Gegard Mousasi is calling out Lyoto Machida, a day after Machida disposed of Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30.
“I want to make an impact in the middleweight division and to fight the best contenders out there,” Mousasi told MMAWeekly. “I respect Machida and would like to test my stand-up against him. I believe a fight between us would determine the No.1 contender in the middleweight division. ‘The Dream Catcher vs. The Dragon’ sounds good to me. Let’s do it.”
The Dutch-Armenian Mousasi is recovering from a knee injury. He last fought in April, when he won a unanimous decision over Ilir Latifi, whom he beat by unanimous decision. Latifi was a replacement for Alexander Gustafsson, who cut his eye a week before the fight.
Mousasi is probably the best mixed martial artist many mainstream fans have never heard of. Cat-like in the cage, with wicked reflexes and snake-like striking ability, Mousasi has been one of the sport’s top light heavyweights for years. He is a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and moved over to the UFC after Strikeforce folded in January.
When he first signed with the UFC, Mousasi called out Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Now Mousasi wants Machida in the middleweight division, as a set-up fight to determine the No. 1 contender.
Mousasi would have to drop down to fight Machida as a middleweight, a division teeming with possibilities since Chris Weidman KO’d Anderson Silva.
Mousasi, 34-3, hasn’t lost since 2010, winning six fights and battling to one draw. His only loss since 2006 came against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, a fight he lost by unanimous decision because he couldn’t stop Lawal’s takedowns.
The former DREAM light heavyweight champion improved his takedown defense after the Lawal loss, including a decisive victory over Ovince St-Preux in 2012. Now Mousasi is gunning to make himself famous in the UFC.