After alternating wins and losses in his first five fights inside the Octagon, Gegard Mousasi looked to string together back-to-back wins for the first time since 2013 against Costas Philippou in the main event of UFC Fight Night 66 in Manila this Saturday morning (May 16, 2015).
After an early feeling out process, Gegard landed a takedown and proceeded to ride the entire round out on top of his foe; though he strayed pretty busy throughout with strikes mixed in with a couple of submission attempts that may have finished lesser fighters.
In round two, Gegard showed he wasn't afraid to stand with the former boxer, using his jab to lead in with a few well-placed strikes. After a low blow from Gegard, Costas came out aggressive only to get taken down, yet again, a few seconds later to end the round on his back.
Thankfully, the Filipino fans respect a ground fight, as the locals didn't boo the fact the Mousasi was content with putting Costas on his back in order to secure a win. Mousasi wanted the finish, but Philippou just would not give up inside the Octagon.
Instead, he got pounded on for three rounds.
Gegard was simply too strong, and too much for Costas, as "The Dreamcatcher" overwhelmed the striker for a full 15 minutes. It wasn't pretty, but it was definitely effective.
Question is, were you impressed with Mousasi's victory?
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