Gegard Mousasi in 2009, at the weigh-in before the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event.
August 1, 1985
|Other names||The Dreamcatcher
The Armenian Assassin
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (2009–present)
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Leiden, Netherlands|
|Team||Red Devil Sport Club
Main Event Gym
Glendale Fight Club
|Rank||black belt in Judo|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Amateur boxing record|
|Notable relatives||Gewik Mousasi (brother)|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Gegard Mousasi (born Geghard Movsesian, Armenian: Գեղարդ Մովսեսյան, born 1 August 1985), is a Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. 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. Mousasi is currently ranked as the #8 Light Heavyweight fighter in the UFC official rankings.
- 1 Mixed martial arts career
- 1.1 Early life and career
- 1.2 Pride FC Welterweight Grand Prix
- 1.3 Dream Middleweight Grand Prix
- 1.4 ADCC Championships
- 1.5 M-1 Global
- 1.6 Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix
- 1.7 Affliction
- 1.8 Strikeforce and Dream
- 1.9 Dream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix
- 1.10 Last of Strikeforce
- 1.11 Ultimate Fighting Championship
- 1.12 Move to Middleweight
- 2 Kickboxing career
- 3 2012 Summer Olympics
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 Kickboxing record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Mixed martial arts career
Early life and career
Mousasi was born in Tehran, Iran to ethnic Armenian parents during the Iran–Iraq War. At the age of 4, Mousasi and his family relocated to Leiden, Netherlands, where he finished grade school before developing an interest in martial arts.
He started practicing Judo at the age of 8 and later boxing at age 15; twelve months later he became the amateur boxing champion of the Netherlands with a 12-1 record, earning 9 knockouts. He then switched to kickboxing and then eventually to mixed martial arts.
Pride FC Welterweight Grand Prix
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
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. 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.
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 88KG. For unknown reasons, Mousasi never participated in the ADCC 2009 Championships.
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.
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."
Dream Super Hulk Grand Prix
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.
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.
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. 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.
Strikeforce and Dream
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. Mousasi was originally slated to defend his Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship, but eventually competed in a non-title bout.
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. 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.
Dream Light Heavyweight Grand Prix
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
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. 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.” 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."
Mousasi returned to Strikeforce to face Ovince St. Preux on December 17, 2011 at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal. He won the fight via unanimous decision, showing improved takedown defense and wrestling.
Mousasi was later recovering from knee surgery following a torn ACL and was expected to fully recover by November, 2012. He also signed a new contract for six more fights with the organization, making a total of seven. However, with Strikeforce having shut down, this contract was likely now null and void.
Mousasi faced Mike Kyle at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013. He won via submission 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
On January 15, 2013, the UFC announced 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. However, on March 30, Gustafsson suffered a cut in training and, on April 2, was deemed unclear to participate by the Swedish MMA Federation. Gustafsson was replaced by Ilir Latifi, a UFC newcomer and training partner of Gustafsson. 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.
Move to Middleweight
K-1 Dynamite!! 2008
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
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
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. 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.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- DREAM Middleweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only)
- DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Last; Only)
- 2008 DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Champion
- 2010 DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion
- First combatant to win DREAM Championships in multiple weight classes (Two)
- First combatant to win DREAM Grand Prix in multiple weight classes (Two)
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- Cage Warriors Middleweight Championship (One time)
- World MMA Awards
- 2009 European Fighter of the Year
- Inside MMA
- 2008 Biggest Breakthrough Bazzie Award
- Bleacher Report
- 2008 Fighter of the Year
- Nederlandse Boks Bond
- Netherlands Amateur Boxing National Championship (2001)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|39 matches||34 wins||3 losses|
|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||Draw (majority)||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 Thierry 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. Catchweight of 212 pounds.|
|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||Brady 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||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|
|Gegard Mousasi kickboxing record|
5 wins (3 (T)KO's)
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
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- Gegard Mousasi Official Web Site
- Profile at K-1
- HyeFighters - Armenian Combat Sports Athletes
- Dream profile
- Luta Gegard Mousasi
- Professional MMA record for Gegard Mousasi from Sherdog
- Biography of Gegard Mousasi
|New championship||1st Dream Middleweight Champion
September 23, 2008 - May 26, 2009
Mousasi move to light heavyweight
|New championship||1st Dream Light Heavyweight Champion
September 25, 2010 - Present
|3rd Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion
August 15, 2009 - April 17, 2010