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Gegard Mousasi Hopes To One Day Become A UFC Champion

Gegard Mousasi

“I know that the best fighters in my weight fight in the UFC but I’m still young and very happy with Strikeforce as a company. I’ve signed a contract with them and I will fight the fights they give me…There are so many things possible in a short time, maybe I lose two times and the UFC doesn’t want me at all. That’s why I focus on one fight at a time. My goal in the future is of course to become UFC champion but I’m not in a rush. I’m happy with Strikeforce now and that’s the most important things. I’m now champion and want to defend with honor and dignity. It’s up to fighters like Fedor, Alistair and me to show great fights and make Strikeforce look good. I still believe Strikeforce is the company with the most growth potential. By the way maybe the UFC champions will come to Strikeforce and challenges us for the belt (laughs).”

—Gegard Mousasi on his M-1 blog talking about his eventual goal to become a UFC champion

It’s really a shame he’s not in the UFC. If he was, he would probably find himself fighting the Machida/Shogun winner sometime early next year, or at least be a win away from a title shot, considering the current lack of contenders in the division. Instead, Mousasi says he’s probably going to fight either Mike Whitehead or Paulo Filho in November, though he’s hoping Strikeforce signs Ricardo Arona.

Also, Mousasi had nothing but great things to say about M-1 Global which should answer any lingering questions about a possible rift between him and his management.

Image via Esther Lin for Showtime. Tip via Bloody Elbow.

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