In just a few hours, the UFC will open the doors to their 50th fight night event, and with it, a rematch that's been six years in the making. According to organization president, Dana White, the winner of the bout will be "pretty damn close" to a title shot, which adds another facet of intrigue to the fight. If you weren't interested in it before, you should be now.
Bloody Elbow recently spoke with Mousasi in a quick interview where he discussed the rematch with Jacare, a possible future fight with Luke Rockhold and his take on cutting weight. Here's what he had to say:
Well, it's a totally different fight this time, and I'm prepared for a different Jacare. I've had more time to prepare for this one, so I'm feeling really good going into it. I focused a lot on wrestling in camp, because I feel that's what it will come down to, whoever has the better wrestling. I'll probably be on the defensive side of the wrestling, and if I defend well, I feel that I'll win the fight.
The first fight happened quickly, ending in the first round. I can't take too much from that other than he's explosive. You can't look at that one round and say, ‘Oh, that's how he fights' because he didn't reveal much in those few minutes. Now, several years have passed and he's only gotten better.
He's a lot more experienced, he's bigger; he definitely cuts more weight these days. His stand-up has improved, and he's setting up his takedowns with good striking. He's improved a lot, so he's earned that Top 3 spot. I view this as a championship type fight, because I think any of the top guys have the potential and talent to be the champion right now.
With several fighters making their rounds in the news over poor weight cuts that could be potentially dangerous in the long term, there has been lots of conversation and debate over the necessity of a few additional weight classes. Gegard is one of folks on the other side of the argument. He feels that the weight classes already in place are sufficient enough without any bolstering.
I don't think we need more weight classes. These guys always want to have the biggest advantage, so even if there are more weight classes, they're going to do the same thing they are now. I've seen guys cutting 22 pounds right before weigh-ins. 22 pounds is a lot to cut in 24 or 48 hours. We're going to see a guy have a bad weigh cut from time to time. They don't always go well 100% of the time. If you have 100 guys cutting weight, one or two will probably be a bad cut.
Recently, another Top 10 UFC Middleweight, Luke Rockhold, stated that he would rather face the winner of Mousasi/Jacare than Lyoto Machida. This idea makes sense to Gegard, and he is very receptive to it.
I think it makes sense. Lyoto just got his title shot and is coming off a loss. If I win, and with Luke being on a two fight winning streak, I think he and I will be the best contenders, and of course, that's a fight that people want to see, so it makes perfect sense to me.
Lately, we (Bloody Elbow staff) have been trying to get a more accurate look at fighter weight cuts, for those of you who are wondering why this is a continuing trend in some of our features. The question is as follows: What weight do you walk at when not in fight camp? When midway through fight camp? How much weight do you put back on from weigh-ins to fight time?
I can get up to 215 [laughs]. Something like that, 210-215. Half way into fight camp, I'm around 195-200. After I weigh in, I put those 10-15 pounds back on. I'm probably right at 200 when I step into the Octagon.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Ronaldo Souza goes down tonight at the Foxwoods Casino at UFC Fight Night 50.