Former Strikeforce champ Gegard Mousasi says he has something to prove in UFC | News

"I talked to my manager (and) he spoke to (matchmaker) Joe Silva and the UFC," Mousasi told "I believe I'm headed to the UFC. I haven't been confirmed yet. I'm looking forward to keep busy in 2013 and I want to fight as much as possible. The bigger the name, the better."

Before Kyle, Mousasi hadn't fought since a December 2011 win over Ovince St. Preux. That was his third fight that calendar year, making him 2-0-1 thanks to a draw against Keith Jardine in a fight he was docked a point for an illegal upkick – a point that cost him a win.

Mousasi won Strikeforce's light heavyweight title in 2009. Less than a year later, in his first defense, he was dominated by Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal and lost the title.

That fight, he says, still haunts him – thanks to the rest of the world not being able to forget about it, or forgive him the loss. And because of that, it may wind up helping serve as motivation for his inevitable move to the UFC.

"I think people underestimate me," he said. "I lost one fight. I see some fighters lose horribly, getting knocked out, getting submitted. I lost one fight, and suddenly I hear a lot of fans talking that I'm not good."

Indeed, since August 2006, that loss to Lawal was his lone defeat. Akihiro Gono submitted him at PRIDE Busido 12. He won 20 of 22 fights after that with just the Lawal loss and Jardine draw keeping him from perfection.

And it's not like he was beating a collection of stiffs, either. Hector Lombard, Melvin Manhoef, Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, Mark Hunt and Renato "Babalu" Sobral all find their names on his victory resume.

So he had the loss to Lawal, and people started writing him off? Mousasi's got a plan for that.

"I'm looking forward to going to the UFC to fight these big names that people think are so good. I'm looking forward to that," he said. "For sure (I have something to prove). I stepped up my training and I feel very confident. We'll see how it goes, but I'm sure I'll do just fine."