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Midnight Mania! Gegard Mousasi is motivated by money, which is a real shocker

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Gegard Mousasi is a mystifying figure in MMA. A very active professional since 2003, Mousasi has fought and mostly won and mostly stopped his foes across the globe. In that time, Mousasi won titles in Bellator, Strikeforce, Dream, and left the UFC in 2017 on a five-fight win streak that saw him closing in on title contention.

Throughout his long career, never once has Mousasi appeared particularly flustered inside the ring. He’s also rarely one to show a major sense of urgency, and he’s occasionally prone to flat performances. He fought much bigger men for much of his career. In an interview with MMAFighting, Mousasi might have revealed the reason why his consistently successful career features some odd happenings.

Transcription via MMAFighting:

“I’m fighting to get paid. I’m not doing this because I love the sport so much. I’m not a crazy person. The motivation if I beat these guys, if I keep winning, my paycheck will go up eventually after my contract is done. That’s the motivation for me. It’s my job. The better you do, the more you make. It’s the same for a doctor or lawyer. If you’re a better lawyer, you’re going to make more money. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want to be the best fighter that I can be to beat these guys and then I get a better contract. That’s the whole thing that keeps me going. Fighting is not my life.”

Naturally, Mousasi’s pragmatic approach to the fight game will surely shock and horrify some fight fans, who still buy into some nonsense about the Bushido code and expect fighters to face all comers to defend their own honor. Ignoring those folks, however, it is an interesting insight into the mind of Mousasi. Aside from explaining his occasionally pedestrian nights at the office — go watch Mousasi sleepwalk through his bout with Keith Jardine, for example — it’s another piece of evidence that there is no one “correct” mindset that makes a great fighter.

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