Mousasi Interested In Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Title
One of the most accomplished middleweights in MMA history, Gegard Mousasi is always hungry for more gold. His quest may lead him towards another division in Bellator.
Mousasi (46–7–2), a former Strikeforce, Cage Warriors and Bellator Middleweight Champion, was set to fight Bellator Welterweight Champion Douglas Lima on May 9 for the vacant Bellator Middleweight Title. The bout, co-main eventing Bellator 242, was postponed due to the coronavirus. When things get back to normal, Mousasi has ideas for the future of his career.
“Three things I want to do,” Mousasi stated to MMA Junkie. “One is to fight in my home country of Holland and fight in front of my home crowd. Second, maybe Douglas Lima. I beat him, I get the title. And then Ryan Bader (at) light heavyweight. That’s the things that I still want to do. If I can achieve those three things, those are still things I want to get done.”
Bader (27-5, 1NC) is both the Bellator Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion. He was supposed to face Vadim Nemkov for the latter championship at Bellator 242. With everything on hold, the line for both of his titles grows longer each day.
Mousasi won the Bellator Middleweight Title from Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 200. He lost it to Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 223, the same man who had to relinquish the belt. After only fighting occasionally in Bellator, Mousasi had a plan to fight more often before the coronavirus pandemic. He is still hoping to get that done.
“I wanted to keep busy, I wanted to fight three times this year,” Mousasi went on to say. “So I was thinking two times in U.S., or one time in Europe, and once in Japan on New Year’s Eve – maybe for a belt or whatever. So I had those thoughts, but now everything is on hold, so I just have to wait. But I definitely wanted to keep busy and do the things I wanted to do. Fight for the belt, light heavyweight, in Holland, in Japan, they were all in my plans, actually.”
Would you like to see Mousasi fight for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title?