Jan 12, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Gegard Mousasi after his defeat of Mike Kyle (not shown) in their Strikeforce MMA Light Heavyweight bout at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Gegard Mousasi Wants to Fight Vitor Belfort For No. 1 Contender Spot

UFC contender Gegard Mousasi is on his way down to the middleweight division and he is hoping for a top opponent in his 185-pound debut. Specifically, Mousasi pointed out in a recent interview with Brazilian site Tatame that he would like to face Vitor Belfort to determine who will get the next crack at the UFC’s middleweight title.

“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”.

Mousasi has a fair point.

He was considered to be in the mix at light-heavyweight before dropping down to 185, so he should be able to get back in the title mix immediately in his new weight class.

A fight against Belfort would not only determine the next No. 1 contender, but it would be an exciting fight for the fans. While Belfort presents a more aggressive style, Mousasi takes a calmer and more calculated approach in the octagon. It would be intriguing to see how their styles would play out in the cage.

Who do you think would come out on top in a Belfort vs. Mousasi showdown and do you think the Dutch fighter has a case for the fight? Share your thoughts and predictions in the comments section below.

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