Manager explains Mousasi UFC 176 frustration


When UFC 176 was canceled following a neck injury suffered by UFC featherweight champion José Aldo, the co-main Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza rematch was of course postponed. Mousasi, training in Holland at the time, expressed frustration that he found out about it on Twitter.

Mousasi's manager Nima Safapour reached out to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, and detailed the circumstances around the postponing of the fight.

"Zuffa reached out to us in advance shortly before the media became aware that the event was postponed," said Safapour. "However, due to the time zone differences between Holland and Vegas, combined with how quickly the news hit the media, there was an honest miscommunication between the parties.

"Any fighter is going to feel frustrated that an event has been canceled because a lot goes into these fights on a lot of different levels. Especially when one is competing at an elite level within the Top-5 world rankings. We are working on it with Zuffa, and believe we will have everything resolved shortly.  We understand it is a challenging situation for everyone."

UFC president Dana White has announced that the Mousasi vs. Jacare rematch has been rescheduled to UFC Fight Night 50 on Sept. 5 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

Mousasi won the first match via upkick from Hell on September 23, 2008 in Japan. The fight was the DREAM 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix Final, and earned Mousasi the inaugural DREAM Middleweight Championship.

UFC Fight Night 50 shaping up to be a high-level UFN, with five fights announced to date:
Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza                 
Joe Lauzon vs. Michael Chiesa                 
Sean Soriano vs. Andre Fili                 
Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis                 
Alistair Overeem vs. Ben Rothwell    

It is not known yet if Mousasi vs. Jacare will be the main event or the co-main.


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TARRat site profile image  

7/10/14 12:22 PM by TARRat

I live 5 minutes (4 minutes on a good day) from the Mohegan Sun. About 20-25 from Foxwoods.That, and seeing as how Bellator's show at the Sun was scheduled first, I was originally planning on going to the Bellator show on the 5th.But, now that I see this card? Yeah, I think I'm headed to Foxwoods. Unfortunately, tickets apparently aren't on sale, and the Foxwoods website says that pricing is still TBD.

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7/10/14 12:22 PM by Molsonmuscle360

I kinda figured this was the case.  They called his manager, he didn't get ahold of Gegard in time.  This shit happens ALL THE TIME in other sports.  I have a buddy in the NHL who didn't know he was traded from New York to Calgary a few years back until it came up on the TSN ticker.  He got a phone call like 5 minutes later from his GM. 

RicGillespie site profile image  

7/10/14 12:15 PM by RicGillespie

I think you mean it's a stale topic now because the truth doesn't support the ignorance displayed in the other thread.

Glovegate site profile image  

7/10/14 12:12 PM by Glovegate

UG Blog jumps to their defense whenever possible. Kind of makes it a stale topic.

brob site profile image  

7/10/14 12:05 PM by brob

Of course it will. Wheres the band wagoners shitting on something they have no clue about now?

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7/10/14 9:36 AM by canofsticks

"The best thing to do is make an official announcment and then get into contact with the fighters/reps."- MMALogiclol Sounds like the suits didn't really agree with that clearly stupid strategy. I recant my criticism after facts have come to light.

Standup29 site profile image  

7/10/14 8:19 AM by Standup29

The UFC should provide cell phones to all the fighters that only allows for calls and messages from Zuffa to the phones. Any updates could then be sent out right away. A billion dollar comapny should be using this technology. No excuse to not have a Zuffa Phone. When it goes off they will know shit is going down! I blame Blaf

time traveling 12er site profile image  

7/10/14 4:11 AM by time traveling 12er

So they called his manager but Mousasi found out on the internet before the manager got in contact with him it sounds like?

Jimmy Wrassler site profile image  

7/10/14 4:03 AM by Jimmy Wrassler

Why wouldn't they call the fighters directly?