Gegard Mousasi has today put an end to speculation over his future for the time being by signing a two year deal with Strikeforce. The contract renewal will see Mousasi fight a minimum of four fights for the promotion over the course of the next two years.
It’s a major deal for Strikeforce considering that the 24 year-old is one of the most sought-after fighters in the sport, with even UFC president Dana White last year admitting that he’d like to sign the Dutch-Armenian.
At times Mousasi himself has hinted that he sees his long-term future in the UFC, but for the time being it appears he is happy to ply his trade in Strikeforce, which also enables him to also fight for DREAM as well – something that would not have been possible had he signed for the UFC.
His decision is likely to be met with some criticism over the fighters ambition however considering that the top 20 fighters in light-heavyweight division in which he plies his trade are almost all currently fighting in the UFC.
The news comes on the eve of his first light-heavyweight title defense in the promotion against Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawal, as part of an event that will air to millions on CBS.