First I felt that the speed and explosiveness weren’t as good as they were before but it all came back by now. I feel stronger than ever. Definitely, it took some time but I feel myself very confident at this weight so I don’t think I will have problems in my future fights. I could have gone to Russia to train with Fedor but it turned out otherwise. I’d like to test myself with him now that I weigh more.
-- Gegard Mousasi, talking with M-1 Global about his move up to light heavyweight from middleweight and ultimately to heavyweight.
As a side note, Mousasi stated that he currently weighs approximately 216 pounds. And though the fight has yet to be confirmed, he says that Sokoudjou will likely be his next opponent at DREAM.9.