousasi vs. Hiroshi Izumi.

For Mousasi, it was his first attempt at defending his DREAM light-heavyweight title.

The fight was a featured attraction at a summer event that concluded the organization’s Japanese bantamweight grand prix.

Each week HDNet and MMAjunkie.com release a new and exclusive fight from the ever-growing HDNet Fights video library. Stunning knockouts, slick submissions, shocking finishes and legendary brawls are the norm for this weekly feature.

Mousasi vs. Izumi is no exception.

Mousasi (30-3-2 at the time) returned to Japan following a “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” draw with Keith Jardine. In his previous bout, he won the DREAM belt with a first-round-submission victory over Tatsuya Mizuno. In his first title defense, he took on Izumi (4-1), a 2004 Olympic silver-medal judoka who was looking for his fifth straight MMA victory.

So would Mousasi notch a successful defense, or would Izumi grab the belt?

Check out the embedded clip for the answer.

Additionally, be sure to catch HDNet’s live presentation of DREAM.17 this weekend. The live broadcast airs early Wednesday morning at 3 a.m. ET (midnight PT).

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