Despite yesterday’s report, Gegard Mousasi will not be taking on former UFC champ Vitor Belfort at Affliction III. Although Mousasi confirmed the fight immediately following his scrap against Mark Hunt, Belfort appears to have pumped the breaks on it.
“I had the contract given to me for a catch-weight of 195 pounds to fight Vitor Belfort,” Mousasi told Sherdog.com. “I’ve signed it, but Tatame has a recent article as of last night, asking Vitor about the fight, and he was talking about ‘no challenge,’ and that he ‘wouldn’t go up a division.’ So I don’t know if the fight will happen.”
You can’t really hate on Belfort for feeling the way he does. Mousasi put the MMA world on high alert after he captured the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix title. So if Belfort beats him at a different weight class, it belittles the significance of the W.
Since defeating Ronaldo “Jacare” de Souza for the title last September, Mousasi has been all over the map fighting a kickboxing bout, as well as competing in Dream’s highly-publicized Super-Hulk Tourney which jumped off yesterday.
“So, maybe another opponent? There’s talk about [Renato] Babalu [Sobral], or maybe for a title, but it’s not for sure yet,” Mousasi said. “I thought the fight was confirmed, but it’s not confirmed by Belfort. I’m definitely going to fight [at Affliction 3], but the opponent, it’s not for sure yet. We’ll see.”
Mousasi doesn’t appear to have any hard feelings towards Belfort for not wanting to tango, so he will simply move on to the next challenge, whoever and at whatever weight division that might be.
“I want to fight more as a light heavyweight, because for the catch-weight fight, I’ll have to drop a lot of weight, and then I’ll fight again in the Super Hulk tournament. I’d be giving up a lot of weight,” said Mousasi. “I hope it’s going to be a light heavyweight or heavyweight fight [at Affliction]. But as for the Vitor Belfort, I don’t know. I don’t think it’s going to happen.”
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