Gegard Mousasi: King Mo, Do You Have a Date for New Year’s Eve?

Written by Tom Ngo
May 21st, 2010

Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi

Gegard Mousasi has never been in the business of calling for opponents, however when someone brings your 15-fight winning streak to an abrupt halt, the change in personality is understandable.

During yesterday’s Dream.15 conference call, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ phoned-in to express his interest in a mulligan with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. The wrestler shocked the MMA world by defeating Mousasi last month at “Strikeforce: Nashville” to capture the crown.

“I don’t have a specific opponent that I want to fight,” Mousasi said. “I don’t know who is going to participate in the tournament, but I would love to fight King Mo again. I hope on New Year’s Eve I will get my shot at him.”

Although Dream didn’t confirm Mousasi’s involvement in the July 10th event, Mousasi spoke as though he’s definitely competing in the four-man light heavyweight grand prix inside the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

While it appeared as though King Mo out-wrestled Mousasi to earn the unanimous decision, the Armenian believes many other factors played a roll in his upset loss.

“I think it wasn’t my takedown defense,” Mousasi said. “I was, in my life, somewhere else maybe. I fought his fight. I didn’t sprawl, I wasn’t sharp. Maybe my condition should have been better.

“There are a lot of things that I could say that went wrong, but basically it comes to: he fought his fight and he won. I didn’t fight my fight. It wasn’t that my wrestling wasn’t good enough or my sprawl wasn’t good enough, I think I just fought stupid.”

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