Gegard Mousasi

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Gegard Mousasi
Gegard Mousasi.jpg
Gegard Mousasi in 2009, at the weigh-in before the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event.
Born (1985-08-01) August 1, 1985 (age 29)
Tehran, Iran
Other names The Armenian Assassin
The Dreamcatcher
Nationality Dutch
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight (2009–2013)
Middleweight (2003–2008, 2014)
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Leiden, Netherlands
Team Red Devil Sport Club
Team Jurojin
Golden Glory
Hayastan Studio
Main Event Gym
Glendale Fight Club
Team Schreiber
Rank First degree black belt in Judo[2]
Master of sports in Boxing
Years active 2003–present
Kickboxing record
Total 8
Wins 8
By knockout 3
Mixed martial arts record
Total 41
Wins 35
By knockout 18
By submission 12
By decision 5
Losses 4
By submission 2
By decision 2
Draws 2
Amateur boxing record
Total 13
Wins 12
By knockout 9
Losses 1
Other information
Notable relatives Gewik Mousasi (brother)
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Gegard Mousasi (Armenian: Գեղարդ Մուսասին, born 1 August 1985), is a Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[3] He is fighting out of Team Jurojin in Leiden, Netherlands and is a member of Russian Red Devil Sport Club and Netherlands' Golden Glory. He is the former DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion, former DREAM Middleweight Champion, and the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. As of June 2, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC Middleweight rankings.[4]He holds notable wins over Mark Hunt, Jacare Souza, Hector Lombard, Mark Munoz and Ovince St. Preux.

Background[edit]

Mousasi was born in Tehran,[5] Iran to ethnic Armenian parents during the Iran–Iraq War. At the age of four,[6] Mousasi and his family relocated to Leiden, Netherlands, where he finished grade school before developing an interest in martial arts.[7] Mousasi began training in judo[8] at the age of eight[5] and later boxing at age 15; a year later he became the amateur boxing champion of the Netherlands with a 12-1 record, earning nine knockouts. Mousasi then transitioned into kickboxing and then eventually to mixed martial arts.[7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Pride FC Welterweight Grand Prix[edit]

In 2006 Mousasi signed with Pride FC to take part in Pride's Welterweight Grand Prix. In the opening round Mousasi faced Makoto Takimoto, at Pride Bushido 11, beating the Japanese fighter by TKO as the result of a broken eye socket in the first round. In the quarter-finals Mousasi went on to face Akihiro Gono, but was submitted in the second round by an armbar. After losing to Gono, Mousasi fought Hector Lombard in the Grand Prix Alternate bout and took a unanimous decision victory over the Cuban fighter.

Dream Middleweight Grand Prix[edit]

In the first round of the Dream's 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix at Dream 2, Gegard defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Denis Kang by triangle choke. Kang had defeated Gono in the semifinals of the Pride Welterweight Grand Prix. In the second round of the tournament, at Dream 4, Mousasi won a decision victory over Dong Sik Yoon and advanced to the final round, which took place at Dream 6.[9] There he fought and submitted K-1 veteran Melvin Manhoef in the semi-finals before meeting up with submission specialist Ronaldo Souza in the final. Mousasi defeated Souza by an upkick after being taken down by the Brazilian, thus becoming the first Dream Middleweight Champion and 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix tournament winner. Souza went on to win the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.

ADCC Championships[edit]

In November 21, 2008, ADCC Europe president Marko Leistén confirmed the signing of Mousasi as one of 2009's ADCC Championships. It was rumored he would fight in the under 88 kg. For unknown reasons, Mousasi never participated in the ADCC 2009 Championships.

M-1 Global[edit]

Gegard Mousasi next made an appearance at M-1 Global's Breakthrough event at August 28, 2009, where he sparred with former Pride Heavyweight and current WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko, a friend and teammate, in an exhibition match. The two friends fought a competitive and friendly spirited exhibition with several Judo throws from both Emelianenko and Mousasi. Mousasi was defeated with a straight armbar.[10]

In February 2010, Mousasi left M-1 Global Management. Mousasi was quoted as saying "After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global," Mousasi wrote in the e-mail. "During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me. My management is being taken care of by someone close to me."[11]

Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix[edit]

In interviews from early 2009, Mousasi stated the weight he put on after winning Dream's middleweight tournament was too much for him to cut back down to middleweight and that his next fights would be at light-heavyweight and eventually heavyweight instead.[12][13]

Then he signed for a place at Dream's openweight Grand Prix, the Super Hulk Grand Prix, being schedule to face Mark Hunt in the opening round. Mousasi submitted Hunt in the first round of the Super Hulk Grand Prix at Dream 9. Mousasi was then expected to face Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at Dream 11, but he had to step down due to injury.

