One of the hottest young properties in mixed martial arts, 24 year old Gegard Mousasi is aiming to sign a new seven fight deal with the Strikeforce promotion.
Mousasi is currently Strikeforce’s light-heavyweight champion, and has just one fight left on his current contract with the promotion. There is a clause in the contract however that states that if he is still the current champion when his contract ends, then the deal is automatically extended for a further year.
Therefore that clause will come into effect should he successfully defend his title against Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal at Strikeforce’s next CBS event on the 17th of April.
Regardless of whether he wins or loses it appears that Mousasi is keen to extend his stay with the promotion.
“I’m being treated very well,” the fighter told MMAJunkie. “I feel like I’m a part of the family, so there’s no reason for me to go anywhere else. I fight also in DREAM, so I don’t have any desires to go anywhere.”
Mousasi’s interest in signing a new long-term deal with the promotion comes as something of a surprise given that he has stated in the past that he wants to fight in the UFC.
That is not a forlorn hope on his part either, with UFC president Dana White freely admitting in the past that he would be keen to sign the talented fighter who is currently unbeaten in 15 fights.
If he does indeed sign for an additional seven fights it will lead to criticism from some quarters, myself included, since a fighter of his caliber should be testing himself against the best the world has to offer at this stage in his career.
There’s no doubting that at this time the UFC’s light-heavyweight division is a far more challenging and deeper division than Strikeforce, or indeed DREAM is able to muster.
In the UFC Mousasi would be fighting the likes of Machida, Shogun, Rampage, Evans, Lil Nog and Jon Jones, to name but a few, mouth-watering prospects I’m sure you would agree.
Meanwhile in Strikeforce, once Mousasi fights the 6-0 King Mo, he will effectively already have fought the best the division has to offer, with the exception of Dan Henderson who will be fighting at middleweight for the time being.
There’s no doubt that Strikeforce are an emerging force in MMA, but it still seems strange that Mousasi would be comfortable committing to such a long-term deal with the promotion under these circumstances.