Anderson Silva is reportedly eager to scrap at the UFC’s upcoming event in Curitiba, Brazil, and although Gegard Mousasi has passed on that opportunity, he’s definitely interested in fighting the legend.
Following Silva’s UD loss to Michael Bisping last month, it was reported that the star wouldn’t compete at the May 14th event in his hometown, due to a lack of potential opponents. More recently, however, his trainer Rogerio Camoes told Sherdog.com that Tim Kennedy and Mousasi were possibilities.
Well, that apparently got the media going, and as a result, Mousasi’s manager recently released the following statement to MMA Fighting.com:
“All of the Brazilian media has been contacting us today about a potential Mousasi/Silva match-up in Brazil. It is an exciting idea as it will be a stadium show. However, the Curitiba card is right around the corner. Therefore, we need adequate time to put the camp together and prepare. We would gladly fight Anderson. However, a May date is too soon of a return. Had we known immediately after the London card then maybe. But that time has passed us, unfortunately. We will take the fight gladly. However, I think it would make more sense to have them fight either at UFC 199 in LA at the earliest, or alternatively, at UFC 200 in Vegas at the latest. Gegard wants to have the fastest turnaround possible while not compromising the organization and structure of his training camp. So the question should go back directly to Anderson on whether he accepts our challenge at either UFC 199 or UFC 200.”
There you have it. Now, Mousasi has also hit up Twitter with the challenge, and it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Mousasi is ranked #9 and Silva’s #6, so the fight makes sense from that perspective. Of course, stylistically it could make for a great fight as well.
But, if Silva is determined to compete at UFC 198, which is going down in a soccer stadium let’s remember, Mousasi could be out of luck. Kennedy has called for a fight with Silva before…So if he’s available, then that could be the direction the UFC goes.
Mousasi is coming off a UD win over Thales Leites at UFC FN 84, after being taken out by Uriah Hall in September.