Gegard Mousasi is booked to throw down with Uriah Hall tomorrow at UFC Fight Night 75, but the middleweight contenders already has his sights set on other opponents.
Heading into Saturday’s card, Mousasi is ranked #6 in the UFC’s middleweight division. While Hall isn’t currently ranked in the top 15, there’s no doubt that a victory over the punishing striker would be a nice addition to Mousasi’s resume. But then what? All of the top five ranked 185’ers are currently booked for bouts, except Lyoto Machida, who decisioned Mousasi last year.
Recently the 30 year-old vet spoke to FOX Sports.com about his plans, and here is some of what Mousasi had to say:
“I was just happy that I’m fighting,” Mousasi said. “I want to keep busy, I’m happy that I’m fighting in Japan. After this, if I win, of course, and I 100 percent believe I’m going to win, I hope to get a top guy. Maybe get a title shot.
“A guy like Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva — those are the guys that make sense. The other guys I’ve beaten. It would make sense to fight one of those guys after this.”
All three of those match-ups would make for interesting fights, no question. Bisping is set to fight Robert Whittaker at UFC 193 on November 15th, and Belfort will battle Dan Henderson on November 7th. Silva, on the other hand, is suspended until January, 2013.
The question is whether the UFC would look to book any of these. One would think yes, since Mousasi is one of the promotion’s top middleweights and is a documented finisher. But, as we know, often fights are scheduled depending on how much interest there is from fans. Mousasi is respected amongst the hardcore fan community, but is he a big enough name to have him fight someone like Silva?
First things first, and that’s Mr. Hall, who is an extremely dangerous opponent. UFC FN 75 will go down at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.