by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Gegard Mousasi on Friday confirmed that he has indeed separated from the promotional and management team at M-1 Global. Reports of the change first appeared on Sherdog.com.

“After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global. During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me,” read an email statement from Mousasi sent to MMAWeekly.com.

“I am looking forward to continuing my fight career, defending my Strikeforce light heavyweight title and competing in Dream’s light-heavyweight tournament in 2010.”

A source close to Mousasi indicated that he felt it was just time for him to make a change. There has been quite a bit of change for Mousasi lately as he also recently completed a two-week training stint with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

M-1 Global representative Apy Echteld told Sherdog.com that the separation with Mousasi was purely “a business decision” and that there were “no hard feelings.”

While nothing has been announced, it is expected that Mousasi – who has one fight left on his Strikeforce contract – will defend his title against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal when Strikeforce returns to CBS in April.