Gegard Mousasi is one of the most Underrated fighters on the Bellator roster and in MMA as a whole. On Friday night he made a successful second title defense at Bellator Dublin when he faced off against a then undefeated Austin Vanderford. Mousasi now holds an impressive 49-7-2 record. The Kickboxer and Judo Black Belt has shown that he is at his best in the Bellator Cage where he has faced some of the most talented fighters outside of The UFC, the two time Bellator and former Strikeforce champ has shown amazing striking prowess with 28 Knockout and 12 Submission victories.
Mousasi was born August 1, 1985 in Tehran, Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. He spent time in a refugee camp before moving to Leiden Netherlands where he gained a passion for martial arts first in Judo and later in Boxing. Mousasi became an amatuer boxing champion with an impressive 12-1 record nine of those fights coming by way of knockout. He’d eventually find his way into Kickboxing with a perfect 5-0 record under both K-1 and Muay Thai rules He’d then turn his focus to Mixed Martial Arts where he could combine his skill in striking and judo.
Mousasi made his MMA debut in April 2003 when he faced off against Daniel Spek winning by TKO (Punches.) He’d then face Xander Nel winning by TKO (punches.) He’d then face Gilson Ferreira and this would be a draw for the young fighter who now held a 2-0-1 record. Mousasi would then focus his efforts on Niko Puhakka winning by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in September of 2004. He’d fight in various promotions before ending up in Pride, he’d then also fight for Dream winning the Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 winning the belt by Submission (Triangle Choke.) He’d also fight for Strikeforce capturing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.
When the UFC purchased Strikeforce Mousasi would move to the UFC with 19 other Strikeforce athletes. Mousasi would make his UFC debut against Ilir Latifi winning by Unanimous Decision in April of 2013. He’d then face Lyoto Machida losing by Unanimous Decision. Mark Muñoz would be next for Mousasi he’d win by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke.) He’d fight for the promotion for 4 more years with a record of 9-3 for the promotion. He’d then Join Bellator where he’d win the Middleweight world title with one successful title defense the first time and two title defenses.
We can’t wait to see who faces Mousasi next when he defends his title for a third time. We hope the MMA veteran can stay atop the fight game as long as possible.