Gegard Mousasi (34-3-2) hasn’t lost a fight since 2010, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking his next opponent lightly.
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Mousasi confirmed that he’s training karate for his upcoming bout against Lyoto Machida (20-4-0).
“I already know how Machida fights style-wise,” Mousasi told MMAFighting.com, “and I have a training partner that has fought him twice in karate, so I will be ready for him.”
“The Dreamcatcher” has enlisted the help of former karate world champ Jaouad Ikan and ex-training partner of Machida Satoshi Ishii to familiarize himself with the karate fighting style. Both Mousasi and Machida are strikers and prefer to keep their fights standing. But their striking styles are very different.
“I’m more of a kickboxer, he’s a counter puncher,” he said. “He takes his time and has good feeling of distance. My style is to come forward and keep the pressure, so I think I’m gonna match up really well.”
Machida most recently defeated friend and training partner Mark Munoz at UFC Fight Night 30 by knockout in the first round via head kick. “The Dragon” is known for having an elusive fighting style and is one of the most effective counter strikers in the sport.
Mousasi made his UFC debut at UFC on Fuel TV 9 by defeating Ilir Latifi via unanimous decision. The twenty-eight year old has fought for numerous organizations in the past, including: Pride, Dream, and Strikeforce.
Mousasi and Machida are scheduled to do battle at UFC Fight Night 36. The event will take place on February 15th at the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.