As he did last year, Gegard Mousasi will fight in a K-1 match this NYE at Dynamite!! 2009. He revealed the news to Fanhouse’s Ariel Helwani earlier today, though he doesn’t have an official opponent yet.
Of course, what MMA fans really care about is when Mousasi will fight Dan Henderson. That’s unknown at this point, but at the very least he says it won’t happen until Fedor fights again for Strikeforce. Apparently, he can only fight for them when Fedor does.
When asked when he expects to fight in MMA again, Mousasi noted that his contract states he can only compete on the same Strikeforce shows that feature his fellow M-1 Global fighter, Fedor Emelianenko.
“So when he fights, I will fight too. But sooner would be also be fine by me,” he wrote.
It seems rather odd at first glance, and while I don’t know the exact reason why, Mousasi, like Fedor, is a M-1 Global fighter. Fedor only fights for Strikeforce in M-1 co-promoted shows, so it would stand to reason that the same goes for Mousasi, hence the restriction. At least that’s my best attempt to make sense of it.
As bizarre as it, always having Fedor and Mousasi on the same card isn’t a bad thing assuming Fedor continues to fight for Strikeforce and there’s no reason to believe he won’t. The next CBS event is penciled in for April. If Fedor and Mousasi get the opponents they should get, Alistair Overeem and Dan Henderson, respectively, that would make for one sick card, would it not?
Speaking of Fedor and Hendo, Fedor has also been thrown around as a potential opponent for Hendo down the road. Hendo wholeheartedly believes he’s the man to beat him.
You’ve already done a lot in this sport, having been the only person to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously. But if you were to beat Fedor, that would completely change your legacy. Do you think about what kind of legacy you want to have in this sport when you’re all done?
I don’t worry about that. What I like is the challenge of it. What motivates me is challenges and I think Fedor would be the ultimate challenge. If I were to beat Fedor I think that would be the biggest accomplishment of my career, and Fedor is someone I truly believe in my heart I’m capable of beating.
You think you can beat Fedor?
Absolutely. Obviously, I’d have to craft just the right game plan, especially because I think he has a great style, he hits hard and he’s not afraid to stand and bang and he’s very good on the ground. And he has obviously shown that he can stay relaxed and calm. It would be a huge challenge but I think there’s a good possibility that I’d beat him.
Yep, that’s what they all say.