Gegard Mousasi closed out his UFC contract this past weekend, and it looks like talks between his camp and the promotion could get dicey.
Although Mousasi’s victory over Chris Weidman this past Saturday at UFC 210 was mired in controversy, the middleweight contender is entering free agency having won five straight fights. The decorated fighter has also finished his contract, at a time when Mousasi has been very critical about how much he’s been getting paid.
Case in point, recently Mousasi asked how it’s possible that the likes of Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson and Mark Hunt are making more than him, since he’s defeated all three. Well, following UFC 210, Dana White was asked to comment on Mousasi’s recent statements, and here is some of what he had to say (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“Dan Henderson has been in the game forever. Mark Hunt has an entire country behind him. When we do fights in Australia, he sells out arenas. Gegard Mousasi isn’t selling out arenas,” White said.
“That’s why you see guys like Bisping, different fighters from Brazil, Conor McGregor. When you have guys who have countries behind them, it’s a game-changer for them. Not everybody has that luxury.”
White also added that he likes Mousasi, and the UFC President noted that he “brought” the veteran to the promotion. But, based off these comments, you have to wonder if Mousasi will be back in the Octagon, if another promotion like Bellator offers big bucks. In recent weeks, the UFC has let several fighters go elsewhere, who were top tier fighters, but not necessarily big time draws.