Affliction[edit]

Mousasi was set to fight Renato "Babalu" Sobral at Affliction: Trilogy on August 1, 2009, but the event was cancelled after losing its main event 10 days prior to the event.[14] It was originally planned for him to face Vitor Belfort at that event, but there was a disagreement between both fighters over which weight class the fight would be fought at.[15]

Strikeforce and Dream[edit]

On Monday July 27, 2009 it was announced that the cancelled bout between Sobral and Mousasi would take place on the August 15 Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg card and the fight became a contest for the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship. Mousasi defeated Sobral via KO in the first minute of the first round to become the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.

Mousasi would go on to win his second Strikeforce bout by TKO (strikes), three minutes and forty-three seconds into the 2nd round against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, who Mousasi was previously supposed to fight at Dream 11, on November 7, 2009 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.[16] Mousasi was originally slated to defend his Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship, but eventually competed in a non-title bout.[17]

Mousasi quickly defeated journeyman Gary Goodridge under MMA rules at Dynamite!! 2009.[18]

On April 17, 2010, Mousasi lost the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship belt in his first defense to Muhammed "Mo" Lawal by way of unanimous judge's decision after Lawal landed 11 of 14 takedowns.[19] Mousasi had outlanded Lawal in Total Punches 171 to 125 however, the majority of those strikes were thrown and landed while he was on his back which generate less power.[20]

Dream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix[edit]

The 1st round took place at Dream 15, where Mousasi faced Jake O'Brien, who came overweight to their bout. Dream officials made it a catchweight fight, but allowed the fight to be part of the tournament. Mousasi won the fight early in the first round by submission via guillotine choke. In the final, Mousasi faced Tatsuya Mizuno. Mousasi dominated the whole fight and finished the Japanese fighter in the first round by submission via rear naked choke.

Last of Strikeforce[edit]

Mousasi was expected to face Mike Kyle on April 9, 2011 at Strikeforce 33. However, Kyle was forced off the card with an injury and was replaced by Keith Jardine.[21] The fight resulted in a majority draw, mainly due to an illegal upkick in the first which resulted in a point deduction for Mousasi. According to Fightmetric statistics, Mousasi outstruck Jardine 146 to 21. After the fight in an interview with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting.com, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated “I’ve got a lot of respect for Keith Jardine, but I think Gegard won the fight.”[22] In the same interview, Coker also stated that a rematch between Mousasi and Jardine was definitely a possibility for the future. MMA Fighting.com named this fight their Runner-Up for "Robbery of the Half-Year."[23]

Mousasi returned to Strikeforce to face Ovince St. Preux on December 17, 2011 at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision, showing improved takedown defense and wrestling.

Mousasi was expected to face Mike Kyle at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, but Kyle once again withdrew due to injury.[25]

Mousasi was later recovering from knee surgery following a torn ACL and was expected to fully recover by November, 2012.[26] He also signed a new contract for six more fights with the organization, making a total of seven. However, with Strikeforce having shut down,[27] this contract was likely now null and void.

Mousasi faced Mike Kyle at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[28] After stunning and knocking Kyle down with strikes, Mousasi finished the fight via rear naked choke submission late in the first round. This was the fourth time a fight between Mousasi and Kyle was scheduled and the first time it wasn't canceled.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On January 15, 2013, the UFC announced[3] Mousasi would be joining 19 other Strikeforce fighters in a move to the UFC after his win over Mike Kyle at the promotion's last event, Strikeforce: Marquardt vs Saffiedine.

Mousasi was expected to make his promotional debut against Alexander Gustafsson on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[29] However, on March 30, Gustafsson suffered a cut in training and, on April 2, was deemed unclear to participate by the Swedish MMA Federation.[30] Gustafsson was replaced by Ilir Latifi, a UFC newcomer and training partner of Gustafsson.[31] Mousasi won by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), avoiding his opponent's takedown attempts and dominating the fight on the feet. He fought with an injured knee and underwent surgery after the fight. UFC President Dana White praised Mousasi for going through with the fight injured and in his opponents home, as well as accepting a late change of opponents.[32]

Move to Middleweight[edit]

For his second fight with the promotion, Mousasi moved down to Middleweight to face former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida on February 15, 2014 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 36.[33] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Despite the loss on his record, the bout won Mousasi his first Fight of the Night bonus award.[34]

