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 Gegard Mousasi Says He’s Headed to the UFC and “Can Beat Anybody”
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The Armenian a.ssassin Gegard Mousasi said his return to the cage is imminent and that he expects he will soon f!ght in the UFC.

“If everything goes well, I will be headed to the UFC,” Mousasi told Full Contact f!ghter, in an exclusive interview. Mousasi is currently in training, although he said he cannot yet disclose where and when he will be f!ghting next.

Mousasi said he will soon fly to Los Angeles from his home in Leider, Holland to continue training.

“I have a f!ght coming up soon, but I can’t say anything yet,” Mousasi said. “They will announce it.”

He said his camp is in negotiations with the UFC, so expect to see him f!ghting in the Octagon.

“UFC is the biggest organization, so everyone’s goal is to be in the UFC,” Mousasi said. “The best thing is for me to go to the UFC as soon as possible. The UFC is the biggest and, if you can make your name there, that is the goal.”

When and if he gets there he said he plans to f!ght as a light heavyweight and would like to battle Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

“That would be a good f!ght,” Mousasi said. “That would be an exciting f!ght. He’s the kind of guy who likes to f!ght. I like to f!ght guys like him who come to f!ght instead of f!ght(ing) to win.”

If he loses, however, Mousasi said he would drop down to 185 pounds and f!ght as a middleweight, a weight class he believes he could dominate in.

“I am 100 percent positive about my abilities to beat anybody,” Mousasi said. “I don’t doubt myself I just have to have my priorities right. I know I can beat anybody.”

Mousasi has taken the long, tortured road to the UFC.

He injured himself while training for a f!ght against Mike Kyle in Strikeforce. While in training camp a guy shot for a takedown on him. He turned and felt his knee pop.

“It was swollen, but I gave it a two-week rest,” Mousasi said.

When it didn’t get better, he realized he had torn his ACL.

The injury came after Mousasi’s impressive victory over a hot Ovince St. Preux. The injury derailed Mousasi’s momentum and goal of recapturing his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship.

“It was very difficult for me to sit and do nothing,” Mousasi said. “I don’t have any sponsors and, without f!ghting, I don’t have income.”

Mousasi, 27, was born in Iran to Armenian parents. His family moved to Holland when he was a boy. At 8 years old, Mousasi’s father took Gegard to a judo class and the young man fell in love with the sport. Today, he has a black belt in judo.

“When I was younger I did it because I wanted to be the best,” Mousasi said. “Now it is not just about the love of the sport. It is also about the money.”

Mousasi is already among the sport’s best. He is the former DREAM light heavyweight champion and Strikeforce light heavyweight champion.

While the name “Armenian a.ssassin,” is derived through the alliterative connection to his bloodline, he easily, and perhaps more appropriately could be called the “Silent a.ssassin.”

Mousasi is about as even-tempered and smooth in an MMA f!ght as a f!ghter could be.

He’s focused, calculated and rarely does he waste a punch or kick. Tiger-like in his offense, he’s cobra-like in his defense.

He can f!ght coiled up from his back and torment his opponents with as much fear and power as if he were on top. He once knocked out “Jacare” Souza with a wicked upkick from his back as Jacare was leaning clumsily over him looking to land a punch to the face.

Mousasi is one of those rare guys who makes f!ghting look easy and effortless. There’s no wild trash-talking inside the cage, or even a display of much of a personality.

He’s like the private investigator, no, more like the hit man, sitting next to you at the coffee shop, studying your every move as you sit naively sipping your morning coffee.

He’s watching and waiting, and you have no idea.

He’s that good, and, if he stays focused, could make a dramatic impact in the UFC.

“I don’t feel a lot before the f!ght or after the f!ght or during the f!ght,” Mousasi said. “I don’t have any emotion. I don’t feel a lot. I am a little bit numb.”

Mousasi was riding high on top of the sport until he stepped into the cage against Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal, a former Division II National Wrestling champion, in Nashville on April 17, 2010.

Not only will that night go down as the night that Strikeforce died on CBS because of a post-f!ght brawl between Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Jake Shields and company, but it is also the night that Mousasi temporarily lost his mojo.

Mousasi was simply unable to stop King Mo’s wrestling takedowns. Even though Mo was largely exhausted during the f!ght, he took Mousasi down at will and controlled him on the mat. Mousasi peppered Mo’s face with right and left hands from his back throughout the match, but it wasn’t enough to convince the judges that he was winning the f!ght.

