Gegard Mousasi has lately become the most sought after UFC interview, thanks to a newly-found, unfiltered voice he’s given rise to. The 31-year-old striking specialist has long been a favorite of hardcores, but with his budding penchant for verbal slicing and dicing, he’s been finding some notoriety among more casual fans, too. With the clock winding down to fight night, the “Dreamcatcher” has turned the PR dial up to 11, dropping quote gold all over the MMA mediascape. Recently speaking to the Three Amigos Podcast, Mousasi fielded several questions, all in keeping with the direct tone he’s taken over the last several months.
Mousasi meets former middleweight division champion Chris Weidman this Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC 210 where the native New Yorker will look to break his two-fight skid against the Dutchman. Sometimes, a giant chip on your shoulder in the shape of a social media call-out might be just the motivator you need when the comfort of your last win is three fights back. Weidman recently told FOX Sports’ Damon Martin that he took it personally when Mousasi’s Twitter account dropped the call-out in question, and was using that as motivation in training for this fight. Mousasi had a different story about the incident, though.
“First of all, I didn’t challenge him [Weidman]. The UFC wanted to make that fight. I asked for Whittaker and other, different guys, but the UFC said they were not available. It was the UFC that was pushing for that fight. We were just looking for a fight, and open to fight anybody. We even said Tim Boetsch would work. It’s not me who pushed the fight. Those twitters that were sent to him, it wasn’t me. I can tell you that. I don’t do my Twitter.”
“I respect the guy” he continued. “Of course, it would have been better for him to take an easier fight. I know he’s coming off two losses, but I’m the one that’s a step down in competition? I don’t know… he’s gonna pay for his words on April 8th.
I know he gets confidence from watching the fights that I lost, but I’ve got a big surprise for him when his takedown doesn’t work. He’s gonna not be the same guy. That’s what I’m confident about.”
There has been plenty of dissonance from fans and other fighters towards the proposed bout between Michael Bisping and the returning Georges St-Pierre. Even though a press conference was held to announce the fight, Bisping recently called the former welterweight kingpin out for not signing the bout agreement. He then declared that if GSP didn’t get the issue resolved quickly, he would go ahead and fight Number 1 contender Yoel Romero first. However, Mousasi isn’t buying what “The Count” is selling.
“That’s a big lie. He just wants to say that. Of course, he has to fight Yoel Romero eventually. It’s not like he’s afraid to or that he won’t do it, but he’s trying to make other fights before he gets to the one that’s most difficult. That’s the truth.
I just don’t believe it. I know Bisping is a nice guy, but he’s full of shit sometimes [laughs]. If he wanted to fight Yoel Romero, he would’ve done it already, so I don’t believe him.”
Recently, fellow middleweight Luke Rockhold called out Top 5 heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, citing an old beef as the reason. The proposed fight was declined by the UFC, but it’s not so far out of the realm of possibility. Conor McGregor jumped from 145 straight to 170, so it’s not completely implausible to think that a two-division leap could happen. Under the right circumstances, Mousasi says he’s be willing to take some contests at both light heavyweight and heavyweight.
“If they gave me a fight that made sense at light heavyweight, of course I would take it. I wanted to step in for DC and Anthony Johnson both times when their opponents fell out. The UFC was willing to do it, but then Anderson Silva showed up and he stole my fight. Anthony Johnson didn’t want to fight, he wanted to wait for DC. It’s not my problem. I’m open to those fights.
I’ve fought at heavyweight before. I’ve fought Mark Hunt who was 130 kilos. He was a heavy guy to take down and control and submit. Heavyweight is the easiest division. These guys are just big and strong. When I look at the heavyweights, they’re not good in all areas, they’re just heavy and big and strong. That’s it. Easiest division.
I wouldn’t fight Cain Velasquez [laughs]. That guy is just too good. He’s the best heavyweight, in my opinion. Some heavyweight fighters, I would do it, but I would still have to have a fair chance. I can’t just go right in and fight a Top 5 heavyweight, but some of them are definitely beatable.”
Moving from one weight division to another isn’t the only crossover we’ll be seeing in the near future. A complete sport crossover is expected to be announced any day now, as lightweight champion Conor McGregor and this generation’s pound-for-pound boxing king, Floyd Mayweather, have been negotiating a bout under boxing rules for the last few months. While Weidman thinks McGregor may surprise the critics, Mousasi wasn’t quite as accepting of the idea.
“Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, that’s the stupidest fight ever. Of course Mayweather is gonna win. People are trying to sell the fight as Conor having a puncher’s chance. Give me a break. Those are big gloves. The guy is a pound-for-pound boxer. You’re not gonna defeat him.
It’s just them needing to sell the fight, so they say he’s [affected voice] ‘He’s bigger, younger and has a puncher’s chance.’ Go. Go sell that medicine, man. Don’t come here and lie to people. That’s not the truth. That’s really not the truth. It’s just an easy fight for Mayweather.”
There was plenty more in this interview, including the best advice he’s ever gotten, his worst weight cut (he cut weight in the snow), how he thinks Cormier/Johnson will go, gym tips and more. You can listen HERE at the 44:00 mark of the audio.
Gegard Mousasi vs Chris Weidman is the featured co-main event of UFC 210 and will be broadcast live on PPV from Buffalo, NY.
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