Well, isn’t this a refreshing Goddamn attitude to hear from a Strikeforce champion:
“I know that the best fighters in my weight fight in the UFC but I’m still young and very happy with Strikeforce as a company. I’ve signed a contract with them and I will fight the fights they give me…There are so many things possible in a short time, maybe I lose two times and the UFC doesn’t want me at all. That’s why I focus on one fight at a time. My goal in the future is of course to become UFC champion but I’m not in a rush. I’m happy with Strikeforce now and that’s the most important things. I’m now champion and want to defend with honor and dignity. It’s up to fighters like Fedor, Alistair and me to show great fights and make Strikeforce look good. I still believe Strikeforce is the company with the most growth potential. By the way maybe the UFC champions will come to Strikeforce and challenges us for the belt (laughs).”
I’m not going to lie to you – my favorite part is the laugh at the end. I don’t know if it was like ‘oh shit, everyone is looking at me like I’m insane, better indicate I was joking’ or ‘fuck, even I can’t sell this shit’, but either way, I’m laughing along with him. I also don’t disagree with much else he said – dude is 24 years old and takes the long view when it comes to his career while still aiming for the most prestigious belt in the sport. And, clearly, Strikeforce has the most growth potential, but that’s really because of just how damn small and regional they are, and my local movie store has more growth potential than Blockbuster for the same reason. I’m pretty sure those kind folks down the street would take the trade. Regardless, good on the guy for putting pressure on himself to help the company succeed.
I like Mousasi and I’ve posted on him several times – it’s not often that a guy destroys a top fifteen fighter in his first fight at a heavier weight, and Gegard made it look easy. I am okay with him, unlike Fedor, continuing to clean out the best at his weight class outside of the UFC. He’s not in his prime yet, there are a couple of other challenges remaining for him (Mousasi also reveals that he’s rooting for Strikeforce to sign Ricardo Arona on his blog) and I think the LHW division is probably, top to bottom, the UFC’s strongest. It’s nice to know that he’s not going to be happy until he challenges himself against the best – I’m more of a fan now than I was before (commence charges of Zuffa nuthugging).