When UFC newcomer Gegard Mousasi initially expressed interest in a bout with middleweight star Vitor Belfort (23-10) he was quickly rebuffed by the seasoned Brazilian, feeling as though “The Dreamcatcher” hadn’t earned the opportunity to challenge him in the cage. While the rejection might have been enough to deter some individuals, it appears Mousasi is out to pick a fight with “The Phenom” and doesn’t care what weight it occurs at.
“I will make this easy on Vitor. If he is going to continue to make conditions on who he will fight, I will face Vitor at a catchweight or at light heavyweight,” said Mousasi in a recent interview with MMAJunkie.
“Vitor is a fighter, and he is not getting any younger. He gets paid to fight. He should get in there and do his job with or without the belt. That is his job, and he should not be making such conditions because he is only losing time and opportunity,” Mousasi continued. “If Vitor will do his job, then I will gladly face him at 185 pounds, 195 pounds or 205 pounds. I know both the fans and the UFC want this fight badly. If Vitor does not want to fight, then give me any #1 contender in the middleweight division.”
Mousasi’s comments were clearly aimed at Belfort’s stance on risking his status as top contender. Belfort recently said he would be willing to compete again while waiting for 185-pound champion Chris Weidman to defend his belt against former divisional king Anderson Silva at UFC 168 but did not want to put a potential title-shot in jeopardy by fighting as a middleweight.
The 29-year old Mousasi is still laid up while recovering from knee surgery but is expected to be back by January. He holds an overall record of 34-3-2 with eleven submissions and eighteen TKOs including finishes of Ronaldo Souza, Renato Sobral, and Mark Hunt.