If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all. That’s the adage Gegard Mousasi stuck with when he spoke to 5thRound.com regarding Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal’s wrestling skills, as well as his “bitter” divorce with M-1 Global, the Russian-based company that had been directing his skyrocketing career.
Mousasi puts his light heavyweight title on the line for the first time when he meets the former Oklahoma State All-American wrestler tonight at “Strikeforce: Nashville.”
“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,” Mousasi told 5thRound.com of Lawal’s M.O. “Eventually, it’s going to be a standup fight so I’m very confident in my advantages.”
(Please watch our interview with Mousasi to catch his PRICELESS reaction to King Mo’s mat skills – 3:50 mark)
Following his abrupt exit from M-1 Global this past February, questions immediately sprouted regarding Mousasi’s current Strikeforce contract situation. On Thursday night, the 24-year-old inked a two-year, four-fight extension to remain with smaller organization – temporarily putting to bed talks of an Octagon emergence.
Tonight’s show will be jumping off from inside the Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee. The CBS primtetime broadcast kicks off at 9PM ET/PT.
Please click the media player below to watch Mousasi discuss his past, present and future in an exclusive interview with 5thRound.com: