UFC light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi is likely a mystery to a good number of casual fans. After all, despite being one of the division’s most talented competitors, “The Dreamcatcher” has done the majority of his work overseas or under the Strikeforce banner.

However, Mousasi has finally made his way into the Octagon and plans to show the doubters that he deserves all the hype attached to his name. The dynamic Dutchman, who faces Ilir Latifi this weekend at UFC on Fuel 9, recently spoke with MMAWeekly where he made it clear a win at the event will only be the first step on his journey to the #1 spot.

“When I fought some guys, they were at the top and now they’re going down. This is fighting; even an opponent who is not so good can defeat you. I’ve fought at light heavyweight, middleweight, heavyweight. I fought Mark Hunt, who everyone said wasn’t that good and now he’s possibly fighting for the heavyweight title. I fought Ronaldo Souza. He became the Strikeforce champion. I fought Melvin Manhoef; maybe he’s not the best, but he’s a guy who can beat anyone. Even if you put him against the number one guy, he has a big chance of winning because of the way he fights. So to the people who don’t think I’ve fought top competition, they probably don’t know the sport that well.”

“I know for sure I can fight any of these guys and beat them. Now it’s a matter of fighting them. I can talk all I want, but now I have to go out and perform against these top names.”

“I feel like I belong at the top, for sure.”

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