One of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet Gegard Mousasi has confirmed to that his next opponent will in fact be none other than “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort.

The two are expected to face off at the third Affliction event that has been rumored for August 1.

Mousasi revealed his next opponent in an interview with M-1 Global shortly after his decisive submission victory over Mark Hunt at DREAM 9.

“Yes, those (rumors) are true and I will be fighting Vitor Belfort,” said Mousasi when asked about the bouts widespread speculation for an August 1 Affliction card.

Mousasi also discussed the factors behind his decision to move up to heavyweight, his recent victory over Mark Hunt and much more in the exclusive interview at .

To read the interview in its entirety CLICK HERE.

Mousasi has put together a beyond impressive record of 25-2 during his mixed martial arts career while compiling victories over Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos, Hector Lombard, Melvin Manhoef, and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza to win the DREAM middleweight championship in the process. The same championship he recently relinquished to pursue a career in the heavyweight division. Mousasi has won his last 12 straight contests.

Belfort has recently rediscovered himself since 2007, racking up four consecutive wins in impressive fashion with his most recent being a devastating knockout over top rated middleweight Matt Lindland at the second Affliction card that took place in January of this year.