Yesterday Gegard Mousasi confirmed to www.M-1Global.com that he expected to face off with Vitor Belfort at the third Affliction event which is expected for August 1. Well his expected opponent has made public the fact that he has no desire to stray away from his current middleweight class for any reason.
Mousasi has made it known that there is no way that he can physically make the 185 pound weight class any longer and wants to meet up with Belfort at a catch-weight. Something the Brazilian gives little to no chance of happening.
“Who defines this isn’t him,” Belfort was quoted as saying in a recent interview with Tatame.com. “I fight at 185lbs. If they want to do this fight at 185lbs, it’s done, otherwise I see no option to go up, even because he isn’t a challenge, a man with much name. To go up, I don’t see him as a challenge. I want to fight with him in the weight he was champion (at DREAM), then I think its worth”
Mousasi can’t make 185 pounds anymore, there’s no two ways around it. Nothing to discuss there.
“I cannot make the weight, otherwise I would have continued to fight at 185 and not given up my DREAM middleweight title,” explained Mousasi in the interview with M-1Global.com. “I cannot make 185 anymore and that is final.”
The former DREAM middleweight champion went on to challenge Belfort to a catch-weight bout at the upcoming Affliction show in the interview. Mousasi also expressed surprise at the fact that Belfort had recently made his desire to move up to heavyweight to face Fedor Emelianenko public yet is currently completely unwilling to budge from the middleweight mark for a possible bout with Mousasi, who is widely regarded as one of the game’s most complete mixed martial artists.
Mousasi found Belfort’s comments about him not being a challenge interesting to say the least considering that Mousasi is currently ranked higher than Belfort in most respectable ratings polls today. In the exclusive interview with www.M-1Global.com Mousasi went on to say that it was “strange that he does not see me as a challenge when many rankings have me ranked higher than him at middleweight.”
You can read Mousasi’s response to Belfort’s recent comments in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.