Not too many moons ago, Gegard Mousasi was donning the Strikeforce light heavyweight crown and considered by many as the best 205-pounder outside of the Octagon. Fast forward 12 months and the 25-year-old is without his hardware and facing a no-win situation this Saturday against last-minute substitute Keith Jardine.
“This kind of fight is where I have the most to lose because people expect me to win, especially since he’s taking the fight on such short notice,” Mousasi told BleacherReport. “This is the type of fight that I can’t win a lot, because if I win they’ll say that, ‘Well, you won over somebody that wasn’t prepared,’ and if I lose, it’s (to) somebody that got kicked out of the UFC.
“It’s a difficult situation and there’s not much I can gain.”
On the flipside, Jardine really has nothing to lose – except for the fight, of course. However, it’s certainly worth the roll of the dice, as he dropped four consecutive scraps in the UFC before getting cut.
He then went on to lose his first bout outside of the Octagon, but will be riding a two-fight winning streak into the Valley View Casino in San Diego, California this weekend.
“He’s got nothing to lose and this is his way back to Zuffa or the UFC and he’s a dangerous opponent,” Mousasi said. “He beat Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, both former UFC champions. He’s not someone to take lightly. He can be dangerous in his awkward standup.”
“The Dreamcather” owns a 30-3-1 professional record, with 27 of his wins coming via finish. The last time Mousasi was seen inside of a Strikeforce cage, Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal thoroughly outwrestled him to not only steal his light heavyweight belt, but snap his 15-fight win streak, as well.
Mousasi and Jardine square off this Saturday at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley.” Showtime will broadcast the event at 10PM ET/PT.