Gegard Mousasi doesn’t believe fans should only swarm to fighters who are brash and controversial, but if that’s what it takes to make them happy, so be it?
For years, hardcore fans and observers have recognized that Mousasi is one of the most talented fighters in the game. “The Dreamcatcher” joined the UFC in 2013 having won titles in DREAM and Strikeforce, and he already had close to 40 fights under his belt at the time.
Although Mousasi has gone 7-3 in the UFC and has scored some impressive wins during that time, the 31 year-old hasn’t become a top draw. Many believe this is because Mousasi has historically, been relatively mild mannered and reserved while talking to the media.
Well, more recently, Mousasi has been speaking his mind more often, and people have been taking notice. While discussing the current environment of MMA, whereby trash talking sells, Mousasi said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m not promoting anything,” Mousasi said. “I’m just being myself. I understand how it works now. Being a quiet guy and saying, ‘I like this fight and I respect my opponent,’ nobody gives a (expletive) about that.
“Nowadays, the good guys always come last. It’s the idiots. People like that. If you’re a bad guy, people are interested to know you. I can play the bad guy. I don’t need to be liked. If they hate me, they’re going to want to watch me lose. People want to see a reason people are fighting each other. So I’ll give them a reason.”
There’s no question that Mousasi has the potential to be one of the UFC’s best middleweights, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to step-up the talk. First things first, however, and that’s Uriah Hall. Mousasi will look to avenge his stoppage loss to Hall from last year, this Saturday, at UFC FN 99.