Gegard Mousasi wants Shogun in UFC, gets Kyle in Strikeforce Finale
Gegard Mousasi said his return to the cage is imminent and that he expects he will soon fight in the UFC.
“If everything goes well, I will be headed to the UFC,” Mousasi told Full Contact Fighter, in an exclusive interview. Mousasi is currently in training, although he said he cannot yet disclose where and when he will be fighting next.
“I have a fight 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 fighting 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 fight as a light heavyweight and would like to battle Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
“That would be a good fight,” Mousasi said. “That would be an exciting fight. He’s the kind of guy who likes to fight. I like to fight guys like him who come to fight instead of fight to win.”
If he loses, however, Mousasi said he would drop down to 185 pounds and fight 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.”
Whatever Mousasi’s hopes and intentions, MMAWeekly is reporting that he is set to face Mike Kyle in the Strikeforce Finale on Jan 12 in Oklahoma City. This is the fourth time the two have been scheduled to fight.
A light heavyweight showdown has been added to the final Strikeforce show coming in January as former champion Gegard Mousasi has agreed to face Mike Kyle.
The fight has been verbally agreed to by both fighters with bout agreements expected shortly.
Mousasi and Kyle were first scheduled to meet in 2011, but Kyle suffered a broken hand cancelling the bout. They were again paired up, and again the fight was cancelled, this time Mousasi was pulled from the fight for unknown reasons. Finally, Mousasi and Kyle were set to meet at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey earlier this year, but another injury sidelined Kyle and the fight was delayed.