Strikeforce’s Gegard Mousasi More Concerned with Money Than Legacy

Written by Tom Ngo
January 28th, 2010

Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi is considered by many as MMA’s best unknown superstar. Although Mousasi owns an impressive 28-2-1 record, he’s too busy thinking about money to be worried about his legacy.

“I don’t want to fight for too long,” Mousasi told MMAJunkie.com. “(At) 30, I’m finished. In my mind, (I just want) the amount of money that [would give me] a good life. Anymore than that, I don’t need.

“Until I don’t have the money that I want to have, I’m basically fighting to get there. Once I’m there and I’m one of the best, maybe I will fight for a place in the sport, remembered as one of the best. Until then, I’m basically fighting for money.”

Whatever motivates Mousasi, it appears to be working. After claiming Dream’s Middleweight Grand Prix in 2008, Mousasi voluntarily left the strap behind to focus on the 205-pound division. The striker jumped State-side and quickly claimed Strikeforce’s light heavyweight title with a 60-second shellacking of then-champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral in August.

Fans last saw Mousasi dominate  Gary Goodridge at “DYNAMITE!! 2009: Dream vs. WVR” this past New Year’s Eve. Although Goodridge wasn’t the most dangerous of opponents, Mousasi was able to rattle off  his 15th consecutive win.

According to the trusty rumor mill, Strikeforce is considering having Mousasi make his first title defense against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal on their second CBS broadcast on April 17th.

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