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Gegard Mousasi interested in dropping to middleweight for fight with Anderson Silva

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi continues to work his way back into contention for the title he lost. However, Mousasi also has his sights set on something else – the UFC.

Earlier this month, Mousasi downed rising prospect Ovince St. Preux at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal to place his name among those looking to wear the Strikeforce 205-pound title now that it sits vacant.

As for his next fight, Mousasi was looking at competing on this coming weekends DREAM card in Japan only to see the bout fall through. Instead, he will await the winner of the January 7 bout between Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Lorenz Larkin, possibly setting up a rematch with Lawal as well as a potential title-fight.

“The thing now is that I’m going to wait until April and get a title shot against the winner of (Lawal-Larkin). That’s what I heard,” said Mousasi, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie. “I want to fight the big names, and the big names are in the UFC.”

Mousasi also talked about making the drop to middleweight for a shot at UFC champion Anderson Silva, adding, “You don’t get those chances a lot, so fighting a big name like him, that’s a big opportunity.”

For now, “The Dreamcatcher” will sit on the sidelines, working on his wrestling base if he does face Lawal again, and preparing himself for a future in either Strikeforce or the UFC.