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onip69 07-20-2013 11:57 AM

Gegard Mousasi calls for No. 1 contender fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 168

Gegard Mousasi calls for No. 1 contender fight with Vitor Belfort at UFC 168
By Mike Bohn  @MikeBohnMMA on Jul 20 2013, 12:00a 109

Gegard Mousasi isn't giving up on his quest to fight Vitor Belfort, as the Dutchman recently explained why a match up with "The Phenom" makes sense for UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Despite the fact Vitor Belfort has brushed off the idea of fighting Gegard Mousasi, "The Dreamcatcher" isn't going away easy and continues to campaign for a fight with the No. 2 ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender.

Mousasi first brought up the idea of fighting "The Phenom" a few months back when he officially committed to making a return to 185 pounds after spending the most recent years of his career as a light heavyweight.

The former Strikeforce champion brought up Belfort as an ideal opponent for his return to the cage once he recovers from knee surgery; however, the Brazilian has brushed it off and admitted the potential match up doesn't exactly tickle his fancy.

That doesn't discourage Mousasi, though, as he feels a fight between himself and Belfort on the year-end UFC 168 fight card (headlined by a middleweight championship contest of Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva) makes all the sense in the world to determine the next No. 1 contender in the weight class.

Here's how he explained the situation to Brazilian news outlet TATAME (translation via


"The reality is this - Silva vs Weidman II is going to have to happen first on December 28th...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 middleweight title.

"It is as simple as this. Vitor and I were supposed to fight in the past for both Affliction and now the UFC. Vitor knows that it is inevitable that we are going to have to meet in the Octagon."
It's hard to deny Mousasi isn't on to something here. The chances of Belfort sitting on the sidelines and waiting for the Weidman-Silva winner are slim-to-none, so taking a fight in the interim makes a lot of sense and Mousasi is the most appealing option at this time.

Of the top-10 UFC middleweight fighters, only three (Constantinos Philippou, Luke Rockhold, Tim Boetsch) are currently without a fight and aside from possibility Philippou, none of those match ups are particularly exciting for Belfort.

Mousasi has to worry about getting himself healthy before he can officially move forward with plans for his next fight, but if everything goes as he hopes and he can get Belfort as an opponent, it would make for a spectacular addition to the UFC 168 card on Dec. 28, 2013.

jonnyg4508 07-20-2013 12:29 PM

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Belfort is scared.

Dtwizzy2k5 07-20-2013 12:31 PM

I LOVE this idea, and if it's added to UFC 168 then I could legit see that PPV breaking UFC records.

John8204 07-20-2013 12:35 PM

Makes sense, frankly you should always have a top divisional contender on a title fight card just in case of injury's. I just hope Vitor can get off TRT or licensed so we can see it.

jonnyg4508 07-20-2013 12:36 PM

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Vitor will decline. Smart move by Mousasi though, as Vitor can't use the TRT in Vegas. Vitor will try to hide in Brazil.

Rauno 07-20-2013 01:06 PM

Mousasi would light him up on the feet, hopefully setting up Mousasi-Anderson.

Bknmax 07-20-2013 01:10 PM

Vitor knows if he takes this fight he will never have a chance at the title again,i can't wait to hear his excuse.

meli083 07-20-2013 01:34 PM

This fight would be amazing. Please make it happen!

Ape City 07-20-2013 01:48 PM

I really like this fight, especially since it has been brewing for a while. I think Vitor has a decent chance but I am leaning to Mousasi outpointing and outworking Vitor. Can never count out a Vitor swarm, though.

If Vitor doesn't take this fight he doesn't really deserve a title shot.

joshua7789 07-20-2013 01:54 PM

Cans someone please enlighten me as to what the hell Mousasi has done in recent years to merit a number one contender fight for the MW belt? This would be an entertaining fight, but I don't really think he has any justification for jumping to the front of the line in a division that he hasn't fought in for some time. Okami, Munoz, Bisping, and Jacare should all be well ahead of him by quite a bit.

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