Mousasi has somewhat quietly scored consecutive wins over Thales Leites and Thiago Santos, following his highlight reel, stoppage loss to Uriah hall. Belfort, meanwhile, is looking to get back on track, as he was quickly taken out by “Jacare” Souza in his last outing.
Recently MMA Junkie caught up with Mousasi to discuss his upcoming scrap with Belfort. When asked about his keys for the bout, Mousasi had this to say about Belfort:
“He’s explosive and dangerous in the first two minutes, but I’ve seen him in the last two fights, especially with ‘Jacare’ and Weidman,” Mousasi said. “He fades out very fast. So, either one or two minutes, (and) if he does his thing and it doesn’t work, he’s mine.”
It is true that Belfort fights in recent memory, tend to end pretty quickly, whether he’s the winner or not. Case in point, the last time Belfort hit the second round was back in 2013, when he stopped Bisping. In his bout before that, however, Belfort went into the fourth round with Jon Jones, before losing via submission.
So, even Belfort’s biggest fans would likely concede that the longer this fight goes, the better for Mousasi. It’s certainly a huge scrap for both men. At 39 year’s old, another loss for Belfort would be a massive setback, if he hopes to make another title run.
Mousasi, meanwhile, needs a win to possibly move into the top five at 185. The vet is currently ranked #8.