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Wednesday, 07/03/2013, 06:41 am

Mousasi calls Belfort a ‘hypocrite’ for blowing off fight request

Gegard Mousasi has made it known that he wants Vitor Belfort next.

But in a recent interview Belfort, said Mousasi hadn’t earned the right.

“If you want to fight Vitor Belfort, you have to earn it,” said Belfort. “It’s just like if you want to play someone in the quarter or semi finals – you cannot just because you won something a long time ago. No, you have to earn your spot. I want to fight for the belt – that’s my goal. That’s the goal of a fighter, that’s the goal of an athlete in the UFC. That’s the goal of Vitor Belfort — I’m a winner, I’m a champion. That’s what I want, that’s what I’m fighting for.”

Mousasi and his management have said they were going to take that fight in August, but couldn’t accept it because of the ACL surgery Mousasi had to undergo.

Mousasi will be ready to return in December and wants that chance at Belfort then.

As Ariel Helwani reported on UFC Tonight, according to Mousasi and his management, Belfort is a “hypocrite” because they feel he was granted two title shots he didn’t go out and exactly earn. As Helwani also reported, Mousasi and his team can’t understand why their request can’t be met if Alexander Gustafsson is being granted a title shot after he was forced out of a bout due to injury.

Mousasi claims Affliction offered him a fight in 2008 opposite Belfort at a catchweight, but Belfort declined it citing his lack of inclination to compete at a catchweight. Mousasi told Helwani he can’t understand how Belfort can decline that bout and yet accept a catchweight bout in his return to the UFC.

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