The UFC‘s middleweight division was shaken a couple of weeks ago, when Chris Weidman was able to defeat Anderson Silva, one of the greatest MMA fighters of our time. With a brilliantly placed left hook, Weidman was able to become the new middleweight champion, exciting fans and professional fighters soon after it happened.
One of the most excited parties after UFC 162 was none other than fellow middleweight Vitor Belfort, who sent Dana White numerous texts about being the next contender for the belt. However, White soon announced that Silva would challenge Weidman in a rematch, which will take place at UFC 168. Since Belfort was without an opponent, Gegard Mousasi threw in his name to challenge Belfort.
This fight seems logical for many reasons. For one, both are some of the most experienced fighters in the middleweight division, and the winner would more than likely be next for a title shot. Also, both possess exciting fighting styles, which could lead to a knockout or submission quickly. Mousasi has yet to compete inside the UFC, but he is a seasoned veteran, fighting under the Pride and Strikeforce banner. A bout with Belfort would give him a chance to prove his worth as a viable threat to either Weidman or Silva, depending on who wins at UFC 168.
Likewise, a win over Mousasi would certainly be a feather in Belfort’s cap, who has revitalized his fighting career with his recent knockouts over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold. He has some of the most powerful punches in the middleweight division and would give Mousasi a true test on the feet.