So far, Gegard Mousasi’s persistent campaign to land a fight with the UFC’s #2 ranked contender Vitor Belfort has failed, but evidently “The Dreamcatcher” isn’t about to give up. After all, now that Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman will fight for a second time at UFC 168, if “The Phenom” truly expects to wait for a crack at the winner, he could be on the sidelines for a very long time.
Consider this, Belfort’s last win, you may have heard he KO’d Luke Rockhold, took place at UFC on FX 8 in May. So, if Belfort truly doesn’t want to fight unless it’s for the title, he cold go a year or more without fighting.
It’s with this angle in mind that Mousasi recently told the Brazilian outlet Tatame.com (quote via Mixed Martial Arts.com):
“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.”
Mousasi-Belfort would be a great fight, but unless the UFC really wants the fight to happen, the former Strikeforce champ’s campaign could be all for nothing.