UFC light-heavyweight contender Gegard Mousasi could be a force in the 205-pound division if he notches a few wins over a fellow title challengers, but he may have his eyes set at a championship run in another weight class in the top promotion in the world.
It is something that Mousasi has been mulling for the past year and now he has finally voiced what many fans were hoping he would choose to do.
“There’s a big chance that I will go to middleweight,” Mousasi said, according to MMAFighting.com “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.
“It’s all about matchups. Let’s say they’re going to give me somebody like Vitor Belfort that’s maybe a contender. That’s the kind of fight I want.”
Not only does Mousasi like that he could get a contender at 185-pounds, he feels that his body is best suited for the weight class. It’s hard to disagree.
“To be honest, I believe middleweight will be much better for me,” Mousasi added. “I will give my opponent less advantages. But at the end of the day it’s all about skills. That doesn’t mean that size advantages always win, but like I’ve said, in the highest level, you don’t want to give the slightest edge to your opponent. Everyone is skilled, everyone has abilities. So that’s why I think middleweight will be much more suitable to my body frame.
“It’s all about the opportunity. I really want to go for this belt. I believe that style-wise, matchup-wise, I matchup much better against Anderson Silva than Jon Jones, but it doesn’t mean that I’m scared to fight at 205. Jon Jones is skilled and so is Anderson Silva, but at the highest levels, when you’re competing against the top levels, you don’t want to give anybody an advantage. So I don’t want to give a weight and size difference advantage also. That’s why I said middleweight.”
Mousasi certainly has the skillset to make an impact at multiple divisions in the UFC, but if his mindset is better at middleweight, that is the division he should take on.
Wherever Mousasi ends up, you would have to believe that he will be a contender for the title.
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