An injury almost cancelled the main event of the UFC on Fuel TV 9 card this past Saturday. Only, it wasn’t the injury that we all read about in the cut over Alexander Gustafsson’s eye. Instead, the injury was that of Gegard Mousasi, who despite his opponent pulling out of the fight a mere four days before fight night, fought to a unanimous decision victory over Ilir Latifi.
Mousasi (34-3-2) and UFC President, Dana White, both talked about the injury during the post-fight press conference, though neither gave specific details about it.
“I don’t want to talk a lot about my injury,” said Mousasi, “but I can tell that this injury, I’m pretty sure 95 percent wouldn’t fight, from other fighters. You know, I stepped up, I didn’t cancel the show, you know, I don’t know, we go from here.”
Details have yet to be publicized about the true nature of the injury, when Mousasi will likely have surgery, or even an expected return to action.
In the same press conference, Dana White touted Mousasi for his tenacity and willingness to fight for the UFC. Given the last-minute switch of opponent, some April Fool’s Day antics, and his injury, it is an impressive feat that Mousasi was willing to go through with Saturday night. For his efforts, Mousasi earned six figures and the invaluable respect of Dana White.
Said White, “He had knee problems all through his camp. He checked with his doctor, and his doctor said you can make it through this fight and then you’re gonna have to have surgery after the fight… Kid wants to fight cuz he’s gonna come here and fight the number three ranked light heavyweight in the world. He doesn’t want to give up this opportunity; he wants to fight [Gustafsson]. Shows up here to fight him; gets stopped on a cut… He’s training for this tall striker, ends up fighting a short, strong southpaw wrestler, and still accepts the fight and takes it. So, again, much respect to the guys in the main event.”
Despite a decision many fans are calling lackluster, Mousasi proved himself to be a tough fighter willing to step up and prove himself. Depending on the extent of his injury and the surgery required, it could be some time before he returns to action. After Saturday, however, it is clear that the UFC will be holding a spot for him on its roster at 205 lbs.Tags: Alexander Gustafsson, Dana White, Gegard Mousasi, ilir latifi, mma, MMA NEWS, ufc, ufc news, UFC on Fuel, UFC On Fuel 9, ufc on fuel tv, UFC on FUEL TV 9