Recently The MMA Corner’s Aline Baktchejian Djehdian had the opportunity to speak to former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and current UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi while he was in Brazil.

Mousasi will battle former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida on Feb. 15 in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36 which takes place from the Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

The Dutch-Armenian fighter discussed his title aspirations, fighting in Brazil, and solving Machida’s puzzling attack.

The MMA Corner: How is your preparation going for your fight against Lyoto Machida?

Gegard Mousasi: It’s going great. I have no injuries. Working on the last part, it’s more about details now.

TMC: What are your expectations for the fight?

GM: I expect a win. I think it’s going to be a difficult fight, especially because he has a very different style of fighting.

TMC: The Brazilian crowd makes a lot of noise, what are your expectations about fighting in Brazil?

GM: It is what it is, I am not worried.

TMC: Machida is a defensive fighter—Phil Davis said this before fighting against him. How you plan to counter his game?

GM: Not to fight his fight. It’s all about fighting smart.

TMC: In your career, you have fought against great fighters like Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and you won the Strikeforce title. How satisfied are you with your career since the beginning?

GM: I expect a title in the UFC, and if that happens, I have achieved everything I wanted in my carrier.

TMC: Fedor Emelianenko is a legend in MMA. Talk about your relationship with him and how it has benefited your MMA career.

GM: He is more than a great fighter. He is a very good person, and we have trained together a couple times.

TMC: How do you see the Armenians in MMA?

GM: We have some great fighters.

TMC: How important is it for you being an Armenian fighter?

GM: I am happy if Armenians get happy if I win.

TMC: Does the support of your fellow Armenians fuel your desire to win?

GM: No, I fight to win, and if that makes people happy, of course that’s a plus.

TMC: What is next for you? What are your goals?

GM: I hope to get a title shot if I win.

TMC: Is there anything you would like to say to the Brazilian people?

GM: I hope we put on a good fight and that people enjoy it.

About The Author

Aline Bak
Staff Writer, Brazil

A native of São Paulo, Brazil, Aline began watching MMA with her father during the heyday of Pride in the early 2000's. Her passion for the sport soon turned to the UFC not long after. After attending UFC 134 in Rio de Janeiro and UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Aline was asked to recount her experience for Tatame—one of Brazil's biggest media outlets—and thus began her writing career. In addition to her work for The MMA Corner, she maintains her own site about MMA.