Mousasi faced Mark Muñoz on May 31, 2014 in the main event at UFC Fight Night 41.[35] He won the fight via submission in the first round and became the first fighter to submit Muñoz. The win also earned Mousasi his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[36]

Mousasi was expected to rematch Ronaldo Souza on August 2, 2014 at UFC 176.[37] However after UFC 176, was cancelled, Mousasi/Souza was rescheduled and is now expected to take place on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50.[38]

Kickboxing career[edit]

K-1 Dynamite!! 2008[edit]

In somewhat of a surprise to the MMA world, Mousasi agreed to take on Japanese K-1 fighter Musashi in a K-1 rules fight at Dynamite!! 2008. Being an open weight fight Mousasi weighed in at 97.8 kg/216 lb, all but confirming his desire to move up in weight classes. Mousasi stated after winning the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix he would no longer fight at middleweight due to the large weight cut. Mousasi was the rank outsider to win the match against the more experienced Musashi, but came out fast and scored a first round KO. Mousasi went undefeated in 2008, going 6–0 in MMA and 1–0 in K-1.

K-1 Dynamite!! 2010[edit]

After a lot of speculation about Mousasi's opponent for 2010 New Year's Eve, Mousasi was set to face Kyotaro, the K-1 Heavyweight Champion, in a K-1 rules bout. The Armenian brought the fight to Kyotaro and in the second round Mousasi knocked the Japanese fighter down, almost finishing him. Mousasi then won a unanimous decision victory from the judges.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

It was revealed on January 31, 2011 that Mousasi was considering trying out for the 2012 Summer Olympics at the category of boxing. Mousasi would try to qualify himself through Netherlands qualifiers.[39] His management said that it would make him a better fighter. Mousasi is already known in amateur boxing, being a former Netherlands amateur boxing champion.

Following an injury and the signing of a new contract with Strikeforce, he gave up interest in competing in the Olympics.[40]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • World MMA Awards
    • 2009 European Fighter of the Year
  • Inside MMA
    • 2008 Biggest Breakthrough Bazzie Award

Amateur Boxing[edit]

