If Vitor Belfort thought telling Gegard Mousasi that he needs “to earn” a bout with the middleweight division’s #1 contender (at the time), was going to halt “The Dreamcatcher’s” call outs, he would be wrong. Not only did Mousasi respond to Belfort a while back by saying he’s a “hypocrite”, now that Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman will rematch on December 28th, he believes the fight is “inevitable.”
In a recent interview with the Brazilian publication Tatame.com, here is what the 27 year-old had to say about his ongoing wish to fight Belfort (quote via Mixed Martial Arts.com):
“The reality is this – Silva vs Weidman II is going to have to happen first on December 28th,” said Mousasi, who is coming off a UD win over Ilir Latifi at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in April. “Vitor has to wait for a title shot no matter what. I know the UFC wants to see this fight happen as they offered it to me for UFC Belo Horizonte in September. I could not take the fight because I just had surgery. So, it is inevitable that Vitor and I are going to have to meet first to determine who the #1 contender is. So my opinion is that we should also fight on December 28th on the same card as Anderson v. Weidman II to determine the #1 contender spot for the UFC middleweigh title.”
At the end of the day, Belfort may never sign on to fight Mousasi, but the latter does raise a good point in terms of how long “The Phenom” could spend on the sidelines. Considering his win over Luke Rockhold took place in May, Belfort could go a year or even more without fighting, if he waits for the winner of Weidman-Silva II.Maybe even more, if the UFC looks into doing a rubber match.