Written by Grant Gordon
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, the pound-for-pound No. 10 fighter in the world of mixed martial arts according to Yahoo! Sports, visited the Glendale Fighting Club on Tuesday night.
He met some youngsters in the judo class of former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Roman Mitichyan before helping out the mixed martial arts class later that night.
Mousasi, a resident of Holland who hasn’t lost an MMA fight in more than three years and defeated Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou in November live on CBS, said it was his third time visiting Glendale.
“I feel like I’m friends with them all,” said Mousasi of the host of area fighters, including GFC proprietor Edmond Tarverdyan, Mitichyan and World Extreme Cagefighting’s Manny Gamburyan and Karen Darabedyan and Bellator Fighting Championships’ Georgi Karakhanyan. “I feel very welcome, but now I feel like it’s my second home. …I feel really comfortable here.”
Mousasi, who is 28-2-1, is set to film a live episode of “Inside MMA” in Los Angeles before leaving for Miami to train with UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre.
Known for his calm and cool demeanor, Mousasi is also regarded as a superior all-around fighter, with stellar submission and striking skills. However, coming from Holland, he does not have a judo background like many Armenian fighters such as Mitichyan, Gamburyan and Karo Parisyan. Thus, he’s learned something new and was also impressed by the amount of students learning martial arts at GFC.
“I got thrown a couple of times, it doesn’t matter that I’m bigger,” he smiled. “We don’t have [all that many judo and boxing classes] in Holland. It’s something new.”
Mousasi is likely to face Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in his next Strikeforce fight at a date to be determined.