In terms of long-term potential, few mixed martial artists carry the value of Gegard Mousasi, a multi-lingual 24-year-old with talent to spare. Currently under contract to Strikeforce and Dream, he denies the UFC made a pitch for his services following the collapse of Affliction’s fight promotion wing in July.
“There’s never been an offer to me to fight in the UFC,” Mousasi told Sherdog.com in this exclusive video interview.
In the month since Affliction’s demise, Mousasi has become the Strikeforce light heavyweight champion. He smashed Brazilian veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral in exactly one minute to capture the belt in August, posting his 13th consecutive victory dating back to 2006.
“Basically, the fight went … it ended too quickly, so there wasn’t much he could offer,” Mousasi said. “It was a good fight for me for my U.S. debut.”
Check out TJ De Santis’ complete interview with Mousasi, as he touches on his marketability in North America, the second round of the Dream Super Hulk tournament on Oct. 6 in Japan and his decision to sign on for the EA Sports mixed martial arts video game.