At the end, King Mo’s left eye was swollen shut, but Mo only needed one good peeper to see the Strikeforce championship belt around his waist after upsetting Mousasi by unanimous decision.

The MMA world started to say that Mousasi was exposed. That his wrestling game was weak and that he was going to have a hard time reigning at the top of the sport if he can’t stop a wrestler’s takedown.

The criticism rattled Mousasi, who underneath the dark, warm, brooding eyes and lean muscular body, is somewhat of a humble man who takes criticism to heart.

What Mousasi learned from the defeat is that it isn’t enough to be good. He needs to be great and he needs to push himself in order to get there.

He was so successful at f!ghting that he didn’t train as well or as much as he could have to prepare for King Mo or someone like him.

“Training aspects were to blame in that f!ght,” Mousasi said. “It had to do with my mental attitude. I was not being pushed in training and I had a lack of sparring partners. I lived too much in a comfort zone and by making my own routines. It was going very easy in the past.”

Mousasi tasted gold and admiration from the world, and then spit it out. He knows better now and wants to resume his place as one of the best.

“Of course I want to go for a title, but a lot of people doubt me with my wrestling,” Mousasi said. “They will see that I have changed a lot of things in my training. The most important thing for me is to win my next couple of f!ghts in an impressive way. My goal is to win and win impressively and then thing about a title shot.”

It’s hard to doubt that Mousasi won’t at least be competitive.

The truth is he’s never even been hurt in a f!ght. He’s never been rattled in training. Mousasi may have had trouble with his takedown defense, but he seems to have an invisible forcefield constantly protecting his face.

“I feel like I can lose a f!ght, but I can always protect myself,” Mousasi said, as surely as he knows his own name. “I don’t feel like I haven’t been caught very badly in a f!ght. I am confident that I can protect myself. That is something that has given my confidence. I am a careful f!ghter.”

Careful, yet dangerous. He’s 32-3, with 28 wins by either KO or submission. Besides King Mo, his two other losses came by armbar submission early in his career. Mousasi said he no longer will take his abilities for granted. He will train hard and train with the best.

Although he has many options, he said he’s considering training at the Glendale f!ghting Club.

Mousasi believes that he’s going to shock a lot of people.

“Whatever happens I am looking for the belt,” Mousasi said. “This time I will do it correctly as far as sparring partners, trainers. I am expecting to be the best when I f!ght. There’s going to be a new f!ghter. If I perform badly it won’t be because of my training. Whatever it is, I will be 100 percent ready.”

Gegard Mousasi Says He’s Headed to the UFC and “Can Beat Anybody” | Full Contact f!ghter

im excited. the jardine fiasco kind of derailed his hype but to me i cant wait for him to get into the ufc. i think they should start him off with vera or something like that
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A torn ACL, damn. I was just wondering what he's been up to lately.


At least he's stopped talking about that moving to HW bullsh*t.
Can't wait to see him back in the cage.
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dude went to a draw with keith jardine
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really talented, but he's lacking that eye of the tiger...
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DR JAYY said:
dude went to a draw with keith jardine
Jardine scored a few takedowns, that's all... Not indicative of Gegard's skills or lack thereof other than TDD... I think Vera would make for a nice debut for him
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AnyGiven said:
this ^^ exactly
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He's got top 3 standup skills at LHW right now and he's got a good chin but his wrestling defense is lacking and would allow guys like Phil Davis, Evans and Jones to continuously take him down. Ive been wanting to see Mousasi in the UFC for a few years.

Id love to see him debut against Lil Nog or Bader

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lots of good matches to be made with Gegard.
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Mousasi could beat most guys in top 10 but I dont think he could beat Jones though...
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lil nog would be a good match up for him. i'm hoping for feijao & osp to make the jump too.
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Gegard da gawd
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too bad hes f!ghting kyle in january for strikeforce
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I've been wanting Mousasi in the UFC for YEARS. Dude is not a champion but he's really good and can hang with a selection of top 205 and 185 guys. His weakness being wrestling obviously, but if you watch his f!ght with King Mo, King Mo layed and prayed on him for 3 rounds and came out looking like this

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Cee4our said:
too bad hes f!ghting kyle in january for strikeforce
it should gauge on who he should face if/ when he makes ufc

lose undercard for years or not even make it

finish and i could see ufc maybe fast track the hype machine for a quick challenger for jones

ufc knows it needs more contenders for jones asap
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Remember there was talk of him beating Anderson a few years back







They don't talk that talk anymore
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Mousasi is like the Papoose of mma f!ghters.
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Mousasi used to train with Fedor.... he's a Beast.
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