Gegard Mousasi is a professional fighter from Iran who acts in the style of mixed martial arts. In addition to wrestling, he also practices other sports such as kickboxing and judo. He performs in several weight categories: medium and light heavyweight. Geghard is known and loved by fans from all over the world. He is in the top five best fighters in the medium weight category in the UFC, and is also one of the best athletes in the world in the style of mixed martial arts.
The wrestler was born in Iran. August 1, 1985 began his biography. Gegard Mousasi was born into an Armenian family during the war between Iran and Iraq. When he was four years old, he and his family moved to the Netherlands, where they settled in the city of Leiden. Gegard became interested in sports from an early age. At the age of eight he began to learn the technique of judo, but this was not the end of his passion for martial arts. At the age of fifteen, he decided to go in for boxing. Gegard was a very talented young man. Just a year after the start of training, he won the championship among boxing fans in the Netherlands. At the tournament, he spent twelve fights, nine of which won by knocking out opponents. After some time, the young athlete switched to kickboxing, but interest in other styles of struggle did not fade. As a result, Gegard Mousasi began to engage in mixed martial arts.
The beginning of the road to success and glory
Having proven himself to be an excellent boxer in the Netherlands, Gegard was able to sign a contract with the world-famous organization Pride FC. He had fights with legends and champions of martial arts. Makoto Takimoto was Gegard's first strong and well-known opponent. But he fell victim to Musashi in the first round. Gegard won by technical knockout. The next opponent of the fighter was Akihiro Gono, whom the world knows as the legend of MMA in Japan. In this fight, Geghard was much less fortunate. He lost to his opponent in the second round. After this defeat, the athlete had an important fight with Hector Lombardo, a wrestler from Cuba, who later became the Bellator champion. Gegard Mousasi seriously prepared for the fight and won. The judges gave him the victory by unanimous decision.
Championship titles and worldwide fame
The year 2006 was significant for Musashi. He defeated Gregory Buchelagem at the very beginning of the fight and won the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. After this event, he spent five more bouts, all of which won. He was noticed by representatives of the large Dream organization in Japan. Gegard, without any hesitation, signed a contract with them. Here Musashi had several important fights for his sports career. He defeated Denis Kang, who was a master of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, took over Yoon Doc Sik, threw in the ring K-1 veteran Melvin Manhoef. In the finals of the tournament, his opponent was Ronaldo Souza, who perfectly mastered ju-jitsu. But in the first round, Gegard Mousasi knocked him out and became the Dream champion. Further, the fighter even performed in the heavy weight category. His opponent in the ring was Mark Hunt, whose weight is 20 kg more than that of Geghard. But Musashi won a victory over this adversary, inflicting an exact direct blow to his right. After this fight, the American organization Strikeforce offered the athlete to carry out a title fight in their promotion.