Gegard Mousasi Looking To Move To Middleweight, Welcomes Fight With Vitor Belfort

Former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, Gegard Mousasi revealed today that he is leaning towards a move back to the middleweight division for his second fight inside the octagon, a decision he’d be more eager to make if he was given an opponent such as Vitor Belfort for that dight.

Mousasi, speaking via MMAFighting.com said:

“It’s all about matchups. Let’s say they’re going to give me somebody like Vitor Belfort that’s maybe a contender. That’s the kind of fight I want. To be honest, I believe middleweight will be much better for me. I will give my opponent less advantages. But at the end of the day it’s all about skills. That doesn’t mean that size advantages always win, but like I’ve said, in the highest level, you don’t want to give the slightest edge to your opponent. Everyone is skilled, everyone has abilities. So that’s why I think middleweight will be much more suitable to my body frame.

“It’s all about the opportunity. I really want to go for this belt. I believe that style-wise, matchup-wise, I matchup much better against Anderson Silva than Jon Jones, but it doesn’t mean that I’m scared to fight at 205. Jon Jones is skilled and so is Anderson Silva, but at the highest levels, when you’re competing against the top levels, you don’t want to give anybody an advantage. So I don’t want to give a weight and size difference advantage also. That’s why I said middleweight.”

“My focus is to get to the belt as soon as possible. I‘ve done the route of [waiting]. I don’t have those things that other fighters complain about, jetlag and days off. I don’t have those issues. I never have. So I’m just looking for big fights. The fight I had last (Ilir Latifi), the guy wasn’t known, he wasn’t ranked. It doesn’t mean anything. But I have a history. I only haven’t fought in UFC, but I have a history. People come and get immediate title shots. I don’t think that’s going to be the case for me, but I’ve beaten champions, ex-champions. So it’s all about one, maybe two big names and then I hope to get a title shot.”

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