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Interview Gegard dreamcatcher Mousasi about his ufc debut and more

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After a decade in the sport Gegard Mousasi (33-3-2) is just a few weeks away from his UFC debut in the Main Event of UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi, which will take place on April 6th, and for many this opportunity has been a long time coming. Mousasi has been considered one of the top talents outside of the UFC for quite some time and now makes the transition to the organisation off the back of ZUFFA closing the doors at Strikeforce earlier this year.

If you don’t know much about Gegard yet then a list of his previous accolades should go someway towards explaining why there is so much anticipation behind finally getting to see him ply his trade in the Octagon. He won the Netherlands Amateur Boxing Championship in 2001, is the former Cage Warriors Middleweight champion, former DREAM Middleweight & Light Heavyweight champion, 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, 2010 DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion, former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion, 2008 Bleacher Report Fighter Of The Year and 2009 World MMA Awards European Fighter Of The Year.

Mousasi comes into his fight with Alexander Gustafsson unbeaten in his last 6 fights, the most recent being a 1st round submission of Mike Kyle at the final Strikeforce event in January. As you would imagine with a fighter in a main event of a UFC show his time is at somewhat of a premium of late but he was good enough to catch up with us for a quick interview. Here is what he had to say

1 – What first got you into martial arts, where did you start & what was your first discipline?

I was training at Judo at the age of 9, after that I moved onto boxing and then MMA.

2 – It will be 10 years next month since your first professional MMA bout, what are your thoughts on your first decade in the sport?

MMA was not so big back then and now it is much bigger and much better. We also have many more young pepole who are training at a young age now.

3 – You’ve shared training camps with great fighters like Fedor Emelianenko and Alistair Overeem and competed against legends like Mark Hunt, Ronaldo Souza and Akihiro Gono… which other fighter has made the greatest impression on you?

I like GSP, I also train with him in US.

4 – Injury and cancelled Strikeforce events prevented you from fighting in 2012, how does it feel to put that year behind you and finally sign with the UFC?

It is difficult to be motivated always but it is my job and I love my job.

5 – You are due to make your UFC debut on 6th April against Alexander Gustafsson, how has training been so far and how do you see the fight going?

Training is very good, I have good teachers around me and I have a great training camp. I am in good shape and I will put on a great fight.

6 – You have fought and won titles around the world, but many UFC fans will be unaware of your accomplishments to date and see you as the underdog. How does that make you feel?

I always was the underdog and I do not pay much attention to that. They can think whatever they want about me, it is important to keep my focus.

7 – Gustafsson is seen as one of the top Light Heavyweight contenders in the UFC at moment so would you expect a win against him to put you close to a title shot?

I dont think about that yet, it is up to the UFC to make that decision. I accept anything as long as I fight.

8 – With all the talk of superfights out there recently, are there any fights in different divisions that would interest you?

I can also fight at Middleweight…

9 – Like one of our a favourite bands, System of a Down, you’re of Armenian descent. Are you a fan of system and if not, what music fills your playlists?

I know of this band and I like the songs of System of a Down. It is funny and different that an Armenian band sings not as a traditional band. We didn’t have anything like that before

10 – What would you say to any kids considering taking up MMA?

follow your dream always.

Last of all, a shout out to your sponsors, gym etc.

I train hard and I will put on a top fight for you guys, please come and watch the fight.

Thanks again to Gegard for taking time out of his schedule for us. If you would like to keep up with The Dreamcatcher you can find him on twitter @mousasi_mma, please head over and give him a follow.


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Rishi (1321 posts)
Posted: 2013-03-25 at: 04:42
War mousasi !!!!!
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