Gegard Mousasi is certainly confident ahead of 2017.
Middleweight is currently boasting some of the UFC roster’s greatest talents and in the year 2016, had some of the craziest moments and match-ups.
Gegard Mousasi, the #5 ranked contender in the division had a year worthy of the highest praise. Not only did he avenge his nasty 2015 knockout loss at the hands of Uriah Hall in a main-event bout in Belfast, but he also managed to take home wins over Thales Leites, Thiago Santos and Vitor Belfort, picking up three KO wins for the year and one decision.
Gegard’s achievements for his relatively young age are highly impressive. At 31, he has competed in 49 professional MMA bouts, going 41-6-2 in the space of 13 years. He has held the DREAM and Strikeforce light-heavyweight championships and has gone 8-3 in his time in the UFC.
His fighting style, which is calm, collected and methodical, has allowed him to escape significant damage for the majority of his career and in recent times he has stated that despite the many miles on his clock, he genuinely feels he is in the shape and form of his career.
As the fifth ranked contender in the division, Gegard likely understands that he’ll probably need at least one more win before he attempts to add the UFC’s middleweight crown to his own collection but in a recent interview with the Daily Star, he expressed his confidence in the fact that he is the greatest 185lb-er on the planet.
“I’m coming for my belt. I’m in my prime, that’s all I can say. If they beat me, they beat the best Mousasi there is. I feel that if I fight smart, they cannot even touch me. They’re fighting a guy who is experienced, who is smart and I’ve got the total package to beat everybody. All I’m saying is I’m coming for the belt and it’s going to be mine in 2017.”
With Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman, Luke Rockhold & Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza currently ahead of Gegard in the queue, do not be surprised to see him paired up with one of these big names in order to establish a clearer title-picture if the next shot at Michael Bisping’s belt does, in fact, go to Yoel Romero.
With “the Count” Bisping sitting pretty atop the middleweight division at this point, you would have to think that if he does indeed manage to see the year out with his title-reign intact, it will prove 2017 to be an even greater year for the Englishman than the last.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena