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It’s getting harder to deny Gegard Mousasi’s greatness ... not that I’m sure why anyone would want to!
Mousasi has been a highly skilled fighter for a long, long time, and he’s one of the best finishers in the sport. A pro since 2003, the 36-year-old Mousasi is one of extremely few PRIDE FC veterans still performing at a very high level. Since leaving UFC as a top-ranked Middleweight on a five-fight win streak in 2017, Mousasi has captured and defended the Bellator 185-pound crown.
On Friday, Mousasi faced off with a tough, undefeated Austin Vanderford, a talented wrestler some expected to really challenge “The Dreamcatcher.” Instead, Mousasi spanked the No. 1-ranked contender, stopping him via strikers in just over a minute (HIGHLIGHTS). For the first time, Mousasi called himself the best Middleweight in the world after the fight. Of course, Israel Adesanya is in the midst of his own tremendous peak, so that’s not a settled argument by any means.
What is certain, however, is that Mousasi is really damn good. Former Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, went online after Mousasi’s win to congratulate him, and he also labeled Mousasi “the most underrated fighter in MMA.”
That’s high praise from the active coach and promoter, who knows a thing or two about MMA talent. Mousasi recently revealed that he intends to retire with Bellator, but perhaps there’s still time for a stint in Eagle FC?
Either way, appreciate Mousasi while he’s around, because he’s a special fighter.
Booked or not, Gregor Gillespie is trying to score a fight with any top-ranked Lightweight.
Mauricio Rua and Ovince Saint Preux have been booked to rematch at UFC 274. Does this seem necessary? No. Will we all still watch? Yes.
BREAKING! Maurício ‘Shogun’ encara Ovince Saint Preux no UFC 274, em maio. Mais informações em instantes no site da ag fight— Ag. Fight (@AgFight) February 25, 2022
Another pair of fight bookings, both of which sound like fun kickboxing matches to me.
Luta nova no UFC 274: @alannuguette enfrenta Michael Johnson pelo peso-leve em duelo de veteranos. Nuguette estará no mesmo evento que seu companheiro de treinos @CharlesDoBronxs https://t.co/QN8RcK5j4y— Adriano Albuquerque (@Adrianoreporter) February 25, 2022
It’s likely not a surprise that Fabio Cherant is gone after his rather uninspired performance last weekend.
❌ Fighter removed: Fabio Cherant— UFC Roster Watch (@UFCRosterWatch) February 25, 2022
With current champ Oleksandr Usyk as well as the Klitschko brothers both in Ukraine, Heavyweight boxers are overly represented in this conflict.
209 Stockton What > paranormal activity.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
A killer throw followed by a mean right hand — Gallon deserves both highlight clips!
This is a pretty uncommon position to finish a guillotine, and it’s only possible when the choke arm is very deep.
Kryklia badly stunned him with the first knockdown then finished to the body with a well-placed right kick.
Ukraine's Roman Kryklia successfully defends his ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing title against former ISKA world champion Murat Aygun and earns a 50K dollar bonus. pic.twitter.com/vZF6jUmJZV— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) February 25, 2022
Playing with food.
Midnight Music: Dream pop duo Beach House released their eighth LP this week, Once Twice Melody. It’s very pleasant; the band has yet to release a bad album.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.