Tonight Gegard Mousasi (37-5-2) will do war fellow middleweight Uriah Hall (11-5) in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 75. Even though Mousasi is only 30 years of age, he has already amassed an MMA career that spans 44 fights and 37 wins including 19 wins by way of some form of TKO or KO. Here are his top 5:
5. Gegard Mousasi def. Gary Goodridge via TKO at 1:34 of Round 1 at Dynamite!! 2009
Gegard was on the high of a 14 fight winning streak and seemed like an unstoppable force both in Japan being the Dream Middleweight Champion and in America being the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. So what do you do when you can’t find competition in your weight class? Fight somebody thats well above it. Gary was far and away from his UFC and Pride days and was a shell of what he once was. However the weight differential was not even a factor with Mousasi who buried “Big Daddy” in the first.
4. Gegard Mousasi def. Hiroshi Izumi via TKO at 3:39 of Round 1 at Dream Japan: Grand Prix Final.
Gegard had won the inaugural Dream Light Heavyweight Title by defeating Tatsuya Mizuno via first round rear naked choke at 6:10 of round 1. That was the final of the Dream 2010 Light Heavyweight tournament and Gegard was to defend the strap first against Izumi at the next Dream event. Mousasi was fresh off a very disappointing performance in America, at the Strikeforce: Diaz vs Daley event where he shared a majority draw with former UFC veteran Keith Jardine. Izumi was a Japanese Judo champion and had won 3 straight, his last against fan favorite Ikuhisa “Punk” Minowa via TKO in Round 3 at Dynamite!! 2010. However Mousasi buried his competition once more by TKO in the first round. After this contest Izumi retired from Mixed Martial Arts competition.
3. Gegard Mousasi def. Renato “Babalu” Sobral via KO at 1:00 of Round 1 at Strikeforce: Carano vs Cyborg for The Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
After his release from the UFC from holding on to an anaconda choke for too long on David Heath at UFC 74, Renato saw a career resurgence in Strikeforce and Affliction. Babalu was riding a 5 fight winning streak and had TKO’d Bobby Southworth to gain the Strikforce 205 pound strap. Gegard was coming off of 3 straight stoppages, he triangle choked kickboxing ace Melvin Manhoef at 1:28 of the first round at Dream 6. Mousasi then knocked out Jacare Souza with an upkick at 2:15 of round 1 on the same night to win the inaugural Dream Middleweight title. If that wasn’t enough he padded his resume once more by straight arm-barring Mark Hunt. Gegard then challenged Sobral and relinquished him of his title in easy fashion much like the rest of his opposition.
2. Gegard Mousasi def. Dan Henderson via TKO at 1:10 of Round 1 at UFC on Fox 14
Dan Henderson was in the worst slump of his entire MMA career, going 1-4 in his last 5 and in desperate need of a win. Dan’s lone win came via come-from-behind TKO in the 3rd round at UFC Fight Night 38 over Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, but was coming off a rear naked choke submission loss in the 3rd round to current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 173. However Mousasi has proven time and again he’s not the guy you want to fight when you’re in a slump. Gegard was looking to rebound emphatically after losing his rematch with “Jacare” Souza at UFC Fight Night 50 via 3rd round guillotine choke. Rebound he did as he dismantled the grizzled veteran Dan in quick paced action.
1. Gegard Mousasi def. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza via KO (upkick) at 2:15 of Round 1 at Dream: 2006 Middleweight Grand Prix.
This was the Superbowl for Dream in 2006. Both of these studs were riding 10 fight winning streaks, 16 of their 20 combined wins on their respective streaks came by way of stoppage. 5 of the 20 were former UFC competitors and 10 were apart of Pride FC. Souza defeated Ian Murphy, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Zelg Galesic to get tot the finals and Gegard took out Dennis Kang, Dong Sik-Yoon and Melvin Manhoef. After being controlled Gegard landed one of the most swift and lethal up-kicks ever to be seen in Mixed Martial Arts and he would win, however Jacare would gain revenge in the rematch at UFC Fight Night 50. Will a rubber match be in their future?