  • Nederlandse Boks Bond
    • Netherlands Amateur Boxing National Championship (2001)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Ronaldo Souza UFC Fight Night: Souza vs. Mousasi September 5, 2014 Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Win 35–4–2 Mark Muñoz Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Munoz vs. Mousasi May 31, 2014 1 3:57 Berlin, Germany Performance of the Night
Loss 34–4–2 Lyoto Machida Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi February 15, 2014 5 5:00 Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil Return to Middleweight; Fight of the Night
Win 34–3–2 Ilir Latifi Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi April 6, 2013 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 33–3–2 Mike Kyle Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine January 12, 2013 1 4:09 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Win 32–3–2 Ovince St. Preux Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal December 17, 2011 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States
Win 31–3–2 Hiroshi Izumi TKO (punches) Dream: Japan GP Final July 16, 2011 1 3:29 Tokyo, Japan Defended the DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship.
Draw 30–3–2 Keith Jardine Decision (majority draw) Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley April 9, 2011 3 5:00 San Diego, California, United States Mousasi was deducted 1 point due to an illegal upkick.
Win 30–3–1 Tatsuya Mizuno Submission (rear-naked choke) Dream 16 September 25, 2010 1 6:10 Nagoya, Japan 2010 Dream Light Heavyweight GP Final
Won the Dream Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 29–3–1 Jake O'Brien Submission (guillotine choke) Dream 15 July 10, 2010 1 0:31 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2010 Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal. 212 lb catchweight bout; O'Brien missed weight.
Loss 28–3–1 Muhammed Lawal Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Nashville April 17, 2010 5 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Mousasi deducted one point for an illegal upkick. Lost the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 28–2–1 Gary Goodridge TKO (punches) Dynamite!! 2009 December 31, 2009 1 1:34 Saitama, Saitama, Japan Heavyweight bout.
Win 27–2–1 Rameau Sokoudjou TKO (punches) Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers November 7, 2009 2 3:43 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Non-title bout.
Win 26–2–1 Renato Sobral KO (punches) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 1 1:00 San Jose, California, United States Won the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.
Win 25–2–1 Mark Hunt Submission (kimura) Dream 9 May 26, 2009 1 1:19 Yokohama, Japan DREAM Super Hulk Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Openweight bout.
Win 24–2–1 Ronaldo Souza KO (upkick) Dream 6 September 23, 2008 1 2:15 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix Final
Won inaugural DREAM Middleweight Championship.
Win 23–2–1 Melvin Manhoef Submission (triangle choke) Dream 6 September 23, 2008 1 1:28 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 22–2–1 Yoon Dong-Sik Decision (unanimous) Dream 4 June 15, 2008 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan DREAM 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 21–2–1 Denis Kang Submission (triangle choke) Dream 2 April 29, 2008 1 3:10 Saitama, Japan DREAM 2008 Middleweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 20–2–1 Steve Mensing TKO (punches) M-1 Mixfight March 2, 2008 1 2:44 Landsmeer, Netherlands
Win 19–2–1 Evangelista Santos TKO (punches) HCF: Destiny February 1, 2008 1 3:42 Calgary, Alberta, Canada 194 lb catchweight bout.
Win 18–2–1 Damir Mirenic TKO (punches) HCF: Title Wave October 19, 2007 1 4:46 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 17–2–1 Kyacey Uscola TKO (punches) Bodog FIGHT August 25, 2007 1 4:56 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 16–2–1 Alexander Kokoev Decision (unanimous) M-1 MFC: Battles July 21, 2007 3 5:00 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 15–2–1 Gregory Bouchelaghem Submission (punches) CWFC: Enter December 9, 2006 1 2:20 Nottingham, United Kingdom Won the Cage Warriors Middleweight Championship.
Win 14–2–1 Hector Lombard Decision (unanimous) Pride Bushido 13 November 5, 2006 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Alternate Bout.
Loss 13–2–1 Akihiro Gono Submission (armbar) Pride Bushido 12 August 26, 2006 2 4:24 Nagoya, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 13–1–1 Makoto Takimoto TKO (broken eye socket) Pride Bushido 11 June 4, 2006 1 5:34 Saitama, Japan PRIDE 2006 Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round.
Win 12–1–1 Hidetada Irie TKO (corner stoppage) Deep: 24 Impact April 11, 2006 2 1:29 Tokyo, Japan
Win 11–1–1 Sanjin Kadunc TKO (punches) Future Battle March 5, 2006 1 0:35 Bergen op Zoom, Netherlands
Win 10–1–1 Andre Fyeet TKO (punches) 2H2H: Mixed Fight December 17, 2005 1 0:40 Landsmeer, Netherlands
Win 9–1–1 Tsuyoshi Kurihara KO (knee) Deep: 22 Impact December 2, 2005 1 0:10 Tokyo, Japan
Win 8–1–1 Stefan Klever TKO (punches) Europe: Rotterdam Rumble October 9, 2005 1 3:39 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Win 7–1–1 Chico Martinez Submission (rear-naked choke) JE: Holland vs. Russia April 24, 2005 1 4:39 Landsmeer, Netherlands
Win 6–1–1 John Donnelly KO (punch) Rings: Bushido Ireland March 12, 2005 1 1:02 Dublin, Ireland
Loss 5–1–1 Petras Markevičius Submission (armbar) Fight Festival 13 February 28, 2005 2 1:49 Helsinki, Finland
Win 5–0–1 Erik Oganov Submission (rear-naked choke) M-1 MFC: Fight Night February 5, 2005 1 2:16 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 4–0–1 Rody Trost TKO (punches) IMA: Mix Fight December 19, 2004 1 3:18 Landsmeer, Netherlands
Win 3–0–1 Niko Puhakka Submission (rear-naked choke) Fight Festival 11 September 11, 2004 2 2:17 Helsinki, Finland
Draw 2–0–1 Gilson Ferreira Decision (draw) Fight Gala November 15, 2003 2 5:00 Zaandam, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Xander Nel TKO (punches) IMA: Mixfight October 12, 2003 1 1:05 Badhoevedorp, Netherlands
Win 1–0 Daniel Spek TKO (punches) 2H2H: 1st Open Team April 27, 2003 1 3:40 Amsterdam, Netherlands

Kickboxing record[edit]

Gegard Mousasi kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  5. ^ a b Interview with MMA Mail Magazine at Seni 2010 in London http://mmamail.com 2010-05-30
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  39. ^ "Geghard Movsisian launches qualification process to join Holland’s Olympic team". panarmenian.net. 2011-01-31. 
  40. ^ "Strikeforce's Mousasi on mend following ACL surgery, UFC champ Jones on radar". mmajunkie.com. 2012-05-14. 

External links[edit]

New championship 1st Dream Middleweight Champion
September 23, 2008 - May 26, 2009
Vacant
Mousasi move to light heavyweight
New championship 1st Dream Light Heavyweight Champion
September 25, 2010 - Present
Current holder
Preceded by
Renato Sobral
3rd Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion
August 15, 2009 - April 17, 2010
Succeeded by
Muhammed Lawal