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Though his time inside the Octagon was fairly short, Gegard Mousasi is one of the most accomplished fighters of all time. The former Strikeforce, Dream, and Cage Warriors champ currently holds the Bellator Middleweight title, and he’s in pursuit of his 50th win as a professional. He’s only lost a single time in the last six years, winning 11 bouts in that span.
Mousasi left UFC for Bellator in 2017, during the midst of his current successful run and riding a major win streak over men like Chris Weidman and Thiago Santos. He was a top-ranked contender and closing in on his first title shot, but “The Dreamcatcher” decided on a different path.
The promotion and Mousasi were at odds over several issues, but perhaps the largest was the uniform issue. At the time, Mousasi was blasting Reebok, and though the official clothing partner is now Venum, he remains unimpressed. In his opinion, the uniform rules are another way for the promotion to sap income from its athletes.
“You took those away, you put Reebok. All the money went to UFC. Paying a fighter that can make $200K a fight, then it goes to $10K (because of) Reebok. That’s stealing from the fighter,” he told Robin Black (via BloodyElbow). “They could’ve said, ‘OK, f—k that.’ And then they killed the whole sponsorships, everything.”
Mousasi believes that the Reebok deal helped the UFC sell for $4 billion in 2016, another figure that the athletes never say any part of. All in all, Mousasi believes that the promotion’s general behavior was greedy.
“They could’ve sent every fighter $10K checks as an employee (as a) thank you for where we are now (after the sale). $10K is nothing,” he said. “They took the sponsorship, they put Reebok. I was making $6K with Reebok. (What) they were giving the fighters, it wasn’t always the best. They could’ve done a better job. You don’t have to be that greedy.”
There is quite literally no way that this fight is boring. I’ve never been more confident that a fight will deliver!
Henry Cejudo continuing to roleplay as Conor McGregor’s coach ...
MMA is different than boxing if you over turn your hips it leads to easy takedowns. It’s hard to recover your position if you over throw your hips. You essentially add more time to whatever punch you throw next. You really need to understand setup punches. - Sincerely the https://t.co/kjPhqKuuO1— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) May 20, 2022
Will Khabib and Islam Makhachev be the latest fighters to underrated Charles Oliveira based on old losses and then suffer the consequences?
"If you tap eight times in the UFC how can you say you have ground game?"@TeamKhabib offers some wrestling advice to Olympic champ @Henry_Cejudo.— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 20, 2022
And he isn't too worried about the ground game of @CharlesDoBronxs.
Henry Cejudo pic.twitter.com/MgHwHhDMLN
This is some strange behavior from the Figueiredo team.
Deiveson Figueiredo's coach wants Israel Adesanya in Kai Kara-France's corner for a potential title unification— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) May 19, 2022
Full @arielhelwani interview with @CPTdasAmericas ▶️ https://t.co/XHgZOgOrHb pic.twitter.com/XbvhFR8MPs
Instantly, this is the most interesting storyline ahead of UFC Vegas 55. Good luck dude!
Sparring with Gervonta Davis looks like a bad time.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
The Ruotolo brothers have incredible, electric jiu-jitsu.
Maki Pitolo made his Eagle FC debut in style with a sweet check hook KO!
Move head, fire punches, move head, fire more punches!
A strong big cat:
Midnight Music: Dream pop, 1996
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