Bellator Middleweight Champion Gegard Mousasi Not Doing The Sport Because He Loves It But Doing It To Get Paid
Gegard Mousasi is set to meet a submission specialist Rafael Lovato Jr. in the main event of Bellator London this (Sat., June 22, 2019) on Paramount.
Mousasi has been professionally fighting for more than 15 years. During that period Gegard becomes DREAM Middleweight champion and Light Heavyweight champion, Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion and is now a reigning Bellator MMA’s Middleweight champ. Now “The Dreamcatcher” says he doesn’t fight for the love of sport but rather doing it to get a payday. (h/t MMAFighting)
“I’m fighting to get paid,” Mousasi said. “I’m not doing this because I love the sport so much. I’m not a crazy person. The motivation if I beat these guys, if I keep winning, my paycheck will go up eventually after my contract is done. That’s the motivation for me. It’s my job.
“The better you do, the more you make. It’s the same for a doctor or lawyer. If you’re a better lawyer, you’re going to make more money. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want to be the best fighter that I can be to beat these guys and then I get a better contract. That’s the whole thing that keeps me going. Fighting is not my life.”
The 33 years old “Dreamcatcher” Gegard Mousasi overall holds 45 wins with just six losses, and two career draws.
Mousasi putting his title on the line this weekend added that he doesn’t need to fight as he’s making enough money out of his real estate business; however, if promotion wants him to continue fighting, then they have to give to negotiate the contract.
“I got three fights on my contract. I want to win them, I want to finish them,” Mousasi explained. “I made my money with good investments, I’m going to make maybe $1 million a year just with my real estate. So for me to go and say I’ll continue fighting, I don’t need to do it. If they come and say ‘we’ll pay you this much to come and fight’ then sure why not. I feel like I’m in my prime. It’s not like I’m losing, and I’m just going in there to get paid.
“It all depends on payments, it all depends on the results of the fight, it all depends on my injuries. This stuff is not fun for me anymore. It’s just my work. The better I work, the more they pay me.”
Gegard Mousasi last fought in September where he scored a TKO win over Rory MacDonald.