Another elite MMA fighter has exits the UFC and signed with Bellator MMA.
Gegard Mousasi, considered to be a top 10 contender in the world of MMA has chosen to sign with it’s biggest competitor. Gegard who recently visited the Philippines for UFC is just one of the recent well known fighters who signed a long term deal with Bellator, to be exact, a 4 year deal.
Bellator later announced the news in a press release.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Gegard to the growing Bellator family,” Bellator President Scott Coker said in a statement. “He’s one of the most well-rounded fighters in all of MMA and can compete in multiple divisions, so that really opens up some exciting matchmaking opportunities for us and for the fans. We’re looking forward to having him compete on Spike very soon.”
Gegard Mousasi recently visited Manila and Powcast got a brief opportunity to speak with the MMA superstar.
Gegard Mousasi is a Dutch mixed martial artist and kickboxer currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.He is the former DREAM Light Heavyweight Champion, former DREAM Middleweight Champion, former Cage Warriors World Middleweight Champion and the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, thus making Mousasi a four-time World Champion. As of October 2016, he is #5 in official UFC middleweight rankings.
May 05, 2017 – MMA fans gathered at Glorietta 2 Activity Center for an open work out with UFC fighters Gegard Mousasi,Jenel ”The Demolition Man” Lausa and CJ “The Golden Boy” De Tomas.
Everyone were cheering for the three, as they came up on stage one by one. Fresh from his recent victory against Chris White, the 4-time world champion Gegard Mousasi showcased his skills in front of Filipino fight fans. He also showed his grappling moves and delighted the fans to a rare moment sparring with the URCC two weight division champ Chris Hoffmann who is also a great candidate to becoming a UFC fighter. CJ and Jenel also showed their skills and also gave a sparring show.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa lahat sa pagsuporta sa Filipino fighters” – Jenel Lausa
“Iba tayo, filipino, puso kahit alam na high level, nag pu-pursige” – CJ De Tomas
CJ De Tomas UFC debut fight is against a Japanese fighter Naoki Inoue at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore on June 17.
After the open work out, UFC fans were treated with an opportunity to a meet and greet, photos and some autograph signing.
Michael Bisping remains to be the middleweight champion of the world after beating the legend and future Hall of Famer Dan Henderson via unanimous decision. This is his 20th wins which made the most wins in UFC history. Bisping just passed Gorges St-Pierre’s record. But it was never an easy one. Hendo gave him massive punches that broke Bisping’s face. The Count escaped the finish in the first and second round. The UFC 204 was held on October 8, 2016 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Gegard Mousasi extends his win-streak with a huge win against one of the scariest fighters Vitor Belfort who was reportedly retiring after this fight. Belfort was throwing combos countering Mousasi. In the second round, The Armenian Assassin kicked The Phenom in the head then finished him off with ground and pound.
Ovince Saint Preux lost to Jimi Manuwa. He was brutally knocked out by The Poster Boy’s left hook. This competition was important for both men to move on up the LHW rankings and avoid adding one more in their loss record. Manuwa bounced back from a KO loss to Anthony Johnson at UFC 191, while Jon Jones defeated OSP in their short-notice bout at UFC 197.
The Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson bout was awarded FOTN. While Jimi Manuwa and Iuri Alcantara both earned POTN.
Official fight card result:
MiddleweightMichael Bisping (c) def. Dan Henderson by unanimous decision MiddleweightGegard Mousasi def. Vitor Belfort by TKO at 2:43 in round 2 Light Heavyweight Jimi Manuwa def. Ovince Saint Preux by knockout at 2:38 in round 2 HeavyweightStefan Struve def.Daniel Omielańczuk by submission (d’arce) at 1:41 in round 2 FeatherweightMirsad Bektic def.Russell Doane by submission (RNC) at 4:22 of round 1 BantamweightBrad Pickett def.Iuri Alcântara by submission (triangle choke) at 1:59 of round 1 BantamweightDamian Stasiak def. Davey Grantby submission (armbar) at 3:56 of round 3 WelterweightLeon Edwards def.Albert Tumenov by submission (RNC) at 3:01 of round 3 LightweightMarc Diakiese def. Łukasz Sajewski by TKO at 4:40 of round 2 WelterweightMike Perry def. Danny Roberts by KO (knee and punches) at 4:40 of round 3 LightweightLeonardo Santos def.Adriano Martins by split decision in round 3
No. 13 Dan Henderson knocked out middleweight champion Michael Bisping at the historic UFC 100 in 2009. The Henderson vs. Bisping 2 is happening after seven years that will be held on October 8, 2016 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Dan Henderson confirmed that he will be retiring after this fight in an interview three months ago. “I probably should give more thought to it being my last fight than I do, because it is going to be the last time. I’m not emotional, I’m not anything about it, it’s just another fight. I was ready at the last fight to be done, but obviously I couldn’t turn down a title shot. My body could easily go another four or five years if I really wanted to.”
Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi will headline the co-main event. Belfort lost to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 198. The main event fighters Bisping and Henderson were both knocked out by Belfort as well as the former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in 2013. Mousasi came from a win against Thiago Santos and Thales Leites and will be looking to extend his win-streak this year.
Ovince Saint Preux and Jimi Manuwa to cross paths in the light heavyweight division. Meanwhile, the bantamweight bout between Entwistle and Rob Font was scrapped due to medical condition. Entwistle slipped in and out of consciousness during the weight cutting process.
Official fight card:
MiddleweightMichael Bisping (c) vs. Dan Henderson MiddleweightVitor Belfortvs.Gegard Mousasi Light HeavyweightOvince Saint Preuxvs.Jimi Manuwa HeavyweightStefan Struvevs.Daniel Omielańczuk FeatherweightMirsad Bekticvs.Russell Doane BantamweightBrad Pickettvs.Iuri Alcântara BantamweightDavey Grantvs.Damian Stasiak WelterweightLeon Edwardsvs.Albert Tumenov LightweightŁukasz Sajewskivs.Marc Diakiese WelterweightDanny Robertsvs.Mike Perry LightweightLeonardo Santosvs.Adriano Martins