Gegard Mousasi typically makes headlines due to his actions in the cage, rather than his words, but that’s not entirely the case following UFC 204.
Mousasi took on Vitor Belfort this past Saturday, and Dutch fighter dominated the Brazilian star and finished him in the second round. It was Mousasi’s third straight win, and the victory should lead to another top five ranked opponent. Belfort was ranked #5 at 185 prior to the card, while Mousasi was #9.
Longtime observers of MMA have recognized that Mousasi is one of the best middleweights on the planet for years, but the reserved fighter has yet to become a mainstream name. Mousasi was asked whether he believes he’s underrated following his win on Saturday, and the 40 fight plus vet said this (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“I think I’m underrated throughout my whole career,” Mousasi said. “I don’t know, maybe I’m from Holland and people don’t care. I don’t know, maybe I’ll throw bottles on someone’s head, and people are going to start noticing me.”
“If I fight Michael Bisping with his performance tonight — I like Michael Bisping but you guys know I would beat him. I would beat him. I would jab his face the whole night. Easy.”
Mousasi sounds a wee bit frustrated. While it’s understandable, the current reality’s that more fans respond to fighters who make waves with their fists and words. To that point, it’s interesting to hear Mousasi’s take on how a fight with Bisping would go down. Would Mousasi beat the middleweight champ “easy”? One thing’s certain, Mousasi’s a tough out for any one.