Just two fights into his deal with Bellator MMA, Gegard Mousasi became the Middleweight champion by defeating Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 200 last Friday night (May 25, 2018) in London, England.
Meanwhile, “The Dreamcatcher” never got a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 185-pound strap during his 12-fight stint with the promotion that lasted four years, even after riding a five-fight win streak which included knockout wins over Vitor Belfort and former division kingpin Chris Weidman.
Still, you won’t find Gegard tooting his own horn as he boldly admitted that he isn’t the best middleweight in the world after capturing his first title in mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2011.
“Best middleweight? No, I don’t know I don’t think so. But that’s not my goal to be the best middleweight,” revealed Mousasi on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
That’s not to say he doesn’t believe in himself, as he is confident he could take out current UFC champion Robert Whittaker and the current No. 1 contender, Yoel Romero, who will fight for the second time at UFC 225 on June 9.
“But do I think I can fight Whittaker or Yoel Romero, Luke Rockhold. Or would’ve fought Michael Bisping when he was champion? Yeah, I think I would’ve been able to win,” he added, while saying his goal is just to win every fight put in front of him while collecting his paycheck.
“Just win my fights and make my money. Listen, everyone are fighting for money. I don’t know why people are, people come on this show and say they are fighting for honor or my country, all that nonsense,” he said. “If you don’t pay any of those fighters they don’t fight. Everyone is fighting for the paycheck. That’s what I do, I get paid to fight, there is nothing glamorous about it,” he concluded.
Currently riding a seven-fight win streak, Mousasi has his eyes set on a title fight against current Bellator Welterweight champion Rory MacDonald, next.
One Rory -- as well as Scott Coker — are interested in booking.