Vitor Belfort might only be four days removed from a TKO defeat to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, but that didn’t stop Gegard Mouasi (pictured) from calling out the veteran for a showdown in Japan.
However, Mousasi threw out a stipulation that most would consider to be a given, but you never know with Belfort.
“@vitorbelfort & I both have a following in Japan. As long as we have a clean fight, I’m in! Time is now! @danawhite,” Mousasi tweeted Wednesday morning.
Clean? What could Mousasi possibly be talking about?
Despite supposedly kicking testosterone replacement therapy when it was banned by the UFC in February 2014, Weidman accused Belfort of wrongdoing leading up to Saturday’s fight because Belfort still registered far more testosterone in his system than Weidman, despite being Weidman’s senior of nearly a decade, during their random, pre-fight drug tests.
It appears Mousasi isn’t convinced Belfort is participating on an even playing field, either.
The UFC returns to Japan September 27. Belfort was issued a 180-day medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission Tuesday, but “The Phenom” could come back sooner if a doctor clears his shoulder.
Mousasi has won three of his last four fights, including two straight. Belfort, meanwhile, had his three-fight win streak snapped by Weidman. It was Belfort’s first bout in 18 months.
The two have never fought each other.