Mousasi Confirmed for Affliction III, Not Belfort

Written by Tom Ngo
May 27th, 2009

Gegard Mousasi

Mousasi Confirmed for Affliction III, Not Belfort – Although Gegard Mousasi will be participating at “Affliction: Trilogy,” he will not be taking on former UFC champ Vitor Belfort.

“I had the contract given to me for a catch-weight of 195 pounds to fight Vitor Belfort,” said Mousasi. “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 defeating heavyweight Mark Hunt in the 1stRound Dream’s highly-publicized Super-Hulk Tourney at Dream.9.

“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 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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