At 32-3-2 and with 28 finishes, light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi has established himself as one of the divisionâ€™s premiere talents. However, heâ€™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.
â€œIâ€™m just happy that Iâ€™m still fighting on Strikeforceâ€™s last show. It was a great organization that always had great fights. There were a lot of good fighters in Strikeforce, so itâ€™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.â€
â€œI look forward to going to the UFC, but I know I have a task before me. I donâ€™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 Iâ€™m looking forward to that, but Iâ€™m not overlooking Mike Kyle. I trained really good, I have a great training camp, and Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m gonna win, but itâ€™s still a fight and you have to perform and do well, so weâ€™ll see how it goes.â€
â€œEvery fight is a very important fight, and this fight is no different. I know Iâ€™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. Iâ€™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.â€
PHOTO CREDIT: Strikeforce