UFC light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi wasn’t thrilled for obvious reasons when he found out his UFC on Fuel 9 fight with Alexander Gustafsson had fallen apart with only about a week to go before the scrap was set to unfold. However, Mousasi agreed to lock horns with replacement Ilir Latifi and will face off against the relative unknown later today.
Mousasi recently spoke with the UFC’s website where he admitted he had little to gain from beating a competitor with Latifi’s lack of credentials but was happy to do right by the company by accepting the clash.
“There is pressure on me to perform. It’s a high-risk fight. I have a lot to lose and he has nothing to lose. But I believe in my abilities as a fighter and if I can’t perform, it is my own fault. I believe I am a top fighter, and if that is true, I should be able to fight anyone and win,” said Mousasi.
The polished 27-year old added that Latifi’s style may be different than Gustafsson’s but the result should be the same.
“Latifi is much shorter than Gustafsson and is a wrestler. Alexander was a tall striker and this will be a much different opponent. But I train all aspects of the fight. It’s not like I only trained boxing or kickboxing. It’s going to be a good fight. His wrestling won’t be an issue,” explained Mousasi. “I always go for the finish and I always come to fight. He is a good opponent and we are going to have an exciting fight.”
The card’s headlining clash is set to unfold at some point after the featured fights fire up on Fuel TV at 2:00 PM EST.
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