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Mousasi says training “Not Good” for upcoming Dynamite! contest

Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi recently spoke with the Japanese press about his upcoming fight against Gary Goodridge.  When questioned about his training leading up to the fight, Mousasi was very candid in saying that it was “Not good.”  Mousasi went on to explain that leading up to the event, he was unsure if the fight would be contested under K-1 kickboxing or MMA rules.

Furthermore, when asked if it was difficult to keep his motivation high for this event and fight, Mousasi told reporters that “yes” it was very “difficult” to stay motivated.

While fighting an opponent on the level of Gary Goodridge may seem harmless enough for the young champion, one has to wonder if entering into a fight with poor training and little motivation is the best career path.  A win over Gary Goodridge does little to help Mousasi, while a loss or less than impressive performance can only do harm.

  • Nick Havok says:

    Yeah, Mousasi seems to be risking a lot, with very little to gain if he wins.

    And in a backwards-ass way…Gegard admitting he is not training well for this fight and has no motivation only in turn gives Goodridge a better chance to win.

    Which will hopefully make for a closer and more exciting fight.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Yea because he really needed to be prepared for this dangerous assasin…..

    On the other hand yea if he loses he’s a clown and SF ( indirectly )exposes another premier fighter through there handling of fighter bookings which is questionable at times.

    Buuuut I’m certain Gegard has got this.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Nick Havok says:

    Yeah, Mousasi seems to be risking a lot, with very little to gain if he wins.

    Totally Agree with you there Nick.
    Maybe the money was right at the time of the offer. Guess he had no big New Years Eve plans….

  • Scott H. says:

    … and the 5 Oz. 2009 MMA Award winner for Management Team of the year goes to…

    M1 Global. A short notice notice fight with little upside, all for the sake of cashing a paycheck. Way to treat your blue chip prospect!

    Sarcasam aside, I hope/think Mousasi handles him fairly easily.

  • retrofitting123 says:

    these strikeforce fighters have the most random seems they fight just as often for other organizations if not moreso in alistairs case

  • Jstew3785 says:

    Not worried about Mousasi at all. I think he could eat cookies and ice cream for 6 weeks and not even go to the gym once and still beat Goodridge.

  • s13 says:

    That’s what happens when you make 2k a fight (see his title fight win purse vs babalu). I’m sure bills are piling up and he needs cash flow. Just something to think about in case anyone else missed the payout for that strikeforce even (no $2,000 for Gegard was NOT a typo!!).

  • Scott H. says:

    Disclosed pay was $2000 to Gerard…

    What M1 Global was paid by Strikeforce, and how much of that found it’s way into Gerard’s pocket, is not known.

    As I said, managment team of the year… M1 Global

  • hindsightufuk says:

    i’d be fairly comfortable that Gegard could train half heartedly for a week and still win
    at least if he is as good as i believe he is he could
    did that make sense?

    maybe he’s thinking who the fuck else am i gonna fight in Strikeforce

    shame no one could come up with a better K1 rules opponent for him

    or maybe he’s trying his hand at fighting a heavyweight again cos there are no LHW in the US outside the UFC

  • Nick Havok says:

    I just read where Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller will be announcing Dynamite!! 2009 alongside Michael Schiavello and Guy Mezger.

    Two thumbs up for that!

  • Austin says:

    That hat is so fucking stupid.

  • Bivins says:

    Big Daddy has a big size advantage. so even if Gegard did lose it wouldn’t be completely unexcusable.

  • I agree this is a lose lose situation for Mousasi. If Gary KOs him then he instantly loses his credibility and hype. I doubt Gary does KO him, but you never know.

  • hindsightufuk: P>maybe he’s thinking who the fuck else am i gonna fight in Strikeforceshame no one could come up with a better K1 rules opponent for him

    One word….Hendo….Hendo is gonna give Mousasi the fight of his life…and if Gegard thinks otherwise….Hendo will smash him…That simple. Mousasi is a beast for sure….but he hasnt fought anyone with near the skill set of Hendo.

    I think Hendo could manhandle Manhoef too.

    Let the thumbs down begin.


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