Gegard Mousasi is Done Being MMA’s Best Unknown Superstar

Written by Tom Ngo
April 16th, 2010

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi owns an impressive 28-2-1 professional record and will be riding a 15-fight winning streak into Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Nashville” event. Despite his flawless resume, the majority of American MMA fans still have no clue who he is – let alone how sick his game may be.

“I think you need to be on CBS a couple times for people to remember you,” Mousasi told 5thRound.com of his popularity stateside. “I think one time is not going to be enough. I have the opportunity, I am very fortunate.

“Of course, when you get the chance you also have to take it, and I am planning on definitely showing a very good fight.”

Mousasi hasn’t lost a scrap in over three-and-a-half years, however most of his damage has been done overseas. Saturday’s battle with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will not only mark his third contest on American soil, but the second time his talents have been showcased on primetime television.

“Yeah, definitely,” Mousasi said when asked if he’s felt spoiled since joining Strikeforce in August of 2009. “[But] I’ve done my homework in Japan, so coming to the U.S. I was received very well. A lot of media attention, straight to a title fight.

“But you also need luck in this sport. There are some great fighters that never made it. You need the right timing, the right people around you.”

The last time “The Dreamcatcher” appeared on a CBS show, he posted a violent 2ndRound TKO over Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.”

Mousasi is fully aware that he’ll have to produce a similar result if he’s to launch himself towards superstardom. The spectacular finishes that MMA fans have recently been deprived of will certainly help Mousasi’s cause (Please see UFC 111 and UFC 112).

“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 stated. “I also have my submissions, so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight and definitely someone’s going to win early.”

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