Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, has spent the last four years competing at 205 pounds, but he’s willing to return to his middleweight roots under the right circumstances.
A fight against Vitor Belfort — who is coming off a first round knockout victory against former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8 — is one of those circumstances.
“It’s all about matchups,” Mousasi said during an interview with MMAFighting.com. “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’s view that he matches up better against current middleweight champion Anderson Silva than light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones is another reason he’s considering taking fights at 185 pounds.
“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,” Mousasi explained. “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.”
Given how Mousasi has struggled against solid wrestlers like Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal in the past, it’s hard to disagree with his assessment that Silva is the more favorable matchup. Of course, getting past Anderson’s striking is no easy task, but Gegard will at least be able to use his best asset, his world-class striking skills.
Against Jones, he probably would end up spending a majority of the time on his back defending against a constant bombardment of elbows.
Still, if he ever gets a chance to challenge Jones for the light-heavyweight title, Mousasi won’t hesitate to jump on the opportunity.
“I don’t have any problem fighting Jon Jones either,” Mousasi added. “So before people make something else out of it and say, ‘Ah, he’s already losing’ — I’m confident. I’m a fighter. If I don’t have any confidence I can win a fight, then I shouldn’t be fighting. So it’s not about that. It’s just being smart.”
While he does want to eventually move back down to the middleweight division, Mousasi insists he’s open to fighting anyone the UFC puts in front of him at either 185 or 205 pounds. However, given the fact “The Dreamcatcher” is indeed one of the smaller light-heavyweights around, moving down to the middleweight division would probably be best for his UFC career.