Light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi recently told 5thRound.com that fans need to keep their eyes peeled at “Strikeforce: Nashville” because his title defense against the dangerous Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal won’t last long.
“It’s definitely not going to be a decision. He’s a strong guy that likes to knock out people, and I like to knock out people too,” Mousasi told 5thRound.com. “I also have my submissions, so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight and definitely someone’s going to win early.”
The Armenian fighter exploded onto the MMA scene when he steamrolled through the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix in 2008 by notching wins over Denis Kang, Dong Sik Yoon, Melvin Manhoef and Ronaldo Souza, en route to capturing the crown.
While Lawal is relatively new to the sport, he owns a perfect 6-0 professional record and has posted devastating finishes in five of those victories. The wrestler has been refining his skills with UFC middleweight Mark Munoz at Reign Training Center, so Mousasi will need to be cautious of his ground-and-pound.
Although “The Dreamcatcher” is well aware of King Mo’s gameplan, the champ didn’t appear too worried that his 15-fight winning streak would be coming to an end on Saturday inside the Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.
“If he takes me down, he’s going to punch me 1-2 times, but I don’t feel like he’s going to hurt me on the ground. Eventually, it’s going to be a standup fight so I’m very confident in my advantages,” Mousasi matter-of-factly stated.
While the soft-spoken champ may have the edge with the jab, King Mo is unmatched with the gift of gab. The pair have been engaged in a well-publicized verbal spat, mostly one-sided, and that’s what has added fuel to Mousasi’s fire.
“His trash talk helps me a lot. I’m very motivated for this fight especially. I’m very hungry to win the fight and I’m going to make sure they’re going to see it in the fight,” Mousasi stated.
Mousasi holds a dominant 28-2-1 mark and hasn’t lost a fight in three-and-a-half years. He was last seen annihilating Gary Goodridge at “DYNAMITE!! 2009: Dream vs. WVR” this past New Year’s Eve.
Make sure to check back on Friday to watch our complete video interview with Mousasi.