Gegard Mousasi revealed not long ago that he was thinking about moving to middleweight when he returns from knee surgery, and in a recent interview with MMA Fighting.com, it sounds like that’s what he intends to do.
While discussing his plans for later this year, when he returns and is able to compete again, the former Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight champ stated:
“There’s a big chance that I will go to middleweight. It all depends on the fights that I’m going to get. If I’m going to get a big name at middleweight, I’ll probably go down.”
And as far as a “big name”? Mousasi went with one of the sport’s top trending ones, by saying “somebody somebody like Vitor Belfort that’s maybe a contender. That’s the kind of fight I want.”
Mousasi-Belfort would certianly be a great match-up but will it happen? Probably not any time soon. Although Mousasi is a decorated and well rounded fighter, he has only fought once thus far in the UFC and that was at 205 (a unanimous decision win over Ilir Latifi at UFC on FUEL TV 9). Belfort and his camp are probably waiting to see who emerges with the belt from the July 6th, Anderson Silva-Chris Weidman tilt.
Mousasi also added that he believes middleweight “will be much better” for him, echoing statements he relayed to MMA Junkie.com Radio recently. The 27 year-old also noted that he believes he matches up better with Anderson Silva than Jon Jones, but that doesn’t mean he won’t fight at 205 pounds. Mousasi added that he doesn’t give up as much size to Silva, and cited Jones’ wrestling skills as well, before saying he doesn’t have “any problem” fighting the light-heavyweight champ either. The UFC has to be loving his attitude.
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