Vitor: Mousasi hasn't earned right to fight Belfort

 

Former DREAM and Strikeforce champion Gegard "Dream Catcher" Mousasi has called out Vitor Belfort several times lately, but the Brazilian isn't having any.

"If you want to fight Vitor Belfort, you have to earn it," said Vitor 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.

"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…

"This is division [is full] of great athletes. If Mousasi wants to fight someone, go fight Luke Rockhold, go fight Michael Bisping. 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."

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UGCTT_zackthewop site profile image  

7/1/13 9:35 PM by UGCTT_zackthewop

http://www.youtube.com/embed/BqaCypHLbOY?autoplay=1Here is a video of their fight as I'm guessing you haven't seen it since you were using it as an example.

UGCTT_zackthewop site profile image  

7/1/13 9:31 PM by UGCTT_zackthewop

He did get better. Before he lost to mousasi his best win was against Jason miller. After he lost to mousasi he beat lindland, lawler, Kennedy. and Villasenor.It was also 6 fights and 3 years later. Jacare went from being ranked in the top thirty to the top 5.Lets also remember how jacare lost to mousasi. It was an upkick early on in the fight. Not going to call it lucky but it wasn't like mousasi wrecked him or anything.

js138 site profile image  

7/1/13 9:23 PM by js138

This!

tapnapsnap site profile image  

7/1/13 8:05 PM by tapnapsnap

Vitor Belfort likes to talk about Vitor Belfort.

AlexanderTheGOAT site profile image  

7/1/13 4:32 PM by AlexanderTheGOAT

In brazil, roided Vitor wins. Mousasi has a good chance in the US to beat roided but within allowable ratio Vitor.

orcus site profile image  

7/1/13 4:05 PM by orcus

"Based on what exactly?" Well I assume that as Jacare has continued to improve throughout his career, that 3 years after a given fight, he would probably be better than he was then. Do you disagree? It's not that hard to understand. Rockhold was SF champ in Vitor's weightclass when Vitor fought him. He was on a streak. That streak consisted of televised, most recently headlining, performances. The last three of those fights were title fights. I don't understand why people are acting like it's out of line for Vitor to not be interested in a Mousasi fight. Vitor is #1 contender. Mousasi has not even fought at 185 in years and, similarly, has not looked impressive in years. Did Rockhold call Vitor out? Did Vitor have positive things to say if so?

MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

7/1/13 3:59 PM by MasterofMartialArts

This exactly

MasterofMartialArts site profile image  

7/1/13 3:58 PM by MasterofMartialArts

I love Mousasi and I think he fucking legit, but you can't argue with this. Kang had good run in PRIDE and Santiago was a beast in Japan, but both of these guys got smashed in the UFC. Cyborg would have too if he came over when Zuffa acquired SF. With that being said, if anybody saw his fights with Sokoudjou or Hunt, you would know he is dangerous on the feet AND on the ground. Even against Jardine, he out struck him 7-1 in their fight, dominated Keith, and it was scored a draw. So anybody who is just looking at his Wikipedia page wouldn't know that. I think he is a legit challenger for Belfort (and Vitor is my favorite fighter), I think Vitor just wants another shot at the belt since he has solidified his number two spot again. So why would he want to fight a guy like Mousasi? For casuals it wouldn't matter, for hardcores it would gain him massive respect, but in his eyes, it's high risk low reward.

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7/1/13 3:08 PM by GSPsShadyHandWraps

Jacare was a better fighter 4 fights later? Based on what exactly? Because it happens to fit your silly argument? 2 of those 4 guys he beat were coming off losses. I will give you that he was ranked higher but that is subjective and irrelevant. Mousasi also finished Jacare in dominant fashion while Rockhold barely edged out the win, whats your point? Oh right according to you Jacare had improved by some unknown metric and was thus a better fighter vs RockholdTim Kennedys claim to fame is beating Manhoef whom Mousasi already beat and Robbie Lawler, he also lost to Jacare whom Mousasi already beatSeriously, pretending like Rockhold was some huge name is stretching it.

Chiron site profile image  

7/1/13 2:54 PM by Chiron

I'd agree that rankings are a bit too UFC-biased, and I do think Mousasi is a good fighter (used to be a big fan), but the UFC pays attention to rankings so fighters have to as well. Besides, even though most of the guys mentioned (Kang, Babalu, Jacare, Hunt, Cyborg, and Lombard) are good fighters, half of them aren't a top 10 quality fighter, regardless of the rankings. Kang had a shot in the UFC and lost 2 out of 3. Lombard's 1 loss away from being cut and Cyborg is far from a strong win. His record is barely over .500. What's Mousasi's best win...Jacare? Hunt? Vitor easily has a stronger record of wins. He's also done better in the loss department. Every guy Vitor has lost to, with the exception of Overeem, is/was an MMA legend in their prime when they fought. Mousasi lost to King Mo, even though I don't agree with the decision, who is a good fighter but not on the level of a prime Liddell, Silva, or Jones. Mousasi also lost to Gono and drew with Jardine, which was a BS decision, but he should've been able to do better against a guy in the twilight of his career who cut to MW on a few weeks notice like Jardine did. Mousasi's a good fighter and I'd like to see Belfort vs Mousasi, but right now Mousasi does not deserve that fight and Vitor wanting a higher opponent isn't ducking Mousasi. It's the realization that the UFC usually, though inconsistently, gives a lot of weight to an opponent's rank when deciding who gets a title shot. Some might say "Well, Mousasi vs Gustafsson was going to decide who got the next title shot" and that may be true, but keep in mind they just gave LHW title shots to Vitor and Sonnen, neither of whom had even fought recently at LHW. They're clearly just looking for more fresh opponents for Jones before having rematches. If Vitor, or any fighter for that matter, wants to maximize the argument that they are the one who deserves the next title shot, then it's understandable if they want to bolster their point as much as they can by beating the highest ranked opponent possible, preferably in devastating fashion. Beating a guy who hasn't fought a top 10 level guy and looked unimpressive in his last fight against a low level opponent isn't likely to get you that shot.