Gegard Mousasi: A New Era has arrived
Early Monday morning rumors were stirring on social media that number four ranked UFC middleweight, Gegard Mousasi has signed with Bellator MMA. Chamatkar Sandhu of MMA Junkie had posted the news on social media first, and then it was confirmed by Bellator via press release and Mousasi himself in the afternoon.
Mousasi joins other high profile free agent signings formerly of the UFC such as Roy Nelson, Rory Macdonald, Chael Sonnen, Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, Lorenz Larkin, Matt Mitrione and Benson Henderson. Scott Coker has always said Bellator would pursue talent from all over the sport and seems to be staying true to his word. Bellator NYC also featured the debut of their latest MMA prospects in Heather Hardy and Aaron Pico. They also recently signed Logan Storely, and undefeated prospect that will make his debut at Bellator 181 this Friday.
Mousasi has always been vocal about what he feels he is worth in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) and said so in one of his last appearances on UFC Tonight:
No matter the reasoning, ultimately as the sport of MMA continues to grow the options to earn grows with it. Making money in the sport matters and those options can be limiting when the UFC and Reebok sponsorship deal is looked at. If a young prospect like Storley views better opportunity in Bellator, so will seasoned vets.
Storley told FloCombat when they broke the news of his signing that what the Reebok sponsorship pay would be for him is a number he had already surpassed on his own. There’s a lot of talent out there in MMA and Bellator is pursuing it aggressively.
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