Mousasi May Retire At End Of Contract
Following an eye injury in his last fight, Gegard Mousasi is looking to become Bellator middleweight champion. Mousasi squares off with Rafael Carvalho in the main event of Bellator 200 in London, in only his second fight in the organization.
Mousasi in an interview with Bloody Elbow, claimed he needed the time away after his debut in October.
“I had to give my eye time to recover. So that’s what we did,” Mousasi told BloodyElbow.com. “It took some time.”
“This timing was good. I could have fought here or L.A. — that was two options for me. Bellator decided to have the fight in London. It took a couple months before the eye was better. I needed the time to recover. If I [fought earlier], then I would’ve rushed it. Some injuries, it’s trauma, so even if you’re healed up, if you think about it, it’s gonna affect the way you’re gonna fight. If you [think], ‘I’m injured,’ you might fight very differently. I think it was good to take the time.”
Mousasi’s inury had him pondering the future, but with only one fight into a six-fight contract he signed last year, Mousasi said, he will consider moving on from MMA after these last five fights.
“After five fights — it’s gonna take two, three years — I’m gonna be a little bit older,” Mousasi said. “I was thinking for retirement, to be honest, after five fights.”
“I’m taking it fight by fight. I’m in my prime. You have to understand, I feel like I’m in my prime. I’m not slowing down, I’m not getting beat up, I’m not losing, I’m not getting knocked out. I should be able to continue as much as I want, to be honest.”
Original Story: Bloody Elbow