Since making a successful UFC debut in April, Gegard Mousasi has been teasing the idea of dropping down to middleweight, and now the decorated fighter has asked Dana White for a tilt with Vitor Belfort. Now if you’ve followed Mousasi’s career, then you shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that he isn’t looking for a “warm up” bout in his return to 185.
The former Strikeforce and DREAM champion tweeted recently:
@danawhite@ufc I hoop I can fight in december against Belfort… I think my fans would love that fight….
There’s no question Mousasi’s fans, or any other for that matter, would likely enjoy that bout considering both men’s abilities. Although the 27 year-old vet should be praised for wanting to face a top ranked fighter (as this is also a man who said he doesn’t have “any problem” fighting Jon Jones), the reality is Mousasi likely won’t get booked to fight Belfort. Chances are “The Phenom” will probably get tapped to face the winner of Chis Weidman and Anderson Silva, after taking out Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping in memorable fashion earlier this year.
When Mousasi does return from the knee surgery he underwent recently, after he worked his way to a UD victory over Ilir Latifi in April, there’s little doubt he’ll be matched up against a top ten middleweight (if he drops down). The only man to defeat Mousasi in his last 20 fights is “King Mo” Lawal, and it’s not like “The Dreamcatcher” has been fighting in the minor leagues either.
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