Khabib Nurmagomedov Says Bellator’s “Gegard Mousasi Is The Most Underrated Fighter In MMA”, Another Former UFC Champion Agrees

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gegard Mousasi, Lyoto MachidaFormer UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Gegard Mousasi is the most underrated fighter in the sport. Gegard Mousasi is set to take on Johnny Eblen this Friday at Bellator 282. His last outing came against Austin Vanderford earlier in February in Dublin, Ireland. Mousasi put on a sensational performance needing less than a minute […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gegard Mousasi, Lyoto Machida

Former UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov believes Gegard Mousasi is the most underrated fighter in the sport.

Gegard Mousasi is set to take on Johnny Eblen this Friday at Bellator 282. His last outing came against Austin Vanderford earlier in February in Dublin, Ireland. Mousasi put on a sensational performance needing less than a minute and a half to dispatch his opponent in the main event.

A trend we see repeated in his fights is his calmness inside the cage. Vanderford came out swinging hard from the first minute and despite throwing the kitchen sink at the 36-year-old Dutchman, he was unable to pressure him out of his game. Mousasi handed ‘The Gentleman’ the first loss of his professional career.

Khabib Nurmagomedov says “Gegard Mousasi is the most underrated fighter”

Following the win at Bellator 275, Khabib Nurmagomedov took to Twitter to heap praises on Mousasi.

@mousasi_mma is the most underrated fighter in MMA today. Congratulations Gegard #Bellator275

Mousasi’s next bout is against another undefeated challenger in Johnny Elben who also happens to train at the American Top Team gym alongside Vanderford. The pair will take to the octagon at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Currently on a four-fight win streak, ‘The Dreamcatcher’ has won 12 of his last 13 fights including his time in the UFC.

Lyoto Machida shares support for Mousasi

Another former UFC champion who expressed his support for Mousasi is Lyoto Machida, who fought Mousasi on two occasions, winning and losing one each.

“Nobody believes in what he can do, because his technique is very ordinary, nothing flashy,” said Machida. “But it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t kick as high as someone else, or he doesn’t do jump knees. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that he is good everywhere, so well-rounded and so calm. He can fight anybody and has fought everybody, and he wins.” (h/t ESPN)

The Bellator middleweight also has a win over Mark Hunt. Mousasi took on the much larger “Super Samoan” in a 2009 tournament under Dream, and managed to secure a first-round straight armbar submission.

Meanwhile, Gegard Mousasi remains unaffected by the talks. Much like Fedor Emelianenko, the composed Mousasi does not care about the titles and has only one aim ahead. “I don’t give a f— about belts,” Mousasi said. “I’m here to make money.”

Fabian Edwards Knocks Lyoto Machida Out Cold In 1 Round – Bellator 281 Highlights

Fabian EdwardsFabian Edwards has knocked former UFC champion Lyoto Machida unconscious in the first round of the co-main event of Bellator 281. Fabian Edwards, the brother of UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards, picked up the biggest win of his career to date. The two men began somewhat tentatively, trading leg kicks back and forth. However, the […]

Fabian Edwards

Fabian Edwards has knocked former UFC champion Lyoto Machida unconscious in the first round of the co-main event of Bellator 281.

Fabian Edwards, the brother of UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards, picked up the biggest win of his career to date. The two men began somewhat tentatively, trading leg kicks back and forth. However, the entire momentum of the fight changed when they clinched. Edwards landed a brutal elbow on the break that had ‘The Dragon’ reeling.

From that point on, Edwards continued to lay it on, landing three massive left hands to send the former UFC champ crumbling to the canvas. Several follow-up shots ensured Machida would not be making it back to his feet anytime soon.

Edwards wins via 1st round KO.

Below, check out the highlights of Fabian Edwards’ brutal KO of Lyoto Machida:

Lyoto Machida Plans To Test Free Agency After Final Bellator Fight

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida says he still has the desire to fight again. Machida is set to fight out his Bellator contract in his next fight, and he revealed he plans to test free agency after that. “[Bellator] came to us and said, ‘Let’s renew [the contract] one more time if Lyoto […]

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida says he still has the desire to fight again.

Machida is set to fight out his Bellator contract in his next fight, and he revealed he plans to test free agency after that.

“[Bellator] came to us and said, ‘Let’s renew [the contract] one more time if Lyoto wants to,’ and whatever, and we said no, let’s fight this one first and then we’ll see,” Machida said to MMAFighting. “Every fight is a different fight for me. I saw it that way in the past, and even more now.”

Although Lyoto Machida says he wants to fight again, he isn’t sure where it will be. He says he wants to be challenged and doesn’t want any easy fights to end his career.

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Not only does he want to be challenged, but the former UFC champion says he wants to be the one to retire from MMA, not being forced out as many veterans are. He still believes he is competing at a high level at 43-years-old but is on a three-fight losing streak.

“I don’t want to end it like most people end their careers,” said Machida. “I want to get to a point and say, ‘Well, I think I’m good.’ I don’t want other people telling me, ‘Lyoto, I you can’t do it anymore,’ or whatever. The way I feel and train, I’m the one that decides. We must have the opportunity to fight, of course. I might know how to wire walk, but there’s no point if I don’t have the wire. I want to continue fighting. I don’t know if [I’ll do] three or four more fights.

“When I was younger, 10 years ago, I was taught to fight every fight as if it was my last; ‘Lyoto, a samurai enters a fight as if it’s last fight.’ You must give your all in training and in the fight, mentally speaking. And now, more than ever, I can’t come here imagining I’ll have three, four, five fights. Every fight is like my last fight. Not in a sense of ending my career, but in the sense of giving my all. And that’s when I’ll make my decision. The fire is still burning inside me and that’s what matters the most. I want to innovate. I want to create a different game. I want to do different things that give me a different experience. And [I want to] fight.”

When and who Machida fights next is uncertain, but it may be his final fight in Bellator.

Who would you like to see Lyoto Machida face next?

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Ryan Bader Attributes Bellator 256 Win To Growth Since 2012 Loss

Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader is part of the light-heavyweight grand prix tournament for the belt he lost in 2020, and he rebounded nicely at Bellator 256. Specifically, the former Bellator light heavyweight champion lost his belt to Vadim N…

Bellator heavyweight champion Ryan Bader is part of the light-heavyweight grand prix tournament for the belt he lost in 2020, and he rebounded nicely at Bellator 256. Specifically, the former Bellator light heavyweight champion lost his belt to Vadim Nemkov by TKO last Aug. However, since he still holds his heavyweight belt, the champion will […]

Lyoto Machida Doesn’t Plan On Retiring Anytime Soon, Win Or Lose

Former UFC champion Lyoto Machida plans on fighting for a while to come, regardless of the outcome of his fight against Ryan Bader tonight in the opening round of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix tournament. In their first meeting in 2012, Lyo…

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Bellator 256: Bader vs. Machida 2 Full Card & Weigh-In Results

The Bellator 256 weigh-ins are complete, and all but one fighter successfully made weight. Tomorrow night at Bellator 256, the light heavyweight grand prix will kick off with former division champion and current heavyweight champ Ryan Bader facing Lyot…

The Bellator 256 weigh-ins are complete, and all but one fighter successfully made weight. Tomorrow night at Bellator 256, the light heavyweight grand prix will kick off with former division champion and current heavyweight champ Ryan Bader facing Lyoto Machida in the main event. The co-main event will feature former UFC vet Liz Carmouche facing […]