The name Gegard Mousasi has been on the tips of MMA fans tongues for over a decade now. He has fought for every well-known organization imaginable with names like Pride, M1 Global, Strikeforce, UFC and now Bellator.
The 32-year-old is of Armenian descent but lives and fights out of the Netherlands. A lifelong mixed martial artist with a pro record of 42-6-2 he is one of the most accomplished fighters competing today.
He holds victories over some of the most known names in MMA history names such as Vitor Belfort, Mark Hunt, Chris Weidman and Dan Henderson among many other notable names.
He is a well-rounded and exciting fighter as his record shows with 35 of his 42 wins coming by way of a finish, 23 knockouts and 12 submissions. He is very dangerous wherever a fight may go.
Gegard is a multiple time world champion in many organizations he has held the DREAM and Cage Warriors middleweight championships and the Dream and Strikeforce light heavyweight championships, respectively.
Leaving the UFC for Bellator
A top five fighter in the UFC for many years he never really got his chance with the promotion and thus grew frustrated especially with the upcoming Georges St-Pierre vs Michael Bisping title fight. A fight which he feels he deserved and who can deny him that fact.
So no surprise that earlier in July of this year Mousasi announced he had signed a contract with Bellator. Since then, fans have awaited his debut eagerly. Initially expecting a title shot straight away, Gegard was a little disappointed, but he knows after an impressive debut performance his title shot will be undeniable.
Alexander Shlemenko will be a tough test for Gegard Mousasi on debut at Bellator 185.
With a win it seems Mousasi will get his middleweight title shot at champion Rafael Carvalho. That will just be the first step though as he has made it clear he wants the light heavyweight belt too and is preparing to take the belts in both weight classes.
It is a very exciting time for Bellator with such an accomplished fighter joining their ranks. I expect to see “The Armenian Assassin” as Bellator champion sooner rather than later and with a win tomorrow night he is one step closer to completing that goal.