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Correction: Gegard Mousasi Will Probably Not Be Taking the UFC Light-Heavyweight Division by Storm


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After being inactive for all of 2012 due to a torn ACL, Gegard Mousasi began creeping back to relevance this year, choking out Mike Kyle for Strikeforce in January, then winning a lopsided 15-minute sparring session against Ilir Latifi for his UFC debut in April. For a moment, it seemed like Sweet Sassy was poised to make an impact in the UFC light-heavyweight division. Well, not so much. A new knee injury will sideline Mousasi until the end of the year, and his days at 205 might be behind him for good.

Mousasi confirmed with MMAJunkie.com Radio last week that he’s currently recovering from a surgery to correct a second tear of the same ACL, an injury which he blamed on training too hard. He doesn’t expect to return to competition until November or December — not because the rehab will take that long, but because he plans to do “a lot of partying” this year.

“I’m planning on the recovery, but I’m planning to enjoy life a little bit,” Mousasi said. “In the past, I’ve always been training, always about the sport. Once you have this injury, you discover other stuff. I plan on having a good time.”

As for his postponed fight against Alexander Gustafsson? Mousasi’s not too concerned about it. He already hinted last month that he might be dropping back down to 185 pounds — the weight-class in which he first rose to prominence — and further explained his motivations like this:

I believe if I go to 185 I’ll be much stronger. At the highest level, you don’t want to give any advantage. If you look at Jon Jones, you don’t want to fight a guy that’s very talented, has the skills, and also has the strength. Then you give too much advantage away…

I think that there’s a big chance I will go. If the UFC says, come fight at 205, and if you win two or three times, we’ll give you a title shot. If they say 185, because I was also middleweight champ, maybe win one fight and maybe I can be a contender. Whatever is the fastest way to the belt.”

Theoretically, the fastest way to the belt is to find another profession altogether until either Anderson Silva or Jon Jones retires. Realistically, the new injury layoff gives Mousasi an even longer ladder to climb. Will the UFC be as hot on the Not-So-Young Vagabond when he finally returns?

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Pen Fifteen- May 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm
Mousasi only moved up to LHW at age 23, when it's reasonable to assume his body was still growing. I think going back down a class is not going to be easy for the dude. Just because he used to fight at a particular class does not mean he was undersized for 205. But shit, he couldn't even get a clean W over Keith Jardine at 185, and he's going to challenge Anderson Silva. GTFO.
The_Dead_Cow- May 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm
@friedtaco, that's just too fucking funny. Best comment I've read on here in a while.
nick diaz and the dub sack- May 13, 2013 at 11:11 am
He belongs at 185 anyway and his excuse that the cut was "becoming too difficult" always struck me as just being kinda lazy. I'm not surprised that Mousasi has changed his tune now that he's in the UFC. You can slide on fighting bigger guys when the talent gap is in your favor but, things being more equal in the UFC, it's time to start fighting guys your own size.
Deadpanda- May 13, 2013 at 10:56 am
I can't overstate how bad he looked against Latifi, injury or not he showed poor fighting inteligence . I think this is a smart move by the Sassy one because his career in the UFC will be short lived if he faces the LHW top 10.
Fried Taco- May 13, 2013 at 10:26 am
what I heard: 'I have a small penis. Other people have bigger penises than mine. So I'm going to spend some time with my penis, and then see if I feel like fighting later.'
cman- May 13, 2013 at 9:12 am
What I heard: 'jones is big and scary, silva is aging and close to being vulnerable. I have NO confidence in my ability to beat top guys as I've been a modern day fedor/overreem in my can crushing outside the deep end of the pool for the UFC haters to hold up as better than those that scare the marrow right out of my bones. Where da bitches at before I become a has been?"
algiersheadkick504- May 13, 2013 at 8:07 am
Damn....
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