Gegard Mousasi Says He Has Lyoto Machida Figured Out
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.22.2014
Mousasi is hoping for a title shot after Machida...
Gegard Mousasi recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 36 and more. Check out the highlights:
On his early quest for a UFC title: "When I came to the UFC, I thought of the best way to get to the title; I thought middleweight was the way to go. I thought maybe one or two wins and I would get a title shot."
On going back to middleweight: "When I hear people are cutting from 220 pounds before the fight [at light heavyweight], I thought that I can easily make middleweight so I won't give any advantages away. Last fight I felt that the weight difference in the last round when he took me down, I felt the weight difference. I don't want to give away any advantages."
On fighting in Machida's home country of Brazil: "I think it's normal because he has fought a lot of times in the UFC, he's fought big names, so obviously he's going to be the favorite. Matchup-wise he's a good matchup for me. This is the fight that I wanted. A well-known name and fighter that can get me close to the title fight. For me, I'm ready to go. But I understand why fans think he's the favorite."
On Machida's style: "He's totally different than anybody I've ever fought, but once you figure him out, it's not very difficult. I changed a little bit my style, the way I'm standing, so this also gives me a lot of confidence. I know standup won't be an issue."
On fighting for a title shot: "I think ‘Jacare' [Souza] is the guy who could get a title fight, but after Vitor Belfort I don't see anyone who is the No. 1 guy. I know [Anderson] Silva is injured, so if I beat Machida it's me or ‘Jacare' if he wins. I'm going to be right up there. It's all about getting the opportunity. I can make a case why I should deserve a title shot, but it's all about UFC."