If you’ve been following Gegard Mousasi’s out of cage activities the last few months, then you know that “The Dreamcatcher” has been driving pretty, pretty hard for a fight with Vitor Belfort.
Of course, until recently, Belfort was holding out for the winner of Silva-Weidman until their rematch was booked, and “The Phenom” had to change up his plan. Now Belfort says he is willing to fight in the meantime, but it can’t be at middleweight, so that his #2 contender ranking remains intact. So does that mean Mousasi’s no longer interested in fighting the renowned vet? Of course not. The former Strikeforce champ recently told MMA Junkie.com:
“I will make this easy on Vitor,” said Mousasi. “If he is going to continue to make conditions on who he will fight, I will face Vitor at a catchweight or at light heavyweight.”
“I only want to fight guys that want to fight me and are willing to challenge themselves in the process. If Vitor will do his job, then I will gladly face him at 185 pounds, 195 pounds or 205 pounds. I know both the fans and the UFC want this fight badly. If Vitor does not want to fight, then give me any No. 1 contender in the middleweight division.”
Considering Belfort tossed cold water on the idea of fighting Mousasi recently, and is reportedly interested in fighting Chael Sonnen or Dan Henderson next, the bout is probably still a long shot. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be an outstanding fight, however, if the UFC ends up booking it.
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for more on this story as it develops.