After his second-round TKO over
With a one-minute destruction of
His detractors will say Mousasi wasn't aggressive enough against Sokoudjou and could have ended the fight earlier. Those critics should be reminded that current UFC light heavyweight champion,
A fighter must display controlled aggression in order to sustain a long, successful career. One overly eager move could turn the tide in favor of the other fighter. Mousasi shows enough patience in the cage that allows him to pounce when the other fighter is on his last legs and not a moment before.
There is only so much Mousasi can do in Strikeforce to add to his legacy. Before long, most will be pushing for his move to the UFC. It would be significant increase in the talent he would face, but how much success would he find in one of the deepest divisions in the sport?
Looking at the current rankings in the light heavyweight division shows a couple things. Most notably,
Based on his age, recent successes and fighting style, there is no reason to think Mousasi couldn't compete with the fighters at the very top of the division.
Mousasi would likely be able to overwhelm
Mousasi's judo background may be another factor that benefits him, especially against a fighter like Evans. He could use any number of judo throws to get Evans off his feet and employ a very dangerous ground-and-pound.
That leaves the current champion and the fighter that many feel should be champion,
While Mousasi may still not be able to beat either fighter, he would be great competition for each. He possesses the toughness, quickness and power that would make each fighter push themselves to the absolute limit.
Of course, very few people would be surprised if Mousasi beat either the champion or the number one contender. He is already talented enough to beat the very best in the world and very few would call it an upset.
Only 24, Mousasi has already established himself as one of the great fighters in the world. He has enough time to one day be called the very best.
For that to happen, however, he needs to head to the UFC and fight the best fighters in the world on the biggest stage.