If you haven’t heard of Karl ‘Psycho’ Amoussou, just imagine scientists creating a blender that would have the power to combine a Prime Wanderlei Silva, Prime Vitor Belfort, a Prime Rib and that ‘Rage’ virus from 28 Days Later. The blender would be set to ‘puree’, and the mixture would then sit outside your patio for a couple days . When you see a 5’11” Frenchman round-kicking your bird feeder, you will know that your job is done.
That’s what I said last year when it was announced that Karl Amoussou would make his Strikeforce debut against Trevor Prangley at Strikeforce Challengers: Kaufman vs. Hashi. At the time, Amoussou had a record of 11-2-1 with seven of those wins via submission and three coming from absolutely horrific KOs. Knockouts that you would see in a teaser trailer of a Wes Craven movie. In fact, Amoussou’s last KO victory consisted of a flying knee in which he literally launches from one end of the ring to the next and drops Kazuhiro Hamanaka in just twenty-three seconds. I wasn’t the only one that called him the next Wanderlei Silva and in his Strikeforce debut, I’m sure everyone expected someone’s head to launch directly off their shoulders and land somewhere lodged in the eight row at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. Instead, the fight was ruled a technical draw after Trevor Prangley accidentally jammed his finger directly into Amoussou’s eye, forcing him to not continue with the fight. It wasn’t the explosive debut that we had all hoped for, but hey, [expletive] happens.
Later in 2010, Karl Amoussou met up with Yoshida’s apprentice, Kazuhiro Nakamura, at Dream 15. Despite it airing at around 3:15 am, I managed to watch the entire bout and noticed that Nakamura used his clandestine judo to lure Amoussou in an exchange only to take him down seconds later. Karl couldn’t really negate Nakamura’s ground game and it resulted in a unanimous decision loss. Apparently at some point this year, Amoussou grabbed a much needed win (by split-decision) over Nathan Schouteren at Pancrase to grab his first win since M-1 Global: Breakthrough, nearly two years ago.
Now MMAJunkie has confirmed that Karl Amoussou has been signed by Bellator and he will make his debut on May 21st against Sam Alvey at Bellator 45. I still firmly believe that Amoussou is the closest thing MMA has to a Pride FC Wanderlei Silva and if you have any doubts, keep in mind the guy is only twenty-five years old. The Bellator light heavyweight champion will also be decided on the same card so it goes without saying that you will want to have your television on MTV 2 that Saturday night. [Source]