At 32-3-2 and with 28 finishes, light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi has established himself as one of the division’s premiere talents. However, he’s never had an opportunity to showcase his skills inside the Octagon after spending the bulk of his career in Japan and most recently Strikeforce.
Mousasi, a former promotional champion, is scheduled to compete against Mike Kyle this Saturday night at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine and will likely get his crack in the UFC afterwards. Assuming all goes according to plan Mousasi will enter the organization on a winning streak and in position to make a run at UFC gold. Though that’s certainly his goal, the 28-year old recently made it clear in a conversation with the UFC’s website that he isn’t looking TOO far down the road.
“I’m just happy that I’m still fighting on Strikeforce’s last show. It was a great organization that always had great fights. There were a lot of good fighters in Strikeforce, so it’s sad to see it go away, but I think that those fighters will go to the UFC and make exciting matchups, and I look forward to the future.”
“I look forward to going to the UFC, but I know I have a task before me. I don’t overlook Mike Kyle because I have to get the job done first. Sometimes I do think about how things will look if I fight in the UFC and if I do well in the UFC what kind of things will come and I’m looking forward to that, but I’m not overlooking Mike Kyle. I trained really good, I have a great training camp, and I’m sure I’m gonna win, but it’s still a fight and you have to perform and do well, so we’ll see how it goes.”
“Every fight is a very important fight, and this fight is no different. I know I’m not far away from title contendership, so I want to win this fight impressively, go to the UFC, and maybe in one to three fights I could be a contender. I’m really close and I can even feel it, so I know I have to be at my best in every fight, and this fight is very important.”
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