UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort‘s claim to top contendership is arguably more valid than the rest of the divisional roster’s. However, current title-holder Chris Weidman is set to clash with former king Anderson Silva on New Year’s Eve Weekend, meaning Belfort would need to twiddle his thumbs for nine months if not longer while waiting for a champion to emerge without action already on tap. Fortunately, Gegard Mousasi has a solution – fight him.
“The reality is this – Silva vs Weidman II is going to have to happen first on December 28. 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,” said Mousasi in an interview with TATAME. “So my opinion is that we should also fight on December 28 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,” he concluded.
The comments from Mousasi do not represent the first time “The Dreamcatcher” has tried to call out the iconic Brazilian. Unfortunately, Belfort has shrugged off Mousasi’s claims in the past, calling for him to earn the opportunity rather than talk his way into it. Of course, with the UFC apparently attempting to put the two together, it may not necessarily matter WHAT Belfort wants.
Mousasi is looking to drop back down to 185 pounds after a recent run at light heavyweight. He is 34-3-2 in his career with notable wins over Mark Hunt, Renato Sobral, and Ronaldo Souza. Comparably, Belfort owns an overall record of 23-10 and has won his last four fights as a 185er including knockouts of Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold.