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Mousasi: "I'm back in 2013, I will be champion"


Things have been very quiet on the Gegard Mousasi front since his December win over Ovince St. Preux at the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal event.

The DREAM light-heavyweight champion and former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion did have a fight booked for March but he then suffered a bad ACL tear in training and was forced to undergo surgery. He is still rehabilitating the injury and doesn’t expect to be back in action until 2013.

Mousasi has an amateur boxing background and had been hoping to represent the Netherlands in the Olympics this summer. But the knee injury put paid to that and now he is focused on his return to mixed martial arts.

We caught up with him for a quick chat:

FO: Hey Gegard. Its been a while since we heard from you. Is there any chance of you following some of the other Strikeforce guys to the UFC now?

“No UFC. I will be coming back next year in January and probably fight for the title.”

FO: That’s a long layoff. How is rehab on the knee injury going?

“My knee is going well I could have a fight in September but that was a little bit too early with the recovery so January I will be 100% ready.”

FO: Are you getting much MMA training in these days or is it strictly rehabilitation work at the moment?

“I am training every day. I have grown a lot this couple months, mentally and physically. This time I am coming to USA to train for my fight. I will be champion.”