Recently Chris Weidman argued that Gegard Mousasi may be a “step down” in competition for him, and it sounds like “The Dreamcather” intends to make him pay for those comments.
Weidman and Mousasi are booked to battle at UFC 210, which will go down on April 8th in Buffalo, New York. The fight materialized after Mousasi turned to social media and called on Weidman to “accept the fight already”. Since then, the former middleweight champ has said he thinks Mousasi isn’t on par with the fighters he’s been facing.
“He’s a solid fighter. He is good everywhere, but he’s not great. He’s not that explosive, he’s not that fast and I am going to light him up, I promise,” said Mousasi.
“I know he’s a confident guy, cocky sometimes, but I think he underestimates me. And I am going to show him, I’m not kidding. I am in great shape, no one is taking me down and in standup, I’m just very confident and happy I got this fight,” the former Strikeforce and Dream champ added.
Now, if Weidman is in fact underestimating Mousasi, that would be ill advised. While it’s true that Mousasi came up short against top contenders like “Jacare” Souza (in their rematch), Lyoto Machida and Uriah Hall (in their first bout), he has a lot of ways to end fights.
This is a huge fight for Weidman, who is coming off consecutive losses to Yoel Romero and Luke Rockhold.