Archive for March, 2014

Mousasi believes victory over Lyoto Machida will land him title shot

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Gegard Mousasi has long cherished a dream of fighting for a championship belt in the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC and in the next few days, he will know what the future holds for him.

The Dutch Armenian fighter is a former Light Heavyweight champion at Strike Force and on the 15th of February, he will take on the former 205 lbs divisional champion Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 36 in Brazil in a 185 lbs category match.

While the Brazilian made a successful debut in the Middleweight division with a win over Mark Munoz, this will be the first time that Mousasi will fight at the category since 2008 and it will also be his first Middleweight fight under the UFC.

He began his career as a Light Heavyweight in the promotion but saw the Middleweight division as his best chance of winning championship gold. And in a recent interview with The MMA Hour, the 27 year old mentioned that he believes a win against Lyoto Machida would put him in pole position to land a shot at the UFC Middleweight Championship.

Mousasi stated that getting the chance to fight Machida excites him and he added that maybe if he beats him, he will get a shot at the title because there are not too many contenders at the top of the division right now.

And this has prepared him with the mentality that he has to win the fight and that is how he will go into the match.

But whether he can defeat Lyoto Machida is another question and whether he gets a shot at the title is altogether a different proposition altogether considering he has just two fights under his belt and it would be hard to deny Machida even if he loses the fight.