Gegard Mousasi ready for move to UFC but wants the belt back first

With an overall record of 31-3-2 and his most recent loss occurring more than five years ago it’s safe to say former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi would make an excellent addition to the UFC’s 205-pound division. In fact, Mousasi doesn’t disagree with the sentiment, though rather than making a beeline for the Octagon it turns out the 26-year old isn’t ready to jump ship just yet.

“I still have a contract with Strikeforce (and) it makes sense to be a champion there before something like fighting in the UFC can happen,” Mousasi explained in an interview with Sherdog. “But I don’t know. I’m just focusing on Strikeforce, and eventually it’s not my decision. I just need to keep winning my fights. That’s the most important thing.”

While signing a deal with the UFC would force Mousasi, a DREAM regular, to forgo fights outside of the organization it’s a price “The Dreamcatcher” is willing to pay if it means raising his profile to superstar status.

“Financially it’s always good to fight a lot, but I think now the most important thing is to get big fights. I think that’s the more important thing than fighting a lot. I need to fight the people, the fighters that are very recognizable to the fans. I need to fight fighters that are very famous or (fans will) know or are ranked very high.”

In terms of what’s next for Mousasi, he revealed that he expects to fight at the Strikeforce event scheduled for December 17 and even brought up the name of a potential opponent – Ovince St. Preux.

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“I heard he would like to fight me,” said Mousasi of OSP. “I don’t know him. I’ve never seen his fights, but he has done very well with Strikeforce. If Strikeforce decides it’s a good fight and the people want to see it, I’m open to it.”

Mousasi has finished 28 of the 31 foes he’s felled with eighteen TKOs and ten submissions. Among his victims are a number of notable peers including Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Melvin Manhoef, Denis Kang, Ronaldo Souza, and Hector Lombard.