Gegard Mousasi (pictured) hits the free agent market after UFC 210, and he fully intends on cashing in.
Mousasi, like many others before him and plenty that will come after him, isn’t satisfied with his paycheck. In fact, he’s been counting his peers’ money and believes he’s well underpaid.
“I just see that Vitor Belfort is making tons more money than me,” Mousasi told Fight Society. “I defeated Dan Henderson, he’s making tons more money than me. I defeated Mark Hunt. He’s making $800,000 a fight. I can beat Michael Bisping, and even before he was champion he was making a lot more than me.
“Why don’t I deserve to make some money? How is it possible Mark Hunt is making $800,000 with a record of 10-10? He has a record of 10 wins and 10 losses. Look at my record. How the f**k is that possible?”
So with the clock ticking on his current UFC contract, Mousasi decided not to accept a lower offer and push all of his chips to the center of the octagon in hopes of scoring a more lucrative deal. Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who is in dire need of a win after dropping two straight, stands in Mousasi’s way of securing significant leverage at the bargaining table.
A victory over the former champ would mark Mousasi’s fifth consecutive, with his past three coming via TKO, putting him right up there with Yoel Romero and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza as legitimate middleweight title contenders.
“It comes all down to this fight,” Mousasi admitted. “That’s why I trained so hard for this fight. It’s not because I want to beat Chris Weidman. It’s because I need to get paid and I’m going to get paid. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Despite his extensive 41-6-2 professional record, Mousasi is still just 31. It would be hard to imagine the UFC letting Mousasi walk out the backdoor for nothing, but they’ve done it before and are watching their bottom line now more than ever.
If Mousasi beats Weidman and doesn’t see an offer from the UFC he likes, I’m sure Bellator president Scott Coker would be more than happy to reunite with his former Strikeforce star.