A former Strikeforce and DREAM champion, Gegard Mousasi already had a vast amount of experience by the time he joined the UFC in 2013.
He didn’t make an immediate impact in the UFC though, initially alternating between wins and losses.
Then he found his stride with a 70 second TKO win against Dan Henderson, and he’d go on to win seven of his next eight fights.
That included a five-fight winning streak where he KO’d Thiago Santos followed by TKO stoppages against Vitor Belfort, Uriah Hall and Chris Weidman.
At the time Mousasi was ranked No.4 in the middleweight division and homing in on a title shot, but then he upset the apple cart by signing for rival promotion Bellator, citing financial reasons and the chance to work with his former Strikeforce boss Scott Coker amongst the reasons for his depature.
Mousasi has continued his winning ways since joining Bellator, going 4-1 overall so far, including having won their middleweight title against Rafael Carvalho and defending it against Rory MacDonald.