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Belfort Tells Mousasi to Lose Weight, Mousasi Tells Belfort to Man Up

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(It’s time you and Vitor had a talk about that investment portfolio he’s been managing for you. You better sit down for this.)

Just a day after former Dream middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi told everyone that he was fighting Vitor Belfort at Affliction III this summer, Belfort has responded by saying that Mousasi needs to put down the fork if the two of them are to have any shot of getting it on. Talking to those clever translators at Tatame who can make any foray into the English language an adventure, Belfort said he hasn’t gotten any confirmation from Affliction regarding his next fight, but added:

“If they want to do this fight at 185lbs, it’s done, otherwise I see no option to go up, even because he isn’t a challenge, a man with much name. To go up, I don’t see him as a challenge. I want to fight with him in the weight he was champion (at Dream), then I think its worth."


If you’re thinking Mousasi might have something to say to Belfort about who does and who does not have much name, you’re right. Talking to everyone’s favorite mouthpiece of Russian fighters, M-1 Global, Mousasi said he absolutely, positively cannot make middleweight, “and that is final." He then went on to suggest that Belfort might be ducking him:

"I am very surprised that Belfort was willing to challenge Fedor at heavyweight yet it unwilling to fight me at a catchweight. If (Belfort) does not want to fight at middleweight, why not fight me at a catchweight? To be honest, I don’t really care. But for me, his comments are strange because his paycheck will be unchanged whether he fights a bigger name than me or not. It is also strange that he does not see me as a challenge when many rankings have me ranked higher than him at middleweight."

Two things here: 1) Mousasi has a point about the rankings. He is generally ranked above Belfort at 185 lbs., and considering that Belfort’s last two wins came against an aging Matt Lindland and a typically mediocre Terry Martin, Mousasi would be a step up, but 2) Mousasi isn’t even open to fighting him in the division where he is ranked higher, so the rankings are sort of irrelevant. And if he can’t understand why someone might be willing to go up in weight to take a fight with Fedor, but maybe not so much to take a fight with a guy even fewer mainstream fans have heard of, than he is either underestimating Fedor’s name value or overestimating his own.

That said, Belfort should try and work something out at a catchweight. There just aren’t that many available top ten middleweights for Affliction to give him, so this is probably the highest profile fight available to him right now. Just grab a couple of steak sandwiches and milkshakes, and let’s do this thing at, say, an even 200 lbs.

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skyjo- May 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm
@ LockDown

Touche.
LockDown- May 28, 2009 at 7:52 am
@skyjo

They're in the same team. Not possible.
Dru23- May 28, 2009 at 1:29 am
195 would be easily doable for vitor but i totally understand his point, it would be stupid for him to gain weight, fight outside of where he is now comfortable to fight a guy who gained weight and now chooses to talk crap to vitor for not GAINING weight...thats just dumb. and no m-sos isnt a big name at all in america, the tuf fan knows who vitor belfort is....but guaranteed they dont know who mousasi is or that he beat manhoef and jacare to get the belt in dream. so it would do him no good to gain weight and take the chance of losing to a fighter who has less name than him no matter the rankings, and the ironic part is the rankings only matter if they fight at the weight in which the rankings take place! and vitor knows the payday and recognition that comes with fighting fedor, which is why he made that comment. but bc of the mishap at dream 9....what about maybe bringing in mayhem to fight him? that would bring a huge fanbase from the mtv followers. another interesting fight would be vitor and manhoef. or even something crazy like bringing in recently let go "athlete" mcdonald come in and fight him. there are a lot of possibilities out there, vitor is smart for not gaining the weight imo, stay where he is comfortable, we all know what can happen and the downslide when vitor get uncomfortable or off his game....
Jonny5- May 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm
how about 195lbs?
Perma- May 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm
Mousasi is garbage Belfort is so right in this reguards, make the fat, steriod using motherfcker drop wieght to fight a star for once.
skyjo- May 27, 2009 at 1:48 pm
lets make it 195.

also, i'd like to see mousasi v fedor.
a platypus- May 27, 2009 at 12:45 pm
to perdew:
hahahahahahahahahaha
kupo- May 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm
I have to side with Vitor here. Just because Gegard decided to shoot up to heavyweight doesn't mean Vitor is ducking him for not following him. Frankly thats just fucking retarded. Vitor is a middleweight, if Gregard wants to fight him he needs to lose some fucking weight.

Regarding the Fedor thing, well, Gregard isn't widely considered the best fighter in the world is he? In fact Gregard technically isn't even top 20 at heavyweight so I dont know why the fuck he brought that up.

You move up to heavyweight, call out middleweights, then insult them for not moving up in weight to fight you? Nice.
Perdew- May 27, 2009 at 10:49 am
i had the same argument with my mom the other day.
rh- May 27, 2009 at 10:49 am
Vitor would face Fedor because Fedor is a huge name and he's looking for the draw. If he loses to Fedor, people would just shrug and say "well, nobody can beat Fedor."

On the other hand, Mousasi--regardless of his skill--is completely unknown outside of hardcore MMA fans, and so the perceived risk is greater. If Vitor drops a fight to an unknown, legions of unwashed TUF fans are going to think he just sucks.

It seems to me that Vitor is trying to position himself to get back into the UFC and make the long dollars.

rh
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