One of mixed martial arts most promising talents will no longer answer to the powers that be under the M-1 Global banner, as Gegard Mousasi announced the end of his business relationship with the Vadim Finkelchtein-led fight promotion.
From "The Dreamcatcher," courtesy of Sherdog.com:
"After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global. 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 [now] being taken care of by someone close to me."
Aside from capturing the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship from Renato Sobral in August 2009, Mousasi (28-2-1) is the winner of 15 straight fights and continues to dominate at home and overseas.
In fact, the former DREAM champion will return to Japan to compete in the promotion's light heavyweight grand prix in late spring.
The Armenian is still under contract with Strikeforce and is expected to compete against "King Mo" Lawal at the upcoming Strikeforce/CBS card in April.
But now that he is no longer shackled by the M-1 organization, there is a chance we could see Mousasi in the UFC at somepoint in the near future. And given his intentions to eventually compete at heavyweight, things could get real interesting over the next year or so.