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Gegard Mousasi has a billion fights left on his Strikeforce contract

Say what you will about Gilbert Melendez’s situation, but at least he’s only got one more fight on his Strikeforce contract after this weekend. Gegard Mousasi, on the other hand…

“I had one fight left. Then I was hoping maybe to go to the UFC after that, but then they offered me – they said we’re going to give you a new contract. So I signed for another six fights. Now I have a six (or) seven-fight deal, I believe, in Strikeforce,” explained Mousasi. “(Zuffa) said the Strikeforce fighters were going to stay with Strikeforce. And that’s the thing that it was, so we signed again.”

It’s taken Mousasi 3 years to get 5 fights with Strikeforce, so at that pace he’ll be locked up until … oh, 2015 or so. Fortunately for him, the writing on the wall with Strikeforce is pretty plain for everyone to see. Well, almost everyone.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker was asked during a recent conference call his feelings on the fight promotion remaining on Showtime in the future.

Coker didn’t hesitate, saying, “We have a great relationship. I think we have provided great fights with great ratings. You’ll continue to see Strikeforce on Showtime for many years to come.”

  • Giallo

    at least when they fold he’ll get his contractual fights in the ufc, maybe. or maybe they want him to get past jardine first

  • drunkenjunk

    lol, Keith Jardine is a warrior and the 185lb title challenger in Strikeforce. I thought Gil just signed a new deal and has like 3 or 4 fights left.

  • iamphoenix

    6 or 7 fights is not a billion. I want you to retract your statement. I’m offended.

  • Fightlinker

    i sex your math up the butt. sexy time

  • Blackula Jonez

    Remember when Gegard was our only possible hope against the Machida era?

    This constantly mutating beast we call mma.

  • agentsmith

    Long contracts make no sense to me, cause they only reward middling performance.  There’s still no job security cause they can always cut him after any loss, and if he wins all 6 fights he’ll be worth more than he’s earning by the end.  I’d say 3 fights is the most you should ever sign up for.

    I’m not a sports contract lawyer, but I play one on the interwebs.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Fuck, I always wanted to see Gegard versus Anderson.

  • http://www.fightnewsunlimited.com Xyiencesucksdotcom

    Funny thing is, all the other MMA media folks on that conference call were too afraid to ask the question I did. Everyone else was kissing ass. You should have heard the uncomfortable silence on Coker’s end before he asked me to repeat part of the question. I doubt I’ll get anymore invites to be on future calls.

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