Gegard Mousasi is now making his way over to the Viacom owned Bellator MMA promotion, as the fighter recently signed a multi-fight contract with the promotion.
Mousasi is also a firm believer that the new UFC owners in WME-IMG have no idea what they are doing, and it's leading to fighter pushback.
“The new owners (at WME-IMG), they don’t understand fighting as well,” Mousasi said to MMA Junkie. “The Fertitta brothers, they made the company. Even (UFC President) Dana White, he doesn’t work with the same people. All the other guys got fired. One fight before my contract expired, I believe they would have pushed bigger negotiations, and it would have been different. But this company, they have a lot of debt. That’s not the fighters’ fault that they’re cutting staff and cutting fighters’ money. That’s not our problem.”
The fighter now goes back to a working relationship with Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker, who ran Strikeforce while Mousasi held the promotion’s light heavyweight title.
Now that Mousasi has signed with Bellator MMA, it is going to be the intriguing fights that interest him.
“It’s not my opponent, but that’s an intriguing fight,” Mousasi said. “Even Wanderlei (Silva) because of his name. Quinton Jackson. I don’t know. I can bounce around divisions. But I’m going to get the middleweight belt first, and I think Rory MacDonald is a good fight. People would love to see that. But my goal is to win the belt.”
Bellator MMA has signed a lot of big name free agents in the last year-plus, with Mousasi being the latest of those big signings.