Mousasi wants Strikeforce belt before moving to UFC


Gegard Mousasi says he’s “definitely” intrigued by the possibility of a move to the UFC, but he also plans on getting his Strikeforce light heavyweight title back first.

“If you’re the Strikeforce champion, then you have a lot more possibilities,” Mousasi said on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “I still have a contract with Strikeforce. It makes sense to be a champion there before something like fighting in the UFC can happen. But I don’t know. I’m just focusing on Strikeforce, and eventually it’s not my decision. I just need to keep winning my fights. That’s the most important thing.”

Mousasi said he has two fights left on his Strikeforce deal. He expects to compete on the Dec. 17 card headlined by Gilbert Melendez’s lightweight title defense against Jorge Masvidal, but he doesn’t know his opponent yet.

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Dongbar13 site profile image  

9/13/11 8:35 PM by Dongbar13


shartkuri site profile image  

9/13/11 8:08 PM by shartkuri

 Gerard is a smart man.

JeremyLambert88 site profile image  

9/13/11 7:49 PM by JeremyLambert88

If he's willing to wait until February to get the Strikeforce title, he can search the San Jose garbage dump.

Haadogei site profile image  

9/13/11 7:25 PM by Haadogei

He should fight for their middleweight belt. Make more sense for the remaining guys in the org.

Lessphilling site profile image  

9/13/11 6:33 PM by Lessphilling

crazy as it sounds, Gayhard v. Shogun/Rampage would prob be barnburnersI love SF, but 2,000 fans last weekend sounds like the writing is on the wall, snatch up GM already UFC

knockoutfighter site profile image  

9/13/11 4:48 PM by knockoutfighter

I'd like to see Hendo fight some guys from the UFC while the SF LHW's sort themselves out. King Mo, Mousassi, and Feijao should form a number #1 contender match.

newjack900 site profile image  

9/13/11 4:29 PM by newjack900

I like Mousasi a lot but without better takedown defense he will never be able to string enough wins in a row to be a Champ in the UFC. I hope he fills this hole in his game bc the other tools he possesses are pretty amazing. I personally like him better at 185 then 205 but he doesn't seem too keen on cutting.

OftheWay site profile image  

9/13/11 4:16 PM by OftheWay

 This.  Awesome matchup.

ranier wolfcastle site profile image  

9/13/11 4:14 PM by ranier wolfcastle

 he sure got ripped off when they gave him the draw with sardine. he'd make a great fight with feijao