Gegard Mousasi has been raising eyebrows more often in recent months, with various comments about the game, but the middleweight insists it’s not an act.
For years, Mousasi has been regarded as one of the more reserved, soft spoken fighters in MMA. But, in more recent weeks, many of Mousasi’s interviews have been something you don’t want to miss. Case in point, recently Mousasi relayed that he’s going to “light” up the sometimes “cocky” Chris Weidman, when they battle this Saturday at UFC 210. The contender’s also opined that Michael Bisping’s trying to delay fighting Yoel Romero, as “much as possible”.
Well, recently Mousasi was asked about his new approach, in terms of speaking his mind more often, and the 31 year-old said this (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I’m just speaking my mind,” Mousasi said. “I’m not acting. I’m not an actor. Some guys, they’re good at trash talking. They put on an act like WWE. But at the end of the day I’m just me, I’m just speaking my mind. I’m coming to fight.”
Ya. Mousasi doesn’t strike you as the kind of guy who likes to troll, or say things he doesn’t believe. Further, considering his abilities and the fact he already has nearly 50 pro bouts under his belt, it’s not surprising Mousasi’s not short on confidence.
If he can get through Weidman on Saturday, Mousasi will be right there, in the title shot mix. When asked about his title shot prospects, however, Mousasi conceded that Romero is the “#1 contender”.
UFC 210 will take place in Buffalo, New York. In the headliner, light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier will take on Anthony Johnson.