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Gegard Mousasi Says He Wants to be a UFC Champion

January 7, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Gegard Mousasi recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Mike Kyle at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine this weekend and more. Check out the highlights:

On wanting a title shot in the UFC: “I feel like I have the potential to be a UFC champion. I’m training like it, and with time I’m going to prove people wrong. I just need to fight big names and win.”

On people who doubt his skills: “I don’t mind. I don’t think about proving anything to anybody.”

On his losses in 2006 and 2010 bringing him down: “After the Gono fight, I lost a lot of motivation, but that was a long time ago. Since then, things were going very well. I picked up the motivation and things were going good. But after the ‘King Mo’ fight, I was very disappointed. I think I lacked even more motivation.”

On his time away from competition: “I think it was good to have a break. I wasn’t motivated in my past few fights, so I’m trying to see it in a positive way. Now I’m ready. I’m training hard, and I’m in great shape. My conditioning is where it should be, and it wasn’t in my previous fights. I believe I was training in a comfort zone, and everything was going well. But now I’m good. I think the one-year layoff did it. And of course the possibility of going to the UFC.”

On his fight this weekend: “I’ve got Mike Kyle now, and that’s the main focus, but if I go to UFC, I want to fight big names. Anyone in the top 10 would be good. Seeing the UFC as big as it is and knowing it’s the biggest stage, people have always wondered if I could fight this guy and beat that guy, and this is an opportunity to prove myself against the best fighters. It’s a good challenge, and I like that. I think the timing is also perfect now for me to go to the UFC. I feel I’m more mature now and I’m training better. I’m more professional, so I think the timing is also correct.”

On his potential: “I feel like if I use my whole potential, I could be a contender. I could win the title. I believe in myself, and I’ve been training very hard. I know I can get the belt, and that’s motivating. Back then, I wasn’t in the UFC, and every fight was just another fight. There wasn’t any motivation to get better. A UFC title means a lot. People can count me out, but I always believe in my ability to win a fight. You don’t need to win by points. I always believe one punch or one good submission can get the job done. In my fights, I always know I can win the fights, so I don’t worry about whether people think I would do well or not. I think maybe two or three wins, and I can get there. I’ve only lost one fight in my past 21 fights. I don’t know why I shouldn’t be a contender with a couple of good wins.”

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