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Say hello to the new champion, Gegard Mousasi

Twenty-four year old Gegard Mousasi introduced himself to the American fans for the first time on Saturday nights “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Santos”. It took all but one minute for the mixed martial arts world to finally take notice.

In a much anticipated hold over fight from Affliction Trilogy, Mousasi won the Strikeforce light-heavyweight title by dismantling veteran fighter Renato “Babalu” Sobral.

Overnight “The Dreamcatcher” has catapulted to the top of the rankings in one of MMA’s most stacked divisions. However, Saturday night’s performance should come to no surprise to people who have seen this young prodigy in action. Mousasi boasts an impressive 26-2-1 record, with almost no weakness in his game. Saturday evening’s TKO victory over Babalu was his thirteenth in a row, and he hasn’t suffered a defeat in almost three years.

This Dutch-Armenian fighter started his journey to the top practicing Judo and Boxing at the age of 15. At 16, he became an amateur boxing champion in his home country the Netherlands. Due to lack of advancement in Hollands boxing world, he eventually switched to kickboxing and mixed martial arts. His first professional fight was in 2003 and he has been on the upswing ever since.

He currently fights out of Team Jurojin in the Netherlands, but is also a member of Vadim Finkelchtein’s Red Devil Sports Club. Already, comparison to Fedor Emelianenko and his fighting style have been made. Both humble champions with almost an unbeatable fighting style, consisting of devastating power and impressive ground games.

At a young age Mousasi looks like he is just getting started in what looks to be a very long and prosperous career. His next scheduled fight is set to take place in October against Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in DREAM’s “Super-Hulk” Tournament.

Mousasi admitted there was a lot of pressure and nervousness leading up to his first fight in America against Babalu. But, if Saturday was any indication of how he fights under pressure, his opponents are going to be in trouble when the pressure is off.

If Saturday was the first time you got the pleasure of seeing this young champion in action, I’m  sure he has already made a lasting impression.

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