Gegard Mousasi has long been considered one of the best middleweights on the planet earth now, and last night he reminded folks on why that is.
The 40 fight plus vet took on the legendary Vitor Belfort at UFC 204, and proceeded to put him away with strikes in round two. The victory was Mousasi’s third straight, and it moved his UFC record to 7-3. That’s an impressive run, when you consider that Mousasi has largely faced ranked contenders since he joined the promotion back in 2013.
After last night’s win, Mousasi had this to say about his future, while taking with FOX Sports 1 (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I feel like I have the best standup in the middleweight division. I’m number five. I’m going to come for one of those guys, one to four, and when I beat them, I’m going to get my title fight. If I can’t fight one of them, I’d prefer to fight Anderson Silva, but I’ll wait to fight one of the top four.”
How about that? Although you might not think Mousasi has the best striking at 185, he’s got to be up there no? The aforementioned Silva is in the mix, and Luke Rockhold has to be up there as well. Uriah Hall, who took out Mousasi last September, is likely in the conversation too.
This debate aside, it will be interesting to see what comes next for Mousasi. Belfot was ranked #5 heading into this weekend’s action, and Mousasi was #9, so, you would think another high stakes fight is next for the latter.