UFC light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi made his long awaited Octagon debut last month, beating Ilir Latifi at UFC on Fuel 9 despite dealing with short notice in addition to a serious knee injury. Though the victory did little for Mousasi’s standing in the division, it introduced many fans to a talented 27-year old competitor with a ton of potential that didn’t back down under less than ideal circumstances.
However, Mousasi’s next in-ring outing could come in a completely new weight class. “The Dreamcatcher” has been fighting at 205 pounds for years but excelled as a middleweight prior to bulking up. Now amongst the sport’s elite, it sounds like Mousasi is looking to slim back down rather than be at an occasional disadvantage.
“I believe if I go to 185 I’ll be much stronger. At the highest level, you don’t want to give any advantage,” said Mousasi in a recent interview with MMAJunkie Radio. “If you look at Jon Jones, you don’t want to fight a guy that’s very talented, has the skills, and also has the strength. Then you give too much advantage away.”
“I think that there’s a big chance I will go,” he continued. “If the UFC says, come fight at 205, and if you win two or three times, we’ll give you a title shot. If they say 185, because I was also middleweight champ, maybe win one fight and maybe I can be a contender. Whatever is the fastest way to the belt.”
Mousasi is currently healing up from surgery to repair his damaged knee and is anticipating a return to action in late 2013. He is 34-3-2 in his career and has only lost a single time since August 2006.