Mousasi: Machida dangerous if you lose control


Gegard Mousasi recently appeared on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour, and discussed his fight Saturday with Lyoto Machida on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36.

Both fighters fought at 205 last year. UFC president Dana White said that with a win, Machida gets a title shot. Machida thinks that with a win, he does too.

"Sometimes I didn’t even need to cut weight, I was at 205," said Mousasi as transcribed by MMAFighting's Chuck Mindenhall. "The last fight I felt the size difference, so, being in the UFC, I want to go for the title shot, and I think the best way to get to the title is at middleweight."

"He is a very different fighter from a typical stand-up fighter, he’s more of a counter-puncher. But he comes he’s vulnerable for counter-punching himself.

"I understand better now how he fights. I would say he is much more of a smart fighter. He lures you in, he feints, so I studied him very well. I can deal with it."

"I’m getting the chance to fight Machida. I’m excited, you know, because maybe I can get a title shot after this. There’s not many contenders at middleweight at this moment I believe. This is a fight I must win. With that mentality I’m going to go into the fight. I’m more relaxed than I was a year ago."

"I heard from my manager that it could definitely be for the next No. 1 contender."

"You have to be smart and make no mistakes. He’s dangerous if you lose your control and you get too aggressive or leap into your punches. That’s when he’s most dangerous, so you have to fight smart."

"I think I’ll do fine. I did a lot of sparring for this fight, five rounds, five minutes per. I tried to replicate the fight. Of course, it’s going to be in Brazil with a hostile audience, but other than that I just need to be smart and keep my cool and everything will be just fine."


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AdmiralCackbar site profile image  

2/14/14 10:08 PM by AdmiralCackbar

Calm down, playboy. I've been on numerous threads stating that I'm looking forward to this fight more than any in s long time. That doesn't change the fact that it could be a boring fight. It could also end in a KO, or it could be an amazing display of technique and end in a decision. Hopefully neither fighter is too tentative.

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2/14/14 8:02 PM by XxLiveBaitxX

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2/10/14 5:55 PM by comeonman1

This whole myth that Machida struggles against srikers and is only successful against wrestlers is simply not true. He has really only lost twice (Rua and Jones) and has beaten lots of great strikers and wrestlers. Also, Mousasi does have a great jab but that is the punch that Machida handles the easiest as he is very good at keeping distance, its very difficult to land anything on Machida but especially the jab, so I really don't see Mousasi landing jabs at will on Machida all night. This fight is hard to judge how it will go down, I just hope its a good fight cause it has the potential to be boring but I hope I am wrong. This fight has the potential to really turn heads for Mousasi as alot of people don't know alot about him and a win over Machida will be HUGE for him. I predict a close decision win for Machida.

Darth Ryase site profile image  

2/10/14 10:39 AM by Darth Ryase

There are so many contenders in the UFC these days I almost forget some of them are there. I just realized Mousasi is in the UFC now. Then I thought, so is Jacare. Then I thought, so is Lombard. Etc. Etc.

YouCantHandleMyRiddum site profile image  

2/10/14 10:19 AM by YouCantHandleMyRiddum

That's a great analysis of Machida-Kun's style.

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2/10/14 5:13 AM by eXtv

I like the comparison alot. Even though Kyotaro was severely depleted he is certainly a Machida-esque striker with serious counterpunching capability. Gegard kept him out of his comfort zone all night with his front kicks and jab. Lyoto is awesome, he really is, but almost all of his impressive striking displays come against wrestlers with very limited standup ability, like Tito, Munoz, Bader, et al. Gegard is far more technically sound than those guys and well definitely hide behind his jab all night if needbe. He's aware of how dangerous Lyoto still is to guys that get careless with him and probably isn't going to fall into that trap.

EKPOGI site profile image  

2/10/14 5:05 AM by EKPOGI

I hope it's 5 rounds of technical battle.Can't believe it's on free tv,will jerk off during this fight

onandon site profile image  

2/10/14 2:18 AM by onandon

Sucks they have to fight each other because I want both of the guys to win and I don't want to see Mousasi lose momentum in the UFC if he loses. Both guys are class acts.If I'm putting money down though, it'll be on Machida.

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2/10/14 12:37 AM by Lick Boners

I think the fight will look something like the first Shogun-Machida fight. Machida by decision or Gegard by KO

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2/10/14 12:34 AM by UGCTT_FryedTakayama

Me too but I'll still watch.