Gegard Mousasi has been saying a return to middleweight is a strong possibility, and now the renowned fighter is calling for a bout with one of the UFC’s best 185’ers in Vitor Belfort. Mousasi is currently recovering from knee surgery he underwent, following his UD victory over Ilir Latifi at UFC on FUEL TV 9, but when he returns later this year he’s hoping to throw down with “The Phenom.”
The 27 year-old, former DREAM and Strikeforce champ made the call out via his Twitter account by posting:
@danawhite@ufc I hoop I can fight in december against Belfort… I think my fans would love that fight….
Although Mousasi has been competing at 205 pounds for a while now, and done just fine there except for the decision loss he suffered versus “King Mo” Lawal in 2010, “The Dreamcatcher” has been rethinking his future at light-heavyweight. In May, he relayed to MMA Junkie.com Radio that:
“I believe if I go to 185 I’ll be much stronger. At the highest level, you don’t want to give any advantage. If you look at Jon Jones, you don’t want to fight a guy that’s very talented, has the skills, and also has the strength. Then you give too much advantage away.”
While most observers would likely agree that Mousasi will be better served fighting at 185, considering the large and talented opposition that exists in the UFC light-heavyweight division, the chances of him getting Belfort next are extremely slim. Would it be a great fight? Of course, but Belfort is sitting pretty right now in terms of a forthcoming title shot, thanks to his highlight reel wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.
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