If Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi get’s his way he’s going to have a full calender of fights in 2010.
Speaking to mmafighting’s Ariel Helwani, Mousasi states that he wants to fight eight times during the next 12 months for Strikeforce, K1 and DREAM.
First on the agenda is expected to be Strikeforce’s next CBS event in April, and though nothing is signed yet Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal is believed to be his opponent.
King Mo has previously talked about fighting Mousasi, and appeared confident he has what it takes to bring an end to the 24 year old’s impressive fourteen fight unbeaten run. That’s a bold claim considering Lawal has just six pro fights to his name, though he has looked impressive in them, and easily dealt with veteran Mike Whitehead in his Strikeforce debut at the tail end of last year.
Mousasi appears unfazed by the prospect of facing the fast rising star however.
“I like this match-up very well for me,” he says. “He’s no submission, he’s just power and knockout punch, so it’s going to be who can absorb more…I’m pretty sure I hit harder.”
he did admit that King Mo may have the better of him in one particular aspect though.
“He will have the advantage with wrestling…(shrugs)…that’s probably about it,” he says in his trademark deadpan style that comes off as less like trash-talking and more just an honest appraisal of the two fighters skill-sets from his point of view.
Mousasi was more complimentary about his new training partner – UFC welterweight champion Georges St.Pierre however.
“I’m happy that I’m going to train (with him), I think I can learn a lot.”