Uh-oh. You know that big Affliction 3 fight between Gegard Mousasi and Vitor Belfort that both Mousasi and Atencio confirmed today? The one that was set to go as a soon as Belfort’s contract is finalized?
Well, there might be a problem. A deal breaker so to speak.
Ever since Mousasi won the DREAM middleweight title all he has talked about is how he can’t make 185lbs anymore. That’s all well and good, I guess, except Vitor will only fight him at middleweight.
I don’t know anything, they are saying that, but there’s nothing right yet. I’m waiting the confirmation to see who we will fight…Now I have to see if he’ll get down to middleweight.Who defines this isn’t him. I fight at 185lbs. If they want to do this fight at 185lbs, it’s done, otherwise I see no option to go up, even because he isn’t a challenge, a man with much name. To go up, I don’t see him as a challenge. I want to fight with him in the weight he was champion (at Dream), then I think its worth.
Let me be the first to say, it will seriously blow if Mousasi and Belfort can’t come to some sort of agreement on the weight. This was definitely a fight I was already looking forward to.
That said, I really can’t blame Belfort for not wanting to move up. He is, after all, trying to rebuild his career at 185lbs, and so far, doing a pretty damn good job of it. It really wouldn’t make much sense for him to shuffle weight classes at this point. But, if Mousasi can’t make the weight, then he can’t make the weight.
We shall see…
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Update: So, it definitely looks like this fight isn’t going to happen unless Belfort changes his mind. Here’s Mousasi’s response.
I cannot make the weight, otherwise I would have continued to fight at 185 and not given up my DREAM middleweight title. I cannot make 185 anymore and that is final…I am very surprised that Belfort was willing to challenge Fedor at heavyweight yet it unwilling to fight me at a catchweight…If (Belfort) does not want to fight at middleweight, why not fight me at a catchweight?…But for me, his comments are strange because his paycheck will be unchanged whether he fights a bigger name than me or not. It is also strange that he does not see me as a challenge when many rankings have me ranked higher than him at middleweight.