With incredible ease, Gegard Mousasi (49-7-2) came away with his 49th professional MMA victory. A Dutchman with Iranian roots, defeated Austin Vanderford by knockout in the first round. It only took Mousasi 85 seconds to overcome the challenger and thus entered his second consecutive belt defense.
Although the UFC champions are synonymous with the best MMA fighters in the world, while Bellator is still a level below, Mousasi believes he belongs to the very top of the world. Even before the match, Gegard pointed out that he believes he can match Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker.
‘‘I didn’t watch their match in full. I skipped a lot. I watched maybe one minute out of 25 and so I don’t know how the fight actually went. But I can handle those guys, 100 percent I can. ’’ Mousasi told MMA Fighting.
After the victory over Vanderford, Mousasi gained even more confidence and called himself the best middleweight fighter in the world. The fact is that Gegard is a fantastic fighter with a great career behind him. However, it should be noted that he was a member of the UFC and still did not reach the belt.
Eight wins and three losses (Machida, Jacare, Hall) are his UFC summary. However, Mousasi left the UFC with five wins in a row and the impression is that he went to Bellator at his peak. They might have watched him fight for the UFC belt, but he decided to go to Bellator.
Khabib Nurmagomedov praised Gegard Mousasi
It’s hard to say if we’ll ever watch Gegard again in the UFC and the reality is that his career will be denied a belt in the world’s strongest MMA promotion. However, Khabib Nurmagomedov, one of the greatest fighters in history, expressed his opinion on Mousasi via Twitter.
‘‘ Gegard Mousasi is the most underrated fighter in MMA. Congratulations Gegard, "Khabib wrote. Mousasi has 12 wins in his last 13 appearances, with only Rafael Lovato Jr. managed to master in that stat. It was a victory by a majority decision of the referees, and it is a real shame that Lovato had to retire from the sport because of a brain cavernoma.
The chances are not so big that he will ever return to the sport, and it would be really great to watch the rematch of him and Mousasi who is currently bursting with confidence. It would be interesting to watch Mousasi with UFC fighters, but it doesn't seem to be happening