Northern Ireland could make or break Gegard Mousasi.
He could finally be getting the attention he deserves, and being ranked as the #5 Middleweight, this could be the final step before he’s in the mix for a title shot at 185.
We’ve seen all sides of Gegard, from hilarious dry humour to his less-than-popular opinions on his treatment and other fighters. Despite all this, he has managed to be one of the most consistent middleweights ever, without all the bells and whistles.
Mousasi now looks to enact revenge on his most recent loss (see below) against Uriah Hall at Fight Night 99 in Belfast, which was his first L in over two years, with the previous coming via guillotine from the Gator, Jacare Souza.
If you’re not familiar with Hall, he is the man made famous by his ridiculous spinning-heel kick KO from The Ultimate Fighter 17, a sound that still resonates today if you listen closely.
At 12-7, ‘Prime Time’ has always hovered around the #10 ranking where he stands today. But after a pair of losses set him back following his win over Mousasi, this could also be the TSN Turning Point for Hall.
Mousasi believes that his loss versus Hall was indeed a fluke and at this point in his career I am forced to agree with him. He looks better than ever following two TKO victories over Vitor Belfort and Thiago Santos (below) which have all come in quick succession.
This will be his fourth fight of the year (Feb, July UFC 200, Oct. UFC 204) showing either that he is super consistent, or that it’s easy to fight again when you have taken very little damage in your bouts.
My prediction: Barring a flash KO from Hall again, or a flurry resulting in a KO from former-boxer Mousasi, I see the Dutchman winning via unanimous decision. Either way, Mousasi is going to come out on top and have his name cemented in long-overdue title talks, akin to Khabib, but obviously with the unbeaten record. Still, 40-6-2 is incredibly impressive.