UFC Belfast headliner Gegard Mousasi spoke to MMA Crazy reporter Louise Green about his upcoming rematch against Uriah Hall in the main event at UFC Belfast.
Gegard Mousasi is coming off a second round TKO win over Vitor Belfort at UFC 204 in October and is climbing the rankings to get closer to a shot at the UFC Middleweight belt. But instead of taking on a top five opponent next, Gegard decided to avenge his TKO loss to Uriah Hall.
“Its a detour to the title,” Gegard told Louise. “I feel like I need to settle the score before I go and fight someone in the top four and fight for the belt so its just an extra fight. You have to fight all of these guys anyway so it doesn’t matter”.
When the original main event fell apart, Gegard got the call. He wanted a quick turnaround and either Anderson Silva or Uriah Hall were the next opponents in mind. But his loss to Uriah Hall is one that still bothers him, a jumping spinning back kick TKO just 25 seconds into the second round.
“It was one of the most difficult losses” he said. “It was the first time that I lost that way, it was difficult and I felt that I was the better fighter, I just got caught, these things happen. You live by the sword you die by the sword”
Determined things will go differently this time, Gegard intends to take his time and change his approach. “Im going to take my time, Im not going to rush in. The first fight I was too anxious to beat him. I was too aggressive, too much going forward aggressive, so Im sharper, Im sharp thats going to be the difference.”
Gegard expects Uriah Hall to surprise him on Saturday but is looking forward to putting that loss behind him. “Im tired of seeing the highlight reel of me loosing, so put this behind and then move forward, erase this loss and then Im very close to the title”.
Gegard predicts he will get the job done within two rounds by strikes. Watch the full interview with Louise Green below.