Not only can you consider the “Dream Catcher” a top pound for pound best in the world, he can definitely be in the top up and coming fighters.
To start with he’s only 24 years of age and has 31 fights: 28 of these fights being wins, 1 being a draw, and only 2 losses.
On top of being in his early 20s, he’s won the European fighter of the year award of 2009. Mousasi has also won four different belts: Cage Warriors Middleweight Champion, Dream Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, Dream Middleweight Champion, and the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion.
He is the current holder of the Strikeforce light heavy championship and Dream Middleweight Championship.
Again may I repeat at age 24, 4 different championship belts, 31 fights with 28 wins (That’s a 90% winning percentage for those fans of Math and percentages out there) and only two losses in his career.
For starters nobody else on this list has even 25 total fights, let alone over 20 wins. The closest in fight experience being Thiago Alves, who's 26 years old having only 22 total fights but only has 16 wins compared to Gerard’s 28 and Alves has 6 losses compared to Gerard’s 2.
Now obviously in comparison to competition, Alves is dealing with a lot more in the UFC, however this is not a pound for pound competition. It’s a speculation on up and coming fighters.
That being said, Mousasi is two years younger than Alves, has more ring experience, and a much larger gap in win to loss ratio.
Now camp wise and training Mousasi was asked to train with, not joined or attended but asked by Fedor, who’s arguably the No. 1 pound for pound fighter in the world to train with him (I personally say he is, which I explain in much more detail in my lb. for lb. best article.).
Now for a young fighter, that’s a great camp to be cultivating your skills at. Not only has he’s been training with Fedor, he’s now going to be training with Georges St.-Pierre in Florida. That’s two different champions and pound for pound best in the world he’s training with.
Now added this great record in MMA and training, he’s also 7-0 in kickboxing. So that’s a total of 38 total professional bouts in the fighting sports before he’s turned 25 years of age.
That’s more than double the fights than 8 of the others fighters on this list (Thiago was excluded from this statistic being he has a total of 22 fights and if you know how to add, that’s more than 38).
And I do not know the percentage on and I hate math so I don’t plan on figuring it out. But either way, he has the best record on the list, is coming from a great camp, is the current holder of 2 belts from legitimate organizations, has fought at multiple weight classes (185, 205, and heavyweight that I know of) and is one of the younger fighters on the list.
I would put money on him being very big in the near future. Maybe one day he’ll hopefully sign with the UFC and we’ll get to see what he’s really made of, especially with the UFC 205 roster being extremely stacked.
I think he would have a better chance at the 205 belt in the UFC than the 185 because sadly I don’t think he’d be able to touch Silva anytime soon.
But let’s just enjoy his fights at Strikeforce for now; he’s fighting King Mo for the title on the next CBS card, so let’s all wait and see how that plays out.