Gegard Mousasi may not be one of the first names North American fans mention when they’re asked to mention a UFC star, but that’s likely not the case abroad.
After all, Mousasi has competed extensively around the globe throughout the years, and the Holland resident has put together a 37-5-2 record. So, in other words, there aren’t many European fighters in the UFC who carry a more impressive resume.
Well, recently it was announced that the tire titan Bridgestone has signed Mousasi to a sponsorship deal, which is kind of a big deal. Mousasi broke the news shortly before he went on to score an impressive, UD win over Costas Philippou at UFC Fight Night 66.
The agreement also comes not long before the UFC’s Reebok uniform deal gets underway in July, which will prohibit fighters from wearing other sponsorships during fight week.
In a follow up story from MMA Junkie.com, Mousasi’s manager Nima Safapour noted that the deal’s “monumental”, as “only a handful of UFC stars have been sponsored by companies of Bridgestone’s caliber.”
This is true. And in terms of the widely debated Reebok uniform deal?
“There is no secret that now it is going to become harder for MMA fighters to earn income with the mandatory Reebok uniform requirement starting in July,” Safapour said. “The earning capacity of most fighters will go down consequently. So the burden is on management to become more creative and aggressive with out-of-cage opportunities…”
So, clearly things are going pretty well for Mousasi these days, who has won two straight now since he was submitted by “Jacare” Souza in September.