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Gegard Mousasi (born August 1, 1985) is a professional Dutch-Armenian mixed martial artist and kickboxer. He is fighting out of Team jurojin in Leiden, Netherlands and is a member of Red Devil Sport Club. He is the former Dream Middleweight Champion, Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion and the current Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. Both Sherdog.com. MMAweekly.com rank Mousasi as the sixth best light heavyweight in the world.[1][2]. His last loss was to Japanese fighter Akihiro Gono at Pride Bushido 12 in 2006.

In February 2010, Mousasi left M-1 Global Management. Mousasi was quoted as saying "After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global," Mousasi wrote in the e-mail. "During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me. My management is being taken care of by someone close to me." [3]

BiographyEdit

Gegard Mousasi was born in Iran to ethnic Armenian parents during the Iran-Iraq War. At the age of 4, Mousasi and his family relocated to Leiden, Netherlands, where he finished grade school before developing an interest in martial arts.[4]

Early careerEdit

He started practicing Judo[5] and later boxing at age 15; twelve months later he became the amateur boxing champion of the Netherlands. He then switched to kickboxing and then eventually to mixed martial arts.[4]

DreamEdit

In the first round of the Dream's 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix at Dream 2, he defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Denis Kang by triangle choke. In the second round of the tournament, at Dream 4, he won a decision victory over Dong Sik Yoon and advanced to the final round which took place at Dream 6.[6] There he fought and submitted K-1 veteran Melvin Manhoef in the semi-finals before meeting up with submission specialist Ronaldo Souza in the final. Mousasi defeated Souza by an upkick after being taken down by the Brazilian, thus becoming the first Dream Middleweight Champion and 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament winner.

K-1 Dynamite!! 2008Edit

In somewhat of a surprise to the MMA world, Gegard agreed to take on Japanese K-1 fighter Musashi in a K-1 rules fight at Dynamite!! 2008. Being an open weight fight Gegard weighed in at 97.8 kg/216 lbs, all but confirming his desire to move up in weight classes. Gegard stated after winning the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix he would no longer fight at middleweight due to the large weight cut. Gegard was the rank outsider to win the match against the more experienced Musashi, but came out fast and scored a first round KO. Gegard went undefeated in 2008, going 6-0 in MMA, and 1-0 in K-1.

Move to light-heavyweight and heavyweightEdit

In interviews from early 2009, Mousasi stated the weight he put on after winning Dream's middleweight tournament was too much for him to cut back down to middleweight and that his next fights would be at light-heavyweight and eventually heavyweight instead.[7][8]

Mousasi submitted Mark Hunt in the first round of the Super Hulk Grand Prix at Dream 9.

Mousasi was set to fight Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1, 2009, but the event was cancelled after losing its main event 10 days prior to the event.[9] It was originally planned for him to face Vitor Belfort at that event, but there was a disagreement between both fighters over which weight class the fight would be fought at.[10] On Monday July 27, 2009 it was announced that the cancelled bout between Sobral and Mousasi would take place on the August 15 Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg card and the fight became a contest for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight championship. Mousasi defeated Sobral via KO in the first round to become the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion. At M-1 Breakthrough, an exhibition grappling match between new Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi and Fedor Emelianenko took place in which both showed great grappling throws and sweeps, but ended by Fedor submitting Mousasi by arm bar with one and a half minutes left in the first round.

Mousasi would go on to win his second Strikeforce bout by TKO (strikes), three minutes and forty-three seconds into the 2nd round against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou on November 7, 2009 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.[11]

Mousasi quickly defeated journeyman Gary Goodridge under MMA rules at Dynamite!! 2009.[12]

Mousasi is scheduled to defend the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship on April 17, 2010 against Muhammed Lawal at the promotion's next CBS event. [13]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

