Gegard Mousasi Is For Real!

Justin FauxCorrespondent IAugust 17, 2009

Gegard Mousasi began his career into combat sports having a Judo background and aspiring to be a Professional Boxer however once he found that his road to becoming a professional would be a long and slow one as Holland desperately lacked Boxing Expertise he made the transition into Kickboxing before finally making it to Mixed Martial Arts.

Gegard Mousasi started making a name for himself competing in MMA events throughout The Netherlands, Japan, Finland & Canada stringing victories amongst names such as Makoto Takimoto, Hector Lombard, Tsuyoshi Kurihara & John Donnelly and compiling a record of 20-2-1 but had never made shock waves in the mainstream or any big promotions, he had fought in top MMA Promotions such as Pride FC, Bodog & DEEP but never really made a name for himself until he made the transition to Japanese Promotion DREAM.

Mousasi has been known for his attitude to take any challenger thrown his way and to fight many times per year for instance in 2005 he fought seven times in which he only lost one of those fights to Petrak Markevicius , in 2006 he fought six times only losing one fight to Akihiro Gono & in 2008 he fought six times yet again this time going undefeated and in one of those cases he fought twice in the one night.

Gegard Mousasi participated in the DREAM Middleweight Grand Prix Tournament to crown the first ever DREAM Middleweight Champion in which he was considered an underdog in almost all of his fights but ended up defeating Denis Kang, Dong Sik Yoon, Melvin Manhoef & Ronaldo Souza to capture the Middleweight Championship.

Mousasi continued to test his abilities by participating in the DREAM Super-Hulk Open Weight Tournament in which he defeated Mark Hunt whom out-weighed him by over 80 pounds, he is set to continue his run in the Super-Hulk Tournament on October 2nd at DREAM 11 when he faces former UFC & Affliction Light-Heavyweight Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and if successful will go on to face the winner of Hong Man Choi & Ikuhisa Minowa.

This past weekend at Strikeforce's Carano vs Cyborg Event Gegard Mousasi made his United States to face Ex-UFC star Renatol "Babalu" Sobral for Stikeforce's Light-Heavyweight Championship in which without even breaking a sweat he mauled the number 6 Ranked Light-Heavyweight in one minute and got the world and in particular the mainstream audience to pay attention to the rising star Gegard "The Armenian Assassin" Mousasi.

The Armenian although having a very impressive 26-2-1 record is only twenty-four years of age and already has victories over some of the biggest names in MMA today under his belt, however looking into the future and potential challengers for Mousasi out there the list is very bleak since the top Light-Heavyweights in the world are under contract to the UFC and the fact that he took out Strikeforce's Top Light-Heavyweight with ease just narrows the list of contenders that could pose a threat to The Armenian Assassin.

Strikeforce never really put much emphasis on their Light-Heavyweight Division with their only Light-Heavyweights with name value were Renatol Sobral, Bobby Southworth & Kevin Randleman which in itself spells disaster basing your Division around them and now it is finally showing as they have a solid Champion who you don't have many challengers for, with the DREAM merger that opens up oppertunities for Mousasi to face a different range of opponents but will not be considered the Best Light-Heavyweight in the world without making the transition into the UFC and facing the top level of competition at 205.

Regardless of where his career takes him in the future whether he stays in Strikeforce & DREAM and takes on the best that they have to throw his way or if he makes the transition into the UFC to really test his abilities against the likes of Lyoto Machida or Quentin Jackson the sky is really the limit for the young talented Armenian.