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Gegard Mousasi Claims UFC Told Him he Wasn’t “Big Enough Name” to Fight Anderson Silva

Kelsey Mowatt

Gegard Mousasi

According to recent comments Gegard Mousasi has made, the UFC believes that Derek Brunson’s a bigger name than the near 50 fight plus veteran…

Recently the UFC announced that Brunson will take on the legendary Anderson Silva at UFC 208, February 11th. The announcement came following a stretch where Mousasi has been campaigning for a bout, and after the decorated fighter had expressed an interest in facing Silva.

Well, since Brunson – Silva was announced, Mousasi spoke with FOX Sports. During the interview, Mousasi reportedly had this to say about the recently booked match-up:

“I wanted to fight Anderson (Silva) and the UFC said ‘well you don’t have a big enough name’ but now he’s fighting Derek Brunson. Luke Rockhold is injured but I see him training all the time. Chris Weidman doesn’t pick up his phone. The UFC offered him that fight a couple of times. (Robert) Whittaker wants to go on holiday for seven months. I don’t know what he’s up to. I’m looking for a fight.”

Now, if that is indeed what went down, and there hasn’t been some sort of miscommunication, that doesn’t make much sense. Brunson has scored some highlight reel stoppages in recent months, and has been moving up the 185 ranks, but so has Mousasi. The latter is coming off back-to-back wins over Uriah Hall and Vitor Belfort, and both of those fighters, especially Belfort, are big names.

Mousasi went on to say that he’s willing to face any 185’er, from #1 through to #15. Hopefully “The Dreamcatcher” is booked for a bout soon.

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