You may have have read the article in which I said Georges St-Pierre is the greatest of all time. I am not contradicting that. By saying a fighter is the G.O.A.T, you are claiming that they are the best to ever do it.
The pound-for-pound number one is the best in the world, right now, in any weight division or promotion. I believe that title lies with Gegard Mousasi and here is why.
On Saturday, Mousasi easily finished Rory MacDonald to retain his Bellator middleweight title. This is a testament to Mousasi’s abilities as MacDonald is lethal, he too belongs in the pound-for-pound contention.
The dominant win added another big name to his already exceptional body of work. ‘The Dreamcatcher’ holds wins over Chris Weidman, Dan Henderson; Ronaldo Souza and Melvin Manhoef. He even submitted Mark Hunt at openweight.
Mousasi’s trophy case is adorned with multiple world titles. He captured the middleweight and light heavyweight belts in Dream; the middleweight title in Cage Warriors and Bellator. He also won the 205 pound strap in Strikeforce. In the process of building this resumè, he has won in every way possible.
The UFC made a huge mistake in letting Mousasi go. I believe they will realise this as he continues to achieve great things and try to bring him back.
The middleweight champion’s physique and demeanour are deceptive. He seems almost lethargic, however, when the bell rings he overwhelms people with alarming strength.
Mousasi’s sleepy aura is the source of much criticism. Observers blame his lack of screen-presence for his lack of popularity. With that said, he does have personality albeit down-played.
Hopefully Mousasi will soon gain the attention he deserves rather than residing in unheralded obscurity. The more Bellator gains ground, the more likely that is to happen.