During a current interview, Gegard Mousasi opened up about his time with the UFC and the way harsh the promotion may be with their fighter’s contract negotiations.
The Dutchman spent 4 years with the corporate, profitable 9 fights and shedding three in that point. He additionally carried a five-fight win streak earlier than shockingly leaving for the nice of his profession and private life.
Speaking with CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri, Gegard Mousasi detailed what he was advised throughout his first-ever contract signing with the UFC:
“The first contract, they stated as a result of I used to be coming off Strikeforce, okay, I wasn’t doing very nicely in the UFC however they stated you signal it otherwise you depart… They stated no negotiation, you signal otherwise you depart.”
The martial arts legend then described the issue that almost all fighters signed to the promotion have.
“UFC may be laborious in negotiations. People suppose it is all kisses and hugs, imagine me they are often brutal. If they want you, Dana White will name you… If they do not want you, you are gonna discover out on Sherdog that you’ve got been launched.”
The situation between the 2 events escalated to some extent the place Mousasi now not needed to compete in the octagon. While it could have been good to see him competing in opposition to names like Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker, the 36-year-old wanted to do what’s finest for his profession and lower ties with the UFC.
Listen to Mousasi’s ideas on the UFC and their negotiating ways in the video under:
Gegard Mousasi’s legacy in MMA
Despite by no means with the ability to seize a UFC title, Gegard Mousasi stays one of the crucial famend and embellished fighters in the historical past of the game.
As nicely as being a two-time Bellator middleweight champion, the veteran has held gold in three different MMA promotions. During his 58-fight profession, the Holland-native has held the Strikeforce light heavyweight title, the Cage Warriors middleweight strap and was the primary to win belts in two separate DREAM divisions.
Alongside his championship accolades, the judo black belt has fought in opposition to a few of the best athletes to ever grace the blended martial arts. Dan Henderson, Jacare Souza, Vitor Belfort, Lyoto Machida, Mark Hunt and Rory MacDonald are only a few of the variety of legends he has fought.
Gegard Mousasi is a gifted competitor who not solely excelled in MMA however was additionally an unbeaten kickboxer and had an beginner boxing document of 12-1.