As evidenced by Saturday night’s whooping of light heavyweight champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg,” Gegard Mousasi is quietly becoming one of the world’s best pound-for-pound fighters. It took the Iranian all of 60 seconds to capture the 205-pound title, his second major belt in as many weight classes.
“I wanted to fight (a) stand-up fight,” Mousasi stated following his knockout win. “That was the game plan. But if I could win it with a takedown, I would’ve taken it.”
It was Babalu’s first title defense since taking Bobby Southworth’s strap back in November of 2008. The former UFC fighter had won five consecutive bouts entering the contest, however was clearly outclassed by a superior performer.
Speaking of winning streaks, Mousasi holds a dominating 26-2-1 record and has been perfect through his last 13. He recently abandoned his Dream middleweight title after winning their Grand Prix tournament tournament to pursue bigger challenges.
Mousasi has done all of his damage overseas, and that is the primary reason why most don’t know of him. Only a select few know enough about him to consider Mousasi one of the world’s best MMAers. His most recent mission found him in some unfamiliar territory, the Unites States.
“There was some pressure because it was in the U.S.,” Mousasi admitted. “I wanted to perform well. I am very happy. I am willing to fight anybody.”
Now that Mousasi will be a fixture in America’s mixed martial arts scene, expect to hear his name mentioned among the planet’s best fighters more often.
Gegard Mousasi, welcome to America.