In the main event at UFC FN 99, Gegard Mousasi will come face to face with Uriah Hall, the man who decimated him just over a year ago, and as a consequence, put a temporary halt on his progression to the 185-pound summit.
“The Dreamcatcher” is on a three-fight win streak, with his most recent victim being “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort.
Nothing is set in stone in the WME-IMG world of mixed martial arts, but common sense would suggest that Mousasi is two, max three fights away from a shot at the middleweight crown.
As that is the case, the 31-year-old Iranian Dutchman can ill-afford another hiccup in the shark infested tank of the 185ers. Anything but a win against Hall, 32, will see him slide down the rungs once again, and hauling ass back up is easier said than done.
Conversely, “Prime Time” who was once touted as the division’ next big thing, is in a bit of a quagmire; his stock seems to rise and fall with every outing. One minute he’s dishing out highlight reel knockouts, the next he becomes the highlight spot.
And therein lies the rub; you never know which Hall is going to turn up – “Prime Time” or “Graveyard Slot.”
That being said, the Jamaican is currently riding a two-fight skid. And last time out, he got lit up like a Christmas tree courtesy of Derek Brunson.
A third loss and Hall’s stock gets wiped off the middleweight market. Now that’s where Mousasi comes in. Although Hall (12-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC) cleaned his clock (no fluke, more a case of ill-timing), lightning won’t strike twice.
Mousasi (40-6-2 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is a beast, and he’s on a tear to boot. The four-time world champion who has held belts in DREAM, Cage Warriors and Strikeforce (middleweight and light heavyweight) has the requisite tools to overcome #10 Hall on Nov. 19 and overcome him he will.
Get ready for the “The Dreamcatcher” to catch a dream via knockout, thusly grabbing that number four spot in the middleweight rankings.