Now that Gegard Mousasi has defeated Costas Philippou, the middleweight has his sites set on another contender in Michael Bisping, but “The Dreamcatcher” is stopping short of calling him out…
As you likely have heard, Mousasi showcased his diverse skill set once again at UFC Fight Night 66, and worked his way to a unanimous decision win over the heavy handed Philippou. The victory was Mousasis’s second in a row, as the former Strikeforce champ was coming off a stoppage win over the legendary Dan Henderson in January.
So what now? Mousasi is sitting in the #7 spot at 185, but currently, most of the promotion’s top ten contenders are booked for fights. Well, while discussing his short term future, here is some of what Mousasi had to say in the post-fight press conference (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“I wanted Jacare. The only one who makes sense is. But let’s not challenge him, because he overreacts.”
Yes, Bisping has been known to get somewhat fired up by call outs, but he’s also not known for turning down fights with top tier fighters either. It’s a fight that does make sense, particularly since Bisping is coming off a win over the #11th ranked CB Dolloway.
A third fight with “Jacare” Souza, at this juncture, doesn’t seem unlikely. Souza is ranked #2 and is knocking on the door for a title shot. The jiu-jitsu god submitted Mousasi last September, and in doing so, avenged his 2008 KO loss to Mousasi.
With the win on Saturday, Mousasi pushed his UFC record to 4-2, and his overall record to an awe inspiring 37-5-2. The Holland resident is just 29 years old…