Gegard post ACL surgery, love to fight Jones

Monday, May 14, 2012

In an interview with MMAJunkie Radio, Gegard Mousasi revealed that in March he tore his ACL, and underwent surgery to rerpair it. Now he is in physical rehab. Why did no one know?

“No one asked,” Mousasi quipped. “But the operation was successful. The recovery is doing very well. I will be back 100 percent again, but it will just take time.”

“I had one fight left (on my Strikeforce contract). Then I was hoping maybe to go to the UFC after that, but then they offered me – they said we’re going to give you a new contract. So I signed for another six fights. Now I have a six-, seven-fight deal, I believe, in Strikeforce.”

“They said the Strikeforce fighters were going to stay with Strikeforce. And that’s the thing that it was, so we signed again.”

The new contract means a teenage dream of representing The Netherlands in the Olympics as a boxer will not come to pass.

“I think I would have had a chance,” Mousasi said. “I don’t think my chances would have been very high, but I believed in myself, and I train with Olympic trainers from Holland, and they said there’s definitely potential. Those things I experienced, I thought maybe it was possible, but no doubt it would have been very difficult.

“It would have been nice. But there’s nothing wrong with focused just on MMA.”

Mousasi has held the DREAM belt (successor to Pride, kind of), the Cage Warriors belt (biggest in Europe), and the Strikeforce belt. A shot is obviously not close, but Mousasi speculated about Jon Jones’ UFC Lightheavy belt.

“I’m not afraid of fighting anybody because I never got hurt in any fight – kickboxing, boxing, MMA. I may have lost a fight, but I’ve never been hurt in a fight. I’m always confident that whatever happens, I got my chance. And I know I have a good punch, so I never doubt myself that I can win a fight or not.

“I’d love to fight him.”

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