Gegard Mousasi Questions Why MMA Would Be A Passion

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Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi precocious admitted that mixed martial arts is simply a occupation for him, not a hobby that helium is passionate about.

Not galore MMA fighters encapsulate the connection ‘longevity’ rather similar Mousasi. Since making his nonrecreational debut successful 2003, the Iranian-born Dutch has competed 58 times, having his manus raised successful 49 of those appearances.

But contempt a storied and lengthy vocation spanning astir 2 decades, Mousasi inactive finds himself astatine the top, wherever he’s wide regarded arsenic 1 of the top-10 progressive middleweights successful the world. He’ll look to support that estimation erstwhile helium returns to the cage to support his golden against unbeaten contender Johnny Eblen successful the main lawsuit of Bellator 282 this Friday.

But contempt his ongoing dominance successful Bellator’s 185-pound value class, which began aft a UFC stint that featured wins implicit Chris Weidman, Uriah Hall, Vitor Belfort, Thiago Santos, and Dan Henderson came to an extremity successful 2017, Mousasi isn’t precisely passionate astir the sport.

During a caller interrogation with MMA Underground’s John Morgan up of the 3rd defence of his 2nd middleweight reign successful Bellator, Mousasi shared what is possibly a uncommon sentiment among fighters.

While galore often explicit their emotion for MMA, and adjacent suggest that the wealth isn’t the main origin for them, their passionateness for the athletics is, Mousasi says, “What passion?”

“I’m winning my fights. It’s inactive going good, truthful that’s wherefore I continue… I hatred erstwhile radical accidental (about passion). I don’t emotion it, I’ve said it a 100 times,” said Mousasi. “If I had like, 50 cardinal successful the bank, I wouldn’t bash it, I wouldn’t bash it. I’m not crazy. It’s inactive amended than a mean job. It pays the bills and I tin instrumentality attraction of my family.

“Passion? What passion? I’m dieting, I’m rolling with sweaty men everyday, my assemblage hurts, I don’t slumber good erstwhile I’m training, there’s pressure; you sanction it,” Mousasi continued. “There’s not overmuch enjoyment. The process is not (enjoyed), but the results (are). If the results are good, past it’s fulfilling.”

Mousasi evidently doesn’t judge successful the operation ‘find a occupation you emotion and you’ll ne'er person to enactment a time successful your life’.

Nevertheless, portion his motive mightiness beryllium financial, the Dutchman has inactive forged 1 of the champion MMA résumés of each clip and cemented his bequest arsenic a fable of the sport. And his communicative is inactive being written, with the adjacent leafage being prepared for this Friday’s Bellator event.

Where does Gegard Mousasi fertile among the all-time top middleweights?