  • World MMA Awards
    • European Fighter of the Year 2009
  • 2009 Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 2008 Dream Middleweight Champion
  • 2008 Dream Middleweight GP Champion
  • 2006 Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
United States flag Muhammed Lawal Strikeforce: Nashville April 17, 2010 United States flag Nashville, Tennessee, USA For The Strikeforce LHW Championship
Win 28-2-1 Canada flag Gary Goodridge TKO (Punches) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 1 1:34 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Fought at Heavyweight
Win 27-2-1 Cameroon flag Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou TKO (Strikes) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers November 7, 2009 2 3:43 United States flag Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA Non title fight
Win 26-2-1 Brazil flag Renato Sobral KO (Punches) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 1 1:00 United States flag San Jose, California, USA Won Strikeforce LHW Championship
Win 25-2-1 22px Mark Hunt Submission (Kimura) DREAM.9 FWGP 2009 Second Round May 26, 2009 1 1:20 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk GP Quarter Final
Win 24-2-1 Brazil flag Ronaldo Souza KO (Upkick) DREAM.6 MW GP 2008 Final Round September 23, 2008 1 2:15 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Dream MW GP Final; Won Dream MW GP
Win 23-2-1 Netherlands flag Melvin Manhoef Submission (Triangle Choke) DREAM.6 MW GP 2008 Final Round September 23, 2008 1 1:28 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Dream MWGP Semi-Final
Win 22-2-1 South Korea flag Dong Sik Yoon Decision (Unanimous) DREAM.4 MW GP 2008 Second Round June 15, 2008 2 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan Dream MWGP Quarter-Final
Win 21-2-1 Canada flag Denis Kang Submission (Triangle Choke) DREAM.2 MW GP 2008 First Round April 29, 2008 1 3:10 Japan flag Saitama, Japan Dream MGWP Opening Round
Win 20-2-1 Germany flag Steve Mensing TKO (Punches) M-1: Slamm March 2, 2008 1 2:43 Netherlands flag Holland
Win 19-2-1 Brazil flag Evangelista Santos TKO HCF: Destiny February 1, 2008 1 3:42 Canada flag Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 18-2-1 Croatia flag Damir Mirenic TKO HCF: Title Wave October 19, 2007 1 4:46 Canada flag Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 17-2-1 United States flag Kyacey Uscola TKO Bodog Fight: Vancouver August 25, 2007 1 4:56 Canada flag Vancouver, Canada
Win 16-2-1 Russia flag Alexander Kokoev Submission (Choke) M-1 Battle on the Neva July 21, 2007 1 0:58 Russia flag St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 15-2-1 France flag Gregory Bouchelaghem Submission (Strikes) CWFC: Enter The Rough House December 9, 2006 1 2:20 England flag Nottingham, England Won Cage Warriors Middleweight title
Win 14-2-1 Cuba flag Hector Lombard Decision (Unanimous) Pride Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Japan flag Yokohama, Japan PRIDE 2006 WW GP Alternate Bout
Loss 13-2-1 Japan flag Akihiro Gono Submission (Armbar) Pride Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 2 4:24 Japan flag Nagoya, Japan PRIDE 2006 WW GP Quarterfinal
Win 13-1-1 Japan flag Makoto Takimoto TKO (Broken Eye Socket) Pride Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 1 5:34 Japan flag Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 WW GP Opening Round
Win 12-1-1 Japan flag Hidetada Irie TKO (Punches) Deep 24 Impact April 11, 2006 2 1:29 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 11-1-1 Croatia flag Sanjin Kadunc TKO (Strikes) Future Battle March 5, 2006 1 0:35 Netherlands flag Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Win 10-1-1 Netherlands flag Andre Fyeet TKO 2H2H: Mixed Fight December 17, 2005 1 0:40 Netherlands flag Holland
Win 9-1-1 Japan flag Tsuyoshi Kurihara KO (Knee) Deep 22 Impact December 2, 2005 1 0:10 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 8-1-1 Netherlands flag Stefan Klever TKO (Punches) Bushido Europe: Rotterdam Rumble October 9, 2005 1 3:39 Netherlands flag Rotterdam, Holland
Win 7-1-1 Netherlands flag Chico Martinez Submission (Rear Naked Choke) JE: Holland vs Russia April 24, 2005 1 4:27 Netherlands flag Holland
Win 6-1-1 Ireland flag John Donnelly Submission (Armbar) Rings: Bushido Ireland March 12, 2005 1 1:02 Ireland flag Ireland
Loss 5-1-1 Lithuania flag Petras Markevičius Submission (Armbar) Fight Festival 13 February 28, 2005 2 1:49 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
Win 5-0-1 Russia flag Erik Oganov Submission (Rear Naked Choke) M-1: International Fight Night February 5, 2005 1 2:16 Russia flag St. Petersburg, Russia
Win 4-0-1 Netherlands flag Rody Trost TKO (Strikes) IMA: Mix Fight December 19, 2004 1 3:18 Netherlands flag Landsmeer, Holland
Win 3-0-1 Finland flag Niko Puhakka Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Fight Festival 11 September 11, 2004 2 2:17 Finland flag Helsinki, Finland
Draw 2-0-1 Brazil flag Gilson Ferreira Draw Together Productions: Fight Gala November 15, 2003 2 5:00 Netherlands flag Zaandam, Holland
Win 2-0 Netherlands flag Xander Nel TKO (Strikes) IMA: Mixfight Gala October 12, 2003 1 1:05 Netherlands flag Badhoevedorp, Holland
Win 1-0 Netherlands flag Daniel Spek TKO (Cut) 2H2H: 1st Open Team Mixfight Championships April 27, 2003 1 3:40 Netherlands flag Amsterdam, Holland

