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Gegard Mousasi departs UFC for Bellator

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One of the top middleweight fighters in the world is leaving the UFC for Bellator.

Gegard Mousasi announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he has signed with Bellator. Mousasi was a free agent following his TKO victory over Chris Weidman at UFC 210 in April. MMAjunkie’s Chamatkar Sandhu was the first to report the news Monday.

“I’m looking forward to be champion there,” said Mousasi, who added he signed a six-fight deal with Bellator. “If I achieve that, I look forward to going a division up and getting the 205 belt. But first the middleweight belt. That’s my goal.”

Mousasi (42-6-2) is on a five-fight winning streak and was angling toward a UFC title shot before his departure. The Dutchman, by way of Iran, has finished four out of those five victories. Mousasi, 31, is a former Strikeforce and Dream light heavyweight champion.

He is currently ranked No. 4 among middleweights in the UFC’s official rankings, but his four-year stint with the promotion has come to an end.

Source:: mma fighting