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One day out from Bellator 282 weigh-ins, Gegard Mousasi revealed 24-pound cut needed

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When asked how much fun he had on the Bellator 282 teleconference, middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi didn’t even give a number.

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“Not at all,” he told MMA Fighting. “I need to lose weight and I was too heavy, so I’m going to do it.”

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Hearing how much weight Musashi had to shed to reach the 185-pound limit, it’s not surprising. As of Wednesday afternoon, he said he weighed 209 pounds, meaning he needed to shed 24 pounds. On Thursday morning, he successfully made the championship weight, lifting the scale to 185 pounds.

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“Yes, but I drank a lot of water, so I hope to urinate a lot,” the champion said with a smile about 24 hours before the official weigh-in for the third defense of his second reign as title holder. “Yeah, I was a little too lazy to lose weight. I love to eat, I’m old and tired of losing weight. So I cheated a little, but I’ll make weight. It’s not a problem.”

Musashi has never lost weight in any major MMA promotion (in 2008 he fought Evangelista Santos hard at a regional Canadian show). But for someone who doesn’t like to lose weight, he definitely gave himself a lot to lose.

“I always put on weight,” he added. “Once I missed a weight, but I thought that the weigh-in would be on another day, so I missed this weight. But other than that, I’m always gaining weight.”

Musashi said that a week of fighting was never something he looked forward to.

“I’m never happy until I have a week of fights,” he said. “Well, I like fight week. I hang out with my friends, I go swimming, I go shopping; I bought a lot of clothes. But weight cut day is crap and fight day is crap.

“The rest is all right. Besides, I don’t like to travel either.”

Terrible hunger, long hours on planes, that’s what a champion suffers from because he has a purpose.

“I want to make more money,” he said with a shy smirk. “That’s the problem”.

Musashi said he could retire if he wanted to. He owns several investments in his adopted home in the Netherlands, including an apartment complex. His family obligations support him.

“[I’m] refinancing at the end of the year, and then you have to milk the cow,” he said. “But a little more money won’t hurt. … The thing is, I’m not a single person. I could easily retire and can’t spend all the money. But I have a brother, brother’s wife, cousin, sister, sister’s husband, children, mother, friend, father, friend. So there’s always more to come.”

For some, this may be the wrong reason to enter the cage. But just like dropping a mountain of weight the night before a fight, Musashi does it for so long and so well, what can you say?

Johnny Eblen will face him Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Retired from American Top Team, Eblen is being trained by Mohammed “King Mo” Lawal, the opponent who strangled him 12 years ago to capture the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship.

Eblen promises an all-round threat, although it seems logical that Laval might offer an easier route to victory.

“I don’t plan on lying on my back, so I’ll get up right away if he knocks me down,” Musashi counters.

The last two opponents, John Salter and Austin Vanderford, were the best fit for his victory. Instead, they got a concussion.

Mousasi is looking to challenge for the light heavyweight title next time after champion Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson equalize in their previous fight. Any one of them is suitable for a middleweight champion. The belt is a good accessory. The real benefit is a little more milk.


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