Kickboxing record Edit

7 Wins (4 (T)KO's, 3 decisions), 0 Losses
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time Notes
2008-12-31 Win Japan flag Musashi Dynamite!! 2008 Saitama, Japan TKO (Referee stoppage) 1 2:32 K-1 debut (K-1 rules 3 X 3)
2004-10-16 Win Netherlands flag Enrico Grootenhuis Muaythai & Mixfight Gala Emmen, Netherlands KO 1 0:35 Muaythai (B-class 5 X 2)
2003-06-14 Win Netherlands flag Surinder Baghola Muay Thai Warrior Rhoon, Netherlands TKO 1 1:04 Muaythai (C-class 3 X 2)
2003-01-25 Win Netherlands flag Arno Hilckmann Muay Thai Gala Alkmaar, Netherlands Decision (Unanimous) 3 2:00 Muaythai (C-class 3 X 2)

References Edit

  1. http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/3/Sherdog-Official-Mixed-Martial-Arts-Rankings-21717
  2. http://web.archive.org/20060306182647/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/topten.asp?articleid=15&zoneid=15
  3. http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Mousasi-Leaves-M-1-Global-22601.html
  4. 4.0 4.1 Leidecker, Tim. "Europe's Best-Kept Secret". Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-25.
  5. Exclusive: Gegard Mousasi. M1mixfight.com (2008-09-19). Retrieved on 2009-02-25.
  6. Sherdog.com. Fight Finder - Dream 4 - Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Quarterfinals. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-25.
  7. Gegard Moussasi Plans to Move Up from Middleweight. MMAUniverse.com (2009-01-20). Retrieved on 2009-02-25.
  8. Hunt, Loretta (2009-02-14). Middleweight Mousasi To Take Heavyweight Leap. Sherdog.com. Retrieved on 2009-02-14.
  9. Affliction Releases Official Statement on Cancellation. The Fight Network (2009-07-24). Retrieved on 2009-07-24.
  10. Stupp, Dann. Mousasi refuses Affliction III middleweight bout, challenges Belfort to catch-weight. MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved on May 30, 2009.
  11. Gegard Mousasi vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou completes Strikeforce's Nov. 7 CBS lineup. mmajunkie.com (2009-10-09). Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved on 2009-10-09.
  12. Gegard Mousasi Respectfully Dispatches Gary Goodridge. headkicklegend.com. Retrieved on 2009-12-31.
  13. KING MO VS MOUSASI SET TO RUMBLE ON CBS. mmaweekly.com. Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved on 2010-03-01.

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