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Gegard Mousasi leaning towards middleweight move

Gegard Mousasi leaning towards middleweight move

UFC light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi made his long awaited Octagon debut last month, beating Ilir Latifi at UFC on Fuel 9 despite dealing with short notice in addition to a serious knee injury. Though the victory did little for Mousasi’s standing in the division, it introduced many fans to a talented 27-year old competitor with a ton of potential that didn’t back down under less than ideal circumstances.

However, Mousasi’s next in-ring outing could come in a completely new weight class. “The Dreamcatcher” has been fighting at 205 pounds for years but excelled as a middleweight prior to bulking up. Now amongst the sport’s elite, it sounds like Mousasi is looking to slim back down rather than be at an occasional disadvantage.

“I believe if I go to 185 I’ll be much stronger. At the highest level, you don’t want to give any advantage,” said Mousasi in a recent interview with MMAJunkie Radio. “If you look at Jon Jones, you don’t want to fight a guy that’s very talented, has the skills, and also has the strength. Then you give too much advantage away.”

“I think that there’s a big chance I will go,” he continued. “If the UFC says, come fight at 205, and if you win two or three times, we’ll give you a title shot. If they say 185, because I was also middleweight champ, maybe win one fight and maybe I can be a contender. Whatever is the fastest way to the belt.”

Mousasi is currently healing up from surgery to repair his damaged knee and is anticipating a return to action in late 2013. He is 34-3-2 in his career and has only lost a single time since August 2006.


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