It’s taken Gegard Mousasi a little bit of time to get UFC fans talking about a title shot run for the accomplished middleweight, but as Friday’s bout with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza approaches, things are looking up for Mr. “Dreamcatcher”. Of course, Mousasi has to get by one of the planet’s best ground fighters at UFC FN 50, who has added thumping strikes to his arsenal, but that’s another matter…
As a result of his awe inspiring record, which includes a 2008, KO win over “Jacare”, hardcore fans were buzzing and then some when Mousasi joined the UFC. Thanks to knee surgery Mousasi underwent after a successful Octagon debut, and a follow up loss to Lyoto Machida in 2014, however, some folks kind of forgot about the decorated vet.
Well, Mousasi quickly changed all that in May, when he put away longtime contender Mark Munoz with a first round, rear-naked-choke. The victory left the 29 year-old positioned at #7 in the UFC’s 185 pound rankings, and earned him a bout with the #4 positioned Souza (and just a side note here, yes, Mousasi has yet to hit 30, despite the fact he’s been fighting professionally since 2003 and has over 40 fights on his record…)
Now, defeating “Jacare” again, will likely be no easy task, but where does Mousasi think a victory will leave him? While appearing on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight“, the talented striker had this to say about what’s on the line Friday:
“Definitely in the top three. Luke Rockhold is there. Bisping is there also, but people will think I challenge him if I say his name. Those are the guys coming off a big wins and I think I’ll be right there.”
It’s hard to argue with that. After all, Souza is also in the title shot mix, thanks to a six fight winning streak which includes dominant victories over Chris Camozzi, Yushin Okami and most recently Francis Carmont. It should be a doozy of a scrap.
UFC FN 50 will go down at the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.