Could Gegard Mousasi be the latest top ranked fighter who signs with Bellator? Well, based off comments the middleweight contender recently made about negotiations with the UFC, it doesn’t sound like the talks are going too well.
Mousasi concluded his last UFC deal in April, after he scored a controversial, stoppage win over Chris Weidman. With the win, the 31 year-old moved his winning streak to five, and his overall record to 42-6-2.
Well, Mousasi was a guest on the latest “UFC Tonight”, and while discussing the UFC’s latest contract offer, he reportedly said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It’s not good,” said Mousasi. “We don’t like it.”
“I’m co-main event all the time, so it’s not like people don’t know me,” add Mousasi, who also reportedly said he’s interested in fighting Luke Rockhold, if he signs a new deal with the UFC.
It’s going to be really interesting to see how this plays out. Mousasi’s profile has certainly grown in recent years, not only because of his current run, but because he’s started speaking out more and has been making headlines as a result.
But, we’ve seen in recent months that the UFC is clearly tightening it’s belt, in terms of how much money they’re giving fighters who aren’t big draws. Case in point, the promotion let Ryan Bader move to Bellator, who like Mousasi, was a top five ranked fighter at the time.
Rockhold – Mousasi though; that sounds like a solid plan right?