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Gegard Mousasi out until at least November with torn ACL, has 6-7 fights left for Strikeforce

It looks like former Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi won’t be joining the UFC anytime soon. The 26-year old, who holds an overall record of 32-3 and has only lost a single time since 2006, recently revealed he’s in the process of recovering from a serious knee injury and is also contracted to Strikeforce for enough fights to keep him busy for a couple of years.

“The operation was successful. The recovery is doing very well. I will be back 100 percent again, but it will just take time,” said Mousasi in an interview on MMAJunkie Radio, adding he hadn’t spoken about his status before because “no one asked”. The talented light heavyweight didn’t go into detail on how the injury occurred but mentioned he would fight before the end of the year assuming his rehabilitation went as planned.

With Mousasi out for another six months it’s difficult to know exactly what type of promotion he’ll be returning to given Strikeforce’s issues drawing attendance and relative lack of overall depth. However, Mousasi plans to honor the deal he signed and will continue competing under their banner until told otherwise.

“I had one fight left. Then I was hoping maybe to go to the UFC after that, but then they offered me – they said we’re going to give you a new contract. So I signed for another six fights. Now I have a six (or) seven-fight deal, I believe, in Strikeforce,” explained Mousasi. “(Zuffa) said the Strikeforce fighters were going to stay with Strikeforce. And that’s the thing that it was, so we signed again.”

For reference, Mousasi has only fought for Strikeforce five times since initially inking a contract in 2009. However, when he makes his way back to the organization his presence will certainly be welcome as often as possible given his success in the ring including past victories over Mark Hunt, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Ronaldo Souza, Renato Sobral, and Hector Lombard.

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13 COMMENTS
  • AlphaOmega says:

    Man everyone’s tearing their ACL

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    oh shit thats bad news, not the torn knee which is gutting, but having 6/7 fights left with Strikeforce. that place is getting more and more like Purgatory nad wasting away so many great fighters.
    i know its there fault, they signed the contract, but you know all those guys were hoping the UFC would automatically snap everyone up, just as we all thought they would.
    i’m gutted such a young promising talent is wasting his life with this promotion

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I’d be fairly surprised if Strikeforce is around long enough to cover all of his remaining bouts.

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    Maybe strikeforce needs to br reborn. Grab tuf guys from the other counrts that nobady seen before throw some ufc guys in there with a new name.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    So much for Boxing at the Olympics…. wonder if he was ever really pursuing that?
    I remember reading it somewhere that he was looking to get on the netherlands team and Box in the 2012 olympics but I don’t know if it was just a pipe dream or hype or whatever…?

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Gegard is on the short list of my favorite fighters. I’m mesmerized by his level of talent combined with the smooth style & calm composure he exhibits in the midst of combat. But on the flipside, it’s been tough to gauge whether he really has the drive to be truly great in the sport. And so I’ve often wondered if he’ll ever reach his true potential.

    But now more bad news to further complicate his path. First, a pretty devastating injury. There are so many variables with a severe injury like that… the quality of the surgery, how a guy’s body responds, a guy’s level of dedication in rehabbing, etc. I hope Gegard gets back to 100% like he suggests, but it’s far from a sure thing.

    And then when he does return, he’ll be stuck in Strikeforce for as long as they manage to keep the lights on. In the rapdily evolving world of MMA, with more & more guys getting involved in MMA and receiving quality training/experience at younger ages, I believe it will be overwhelmingly common for guys’ peaks to happen in their 20s, not on the other side of 30. It wasn’t all that long ago that Gegard was this young, uber-talented fighter with seemingly unlimited potential, but now all of a sudden he’s a guy rehabbing a serious injury, under lengthy contract with SF, who might be pushing 30 by the time he breaks free to the UFC. Ugh.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    I think one thing that will hamper Mousasi in his recovery is that he’s not necessarily known for being a gym rat. We’re talking about a guy who could easily make 185 pounds but would rather avoid the diet/weight-cut. GSP and Cruz are workhorses so in theory they’ll rehab better than Mousasi will as a guy who takes a ho-hum approach.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Not really relevant to this, but Mousasi is still with M-1 right? Did you guys hear about what one of their title holders did with the belt?

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  • Rece Rock says:

    No Gegard’s not with M-1 for a while now…
    and its Vinny Magalhaes and he’s on the outs with M-1 Global & his LHW M-1 belt is on ebay…last time I looked it was over $50K… the belt looks like a novice made it and whomever is bidding is probably not serious… BUT in the mean time Vinny is getting some nice exposure from the story…main reason Vinny had a beef with them was that one of the M-1 brass was seen cheering against him on TV during a title defense against a Russian challenger.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    The belt’s now been pulled saying it’s no longer available, and all bids were erased.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    it probably got out of control with the fake bids…

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    I’ve been wondering if there was any legal recourse M-1 could of taken, is it technically their belt?

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    Vinny Magalhaes ? @VinnyMMA

    So I contacted @ebay, and they informed that the last real bidder was the one who wanted to pay $5,00. I knew that belt wasn’t worth shit!

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