Gegard Mousasi wants to get back his Strikeforce light heavyweight championship to go along with the Dream 205-pound title that he currently holds.
After that, Mousasi (31-3) is perfectly fine with joining the UFC.
Mousasi dropped the Strikeforce title to Muhammed Lawal last year, and his only other fight in the promotion was a draw with Keith Jardine in April.
“The Dreamcatcher” has competed in just about every big-name organization outside of the UFC, which seems to be signing the main players from Strikeforce over the past couple of months.
“I think eventually everyone will end up in the UFC if you want to be considered one of the best,” said Mousasi, on Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show recently. “I’m very open for that, but it’s not really up to me. It depends on if they would like me in the UFC or not, but I’m open to that…Maybe later on I can try something in boxing, but at this moment, it’s not really realistic. K-1 is not doing well (either). The only thing is MMA. That’s what I need to focus on. I’m leaving all the other stuff around and just focusing on MMA.”
Mousasi has two fights remaining on his current contract with Strikeforce, and is being looked at to compete on the upcoming December 17 card that will feature Gilbert Melendez defending is lightweight crown vs. Jorge Masvidal.
A rumored opponent for Mousasi is rising prospect Ovince St. Preux, a former University of Tennessee football standout.
“I heard he would like to fight me,” Mousasi said. “I don’t know him. I’ve never seen his fights, but he has done very well with Strikeforce. If Strikeforce decides it’s a good fight and the people want to see it, I’m open to it.”
Mousasi is allowed to fight outside of Strikeforce – thus, entering and winning the Dream tourney to claim the title – but would not be given the same chances if he signs an exclusive deal with the UFC. That’s fine for him, as long as he gets at least three fights a year.
“I can be OK with three fights, but it all depends on negotiations about the contract. This is how things are now. I understand that,” Mousasi said. “Financially it’s always good to fight a lot, but I think now the most important thing is to get big fights. I think that’s the more important thing than fighting a lot. I need to fight the people, the fighters that are very recognizable to the fans. I need to fight fighters that are very famous or (fans will) know or are ranked very high.”
As for getting back that Strikeforce title, which is currently held by free agent Dan Henderson, that remains atop the priority list.
“If you’re the Strikeforce champion, then you have a lot more possibilities,” Mousasi said. “I still have a contract with Strikeforce. It makes sense to be a champion there before something like fighting in the UFC can happen. But I don’t know. I’m just focusing on Strikeforce, and eventually it’s not my decision.
“I just need to keep winning my fights. That’s the most important thing.”