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Gegard Mousasi leaning heavily towards middleweight, wants Vitor Belfort or other top contender

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Gegard Mousasi is currently rehabbing his injured knee, but when he returns, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion may very well be fighting in a brand new division.

"There's a big chance that I will go to middleweight," Mousasi revealed to MMAFighting.com "It all depends on the fights that I'm going to get. If I'm going to get a big name at middleweight, I'll probably go down.

"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."

Mousasi fought much of his early career in Japan at middleweight, and easily tipped the scales at 204 pounds without cutting weight for his UFC debut.

In the past, the 27-year-old believed dropping back down would've been a dicey proposition, but after considering the way he's recently trained and the ease with which he's lost weight, he's now confident it won't be a problem.

"To be honest, I believe middleweight will be much better for me," Mousasi said. "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," he continued. "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."

Mousasi is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury and is targeting a late-2013 comeback to the Octagon. When he returns, the Dutch-Armenian fighter hopes to immediately make up for lost time.

"My focus is to get to the belt as soon as possible," said Mousasi. "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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Post #1   5/21/13 6:08:06PM   

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He better turn up a finish if he wants a Silva or Jones...that last fight was boring uneventful and stunk up the house. The tease to MW reminds me of a high school chick. SLUTS ONLY!!!

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mousasi vs belfort would be big fight, it'd be cool to see it in europe

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Mousasi vs. Belfort would be amazing. With Belfort looking as good as he has lately, its hard for me to say who I'd pick.

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Gegard thinks he's done enough in the UFC to be up at Belforts level? Although I like the fight, how bout he fight Rockhold

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Wouldn't mind seeing gegard get knocked out

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Posted by prophecy033

Gegard thinks he's done enough in the UFC to be up at Belforts level? Although I like the fight, how bout he fight Rockhold



I know what your saying but I'm not sure how many other fighters are wanting Belfort right now. 2 Headkick KO wins against top 5 guys... You gotta have balls to wanna fight him and the only guys who are confident will be strikers. Moussasi is that guy.

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Posted by prophecy033

Gegard thinks he's done enough in the UFC to be up at Belforts level? Although I like the fight, how bout he fight Rockhold



Does nothing for him. Rockhold's coming off a loss.

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Posted by prozacnation1978

Wouldn't mind seeing gegard get knocked out



And I'd like to see Cain sub Werdum...

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Posted by OnyxShadow

Mousasi vs. Belfort would be amazing. With Belfort looking as good as he has lately, its hard for me to say who I'd pick.


Hell yeah it would. Even though that last fight was lack luster, just watching Mousasi slapping away a great majority of the strikes thrown his was impressive. I don't know who else to give him if he hits mw, not a lot of big names available that are also near the top.

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In my opinion to fight a guy like Vitor you have to earn it and I honestly dont think Gagard has. He needs to beat a guy like Bisping or Okami before he should get a shot at Belfort.

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Posted by emfleek


Posted by prophecy033

Gegard thinks he's done enough in the UFC to be up at Belforts level? Although I like the fight, how bout he fight Rockhold



Does nothing for him. Rockhold's coming off a loss.

to be fair, Sonnen was coming off a lose and offered nothing to Jones but the UFC still made the matchup

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Posted by prophecy033


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Posted by prophecy033

Gegard thinks he's done enough in the UFC to be up at Belforts level? Although I like the fight, how bout he fight Rockhold



Does nothing for him. Rockhold's coming off a loss.

to be fair, Sonnen was coming off a lose and offered nothing to Jones but the UFC still made the matchup


that doesn't mean we have to like it and vote for it...I would Mousassi in thre with Bisping or Okami.

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good move for gegard

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