Gegard Mousasi Praises Bellator, Says UFC Felt “Like a Factory”
By FCF Staff
As Gegard Mousasi prepares for his Bellator debut this week, it sounds like the middleweight has no doubts he made the right move, singing with the promotion.
Mousasi entered free agency earlier this year, after he stopped Chris Weidman at UFC 210. Eventually, the Dutch fighter signed with Bellator, and Mousasi will take on Alexander Shlemenko this Friday, October 20th.
The 32 year-old recently spoke with MMA Junkie, and while discussing his move to Bellator, Mousasi said this:
“Life is easier. I was able to bring my friends also into Bellator. The treatment that I’m getting is great. I feel Bellator has space to grow, not only with me, but also as a company.
“I was a small fish in the UFC. I’m a big fish in Bellator. That’s why I want to do my part to grow with Bellator. There’s a connection that I don’t have with UFC. It’s a company, like a factory. With Bellator, it’s more that I’m part of the family, and I’m doing the best I can to grow with the family.”
Mousasi went on to say that he was treated well by the UFC, but he also added:
“I think the fairness of payment or the fairness of getting a title shot, it’s too much about the name of the fighter and who they feel they can build as a star as opposed to who is the best fighter. There are issues.”
Bellator 185 will take place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.