While Vitor Belfort has been calling for title rematches across two divisions for several months, it seems as though the list of potential challengers for “The Phenom” continues to expand.
Gegard Mousasi, the former DREAM Middleweight & Light Heavyweight Champion and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion, has taken to calling out Belfort recently noting that the former UFC Middleweight-and-Light-Heavyweight title challenger has to wait for the result of Silva’s rematch with newly crowned middleweight king Chris Weidman before getting another title opportunity.
“The reality is this – Silva vs Weidman II is going to have to happen first on December 28th,” said Mousasi. “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. So my opinion is that we should also fight on December 28th 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.”
Fellow middleweight Costa Philippou also vied for a fight with Belfort nearly a week ago, taking jabs at Belfort’s TRT use in the process. Philippou said that he wants no part of fighting in Brazil, where Belfort was exempt from punishment for using the controversial treatment.
With Mousasi’s absence from the 185-pound division since 2008, it seems unlikely that he would be thrust into a middleweight title eliminator in his return fight to the division; although, stranger things have happened.
What are your thoughts on Mousasi vs. Belfort, Penn Nation? Should this fight happen and if so, will it determine the number one contender for the UFC Middleweight Championship?