Vitor Belfort Responds To Gegard Mousasi: You Have To Earn A Fight...

Vitor Belfort Responds To Gegard Mousasi: You Have To Earn A Fight With Me

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Vitor Belfort is in a pretty sweet spot in the UFC Middleweight division, fresh off a first round knockout of the last Strikeforce champion and potentially eying another shot at Anderson Silva’s title. It’s no wonder that Gegard Mousasi has been calling him out.

Mousasi made his long awaited UFC debut against Illir Latifi, after Alexander Gustafsson was forced out of UFC on Fuel TV 9 with an eye injury. Since the win, Mousasi has used pretty much every opportunity to call out Vitor Belfort at 185lbs. Mousasi is planning the cut back down to MW, and a fight with Belfort would certainly be entertaining. Belfort doesn’t seem too interested though, check out what The Phenom had to say to Sherdog.com:

 “I don’t like it how people are using Twitter trying [to get opponents]. I want to fight for the belt — that’s my goal. That’s the goal of a fighter, that’s the goal of an athlete in the UFC. That’s the goal of Vitor Belfort – I’m a winner, I’m a champion. That’s what I want, that’s what I’m fighting for. I’ve been proving, I’ve been earning, so the only thing I see next for me is fights that will bring me up.”

“If you want to fight Vitor Belfort, you have to earn it,” said Belfort. “It’s just like if you want to play someone in the quarter or semi finals – you cannot just because you won something a long time ago. No, you have to earn your spot.”

Belfort certainly makes a good point, given that Mousasi’s last victory wasn’t over a top 10 opponent, and Belfort has destroyed two top MW’s in his latest outings. As great an athlete as Mousasi is, he will probably need to prove himself in the UFC, whether he likes it or not. Belfort continued:

“This is division [is full] of great athletes. If Mousasi wants to fight someone, go fight Luke Rockhold, go fight Michael Bisping,” Belfort said. “He has to prove himself, that’s how it is in this sport, you have to earn it. If you want something, earn it, and I did.”

At this point in Belfort’s career and given his current ranking, it probably wouldn’t make sense to take a step down in competition. His next fight should be with the winner of Weidman vs. Silva, but the reality of the situation is that anything can happen. I personally think that Belfort has earned his second shot at The Spider, but with the matchmaking these days, we could well see Belfort vs. Mousasi in the near future.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/watermelonfresh watermelon fresh

    He has not earned it? Does Vitor know Mousasi's record? Whatever Vitor, tell yourself whatever it is you need to in order to make yourself feel better about ducking Gegard.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/FoetusFarm FoetusFarm

      ive got vitor v mousasi as a fairly even match up they both have a good striking and jui jitsui game and are in the top half of the division. theres not too many people who can be considered higher ranked at middleweight than mousasi unless vitor expects the next shot or the loser of silva vs weidman

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

      IMO he hasnt earned it in the UFC, I dont care where he fought before.

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

        Just like Vitor earned his muscle strength and renewed athleticism.

        • http://lowkickmma.com/author/D D

          And his title shots with Silva and Jones.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/TheRealDeal TheRealDeal

    Speaking in the 3rd person……first sign that the TRT is melting his puny brain. "You want to fight Vitor?!" "You must earn fight Vitor!!".

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/PukeVomit PukeVomit

    this dude is getting more and more creepy. somebody has to crane-kick him back to reality!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DonDada DonDada

    Vitor does say some weird a$$ stuff. But I he is vicious in the octagon and I would love to see these 2 throw down. I think if Vitor did win the fight he should get another crack at Silva.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RoryKernaghan Rory Kernaghan

      I think vitor has earned a shot already

      • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Entity Entity

        I dont see a second fight with Anderson ending near that quickly.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/N.C. N.C.

    I dont think Vitor earned a shot yet. Sorry, but after that last destruction? If machida got bumped for being destroyed, so does Vitor.

    This is a wicked fight. He isn't some no name can. He's considered as one of the best guys outside the UFC. I'll write up his first fight to adjusting to the UFC. We'll see how he does now that he's had the big show experience now.

    This would be a awesome fight. If it doesn't happen. I'm calling it Vitor ****-tucking the fight.

    There is truth that Vitor could loose against mous. That why this is a conversation at all. When guys take fights from guys who they know they can destroy. Theres never a problem. People complain when theres a chance they could loose and they know it.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/chael4president1 chael4president1

    Machida has only fought twice since losing to Jon Jones. And his last fight was going to earn the winner a title shot. Only he didn't impress enough. Vitor has fought 5 times since losing to Silva. Only losing one of those 5 to Jones. Losing to the champ should not mean you don't get another shot with less than 10 straight wins. I think in Machida vs. Jones, and in Belfort vs. Silva. Both fights would not go the same way. And just because they were first round stoppages doesn't mean the champions were just light years ahead of their opponents. They were great finishes but I think both had a little luck in those fights. Vitor has definitely been the most dangerous Middleweight lately that isn't named Anderson Silva. If he wants one, give him a high level fight in the mean time to keep him sharp, and then for the belt if he wins.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/BrianCox Brian Cox

    In my books this is a done deal. Vitor's next fight should be against the winner of Silva / Weidman. Period.

    Now, if Weidman wins on Saturday there will be an immediate re-match, but none-the-less Vitor should sit and wait for the outcome and no matter what.

    Mousasi, who isn't even ranked in top ten, doesn't deserve a shot at the #1 contender, pending the outcome of Saturday's fight. There are lots of other nasty guys in the top ten that the UFC could give him and that would make more sense.

    On Vitor's statements about earning it and that Mousasi hasn't, Vitor's not the first high-ranked fighter to say such things.

    Earn the fight in the UFC and he can have the fight in the UFC. Without such standards, then surely we should have been given Silva / Lombard and gratefully, we were not.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/akieyugames akieyugames

    With two devastating KO's, I think he's earn his shot, if a win comes his way especially another KO, you couldn't deny him a fight for the belt.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gm1 gm1

    Gegard isnt crap…
    You cant come into the top organization and fight No.2 or 3……

    Gegard doesnt have half of the notoriety as Shields…..who was from another organization.

    There are so many gate keepers in this division who can take care of gegard.

    No integrity line cutters who always want the shortcut……
    losers who support their agenda……

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/asdf asdf

    The Dream Catcher has earned every right to pick his opponents. And I think he can definitely beat either Vitor or Alexander. The dude needs a real challenge.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/rodenzi rodenzi

    Man I didnt know his nose is that big.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/enjoylife321 enjoylife321

    Its ok Vitor, you won't feel as bad about it once the testostorone levels go down

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/greeneyeleo greeneyeleo

    This would be such an interesting fight: The lightning speed and explosive power of Vitor vs. the Fedor-like, calmness and freakish ability of Mousasi to neutralize elite strikers. I don't ever remember seeing a single fight where Mousasi was rocked or in danger of being finished. Yes, King Mo took him down over and over, but honestly, Mo looked like he took more damage in that fight! I believe that Mousasi has a better submission game and has better conditioning than Vitor and that Mousasi will submit him or get the decision. My two cents.