"I feel like I have the potential to be a UFC champion," Mousasi told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm training like it, and with time I'm going to prove people wrong. I just need to fight big names and win."
Mousasi's motivation to head to the UFC ranks is simple. He says he wants to test his skills against the best fighters in the world.
"Seeing the UFC as big as it is and knowing it's the biggest stage, people have always wondered if I could fight this guy and beat that guy, and this is an opportunity to prove myself against the best fighters," Mousasi said. "It's a good challenge, and I like that. I think the timing is also perfect now for me to go to the UFC. I feel I'm more mature now and I'm training better. I'm more professional, so I think the timing is also correct."
The final Strikeforce card is slated for Jan. 12. After that, it's anyone's guess where Mousasi will end up. Many think the standout 27-year-old will end up in the UFC.
"I feel like if I use my whole potential, I could be a contender," Mousasi said. "I could win the title. I believe in myself, and I've been training very hard. I know I can get the belt, and that's motivating. Back then, I wasn't in the UFC, and every fight was just another fight. There wasn't any motivation to get better. A UFC title means a lot."
"People can count me out, but I always believe in my ability to win a fight," Mousasi added. "You don't need to win by points. I always believe one punch or one good submission can get the job done. In my fights, I always know I can win the fights, so I don't worry about whether people think I would do well or not. I think maybe two or three wins, and I can get there. I've only lost one fight in my past 21 fights. I don't know why I shouldn't be a contender with a couple of good wins."