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Gegard Mousasi Hoping to Return Late 2013

Gegard Mousasi may not have blown away UFC fans in his Octagon debut last month, but considering he was battling a serious knee injury during his bout with Ilir Latifi, the renowned fighter deserves a pass. Not to mention, of course, that he won the fight by unanimous decision. That seems to get overlooked.

Mousasi elected to not bow out of the fight, which was originally supposed to be against Alexander Gustaffson, and now the former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champ is going to be out until the end of the year due to surgery. In a recent appearance on MMA Radio, Mousasi relayed that he’s hoping to fight in November or December, and that he’s considering moving to 185. According to Mousasi, he believes “I’ll be much stronger.” He also said he would clear the move with the UFC first, and that ultimately he wants to take the “fastest way to the belt.”

Mousasi also provided some details regarding the injury he was forced to deal with heading into UFC on FUEL TV 9, by relaying that his knee kept popping out during his training camp. That doesn’t sound good at all. Maybe it’s best he didn’t face Gustafsson?

“The Dreamcatcher” has now gone undefeated in seven straight fights since he lost the Strikeforce belt to “King Mo” Lawal in April, 2010. Mousasi’s record stands at 34-3-2. That’s some pretty solid numbers.

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