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Gegard Mousasi Says He Has Lyoto Machida Figured Out
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.22.2014

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."


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