One of the most highly sought after fighters in mixed martial arts, 24 year old Gegard Mousasi has reportedly left his management contract with M-1 Global.
Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt was first with the news after receiving confirmation from the fighter via email.
“After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global,” Mousasi wrote in the e-mail. “During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me.”
M-1 Global later confirmed that they and the fighter had parted ways.
Mousasi, currently signed to the Strikeforce promotion, has went on a remarkable 15 fight win streak since November of 2006, beating fighters like Melvin manhoef, Renato Sobral, Sokoudjou and Ronaldo Souza along the way. It has been widely reported that he will face Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal at Strikeforce’s next CBS event in April.
M-1 Global last year struck a partnership with the Strikeforce promotion that paved the way for another one of their exclusive fighters, Fedor Emelianenko, to fight for the organization.
There had been talk that both Fedor and Mousasi signing for the UFC at that time, but M-1 Global’s demands, which were rumored to include wanting to co-promote UFC events prevented a deal from going through.
Despite that Mousasi has stated his desire to compete in the UFC. As we exclusively revealed in September of last year, Mousasi noted in his Global M-1 blog that, “My goal in the future is of course to become UFC champion,” but days later the post was deleted from the site.
Mousasi’s immediate future is undoubtedly still with Strikeforce where he is currently their light-heavyweight champion, but if he has indeed left his current management deal then that certainly paves the way for a move to the UFC when his current contract ends.