Although Gegard Mousasi cruised to a unanimous decision win in his UFC debut last month, not only did the victory not take place against the highly touted Alexander Gustafsson, he decided to fight on a trashed knee. As a result, a little bit of steam was taken out of the former Strikeforce champ’s long awaited Octagon unveiling. In other words, if that was the only Mousasi bout you’ve seen, you’ve got some homework to do.
After his UFC on FUEL TV 9 bout with a very game Ilir Latifi, Mousasi revealed that he had a serious knee injury that was going to require surgery. In a recent appearance on MMA Junkie. com Radio, Mousasi reported that he’s hoping to be back in action this November or December. He also relayed that he’s thinking about dropping to 185, a weight he’s performed just fine at before, but abandoned due to the necessary weight cut.
“I believe if I go to 185 I’ll be much stronger,” said the 27 year-old Mousasi. “At the highest level, you don’t want to give any advantage. 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.”
There’s some pretty large and strong talent at 185 (see Yushin Okami or Tim Boetsch), let alone light-heavyweight, so it’s hard to argue with Mousasi’s point. Mousasi also said he would consult with the UFC, as far as what weight they would like to see him compete at, but that he wants to take the “fastest way to the belt.” Either division doesn’t have an easy title fight waiting, but the path to a championship fight may be easier for Mousasi at 185.
It will be interesting to see who the UFC matches Mousasi up next, considering his win was over a newcomer like Latifi, rather than a top contender like Gustafsson. Whatever weight it takes place at chances are he’ll be matched up against a pretty big name.