In what has now become a commonplace theme in the storied career of the Dutch-born Armenian fighter, Gegard Mousasi is considering a move back down to middleweight – and he’s using social media to help him decide where to make his second UFC appearance. Mousasi, recognized by many as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, asked fans through Twitter what they thought of a possible drop in weight for the UFC light-heavyweight. Wednesday morning he tweeted this to his fans:
This should come as no surprise as many, including Mousasi himself, have acknowledged his lack of size for the light-heavyweight division. He has made it no secret that he regularly walks around at no more than 210 pounds. However, realizing he may be competing at a slight weight disadvantage, he also believes in his exceptional abilities to fight any man at any weight. Shaun Al-Shatti of mmafighting.com caught up with the UFC light-heavyweight prior to his final Strikeforce title bout with Mike Kyle in January and Mousasi expressed his thoughts on the matter:
I’m very comfortable that my technique is there to neutralize any weight advantage. I’m going to be the faster and more conditioned fighter, so I’m not worried about that. … If things go bad at 205, [I’ll consider a drop to 185]. But I don’t see it. That’s always a possibility, going down a weight division and starting again, but I feel like things are going well, so no need to change.
Although his past sentiments differ from his current ones, no one can doubt his success at any weight class. First gaining notoriety in Japan by capturing DREAM’s welterweight and middleweight grand prix titles in two very talented divisions, he then saw fit to challenge Mark Hunt in a heavyweight clash in the same organization. Displaying the exceptional skills we have come to know, he submitted Hunt in just over a minute into the bout, disproving the theory he was too small to compete above middleweight.
Currently on the shelf for a knee injury sustained prior to his last bout, it may be uncertain as to when we next see “The Dream Catcher”. There is one certainty, however: He would like you to give him some advice on what weight he should return at.