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Mousasi Sounds Off on Hunt, Vitor and UFC Pay

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Gegard Mousasi beat four ranked middleweights in 2016, three via KO. At UFC 210 on Saturday he fights another, former champion Chris Weidman. But he isn’t close to a title shot. The last one went to Dan Henderson and the next one goes to former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. And Bisping vs. GSP isn’t even scheduled yet.

The Dreamcatcher appeared recent on the Fight Society podcast, and he is not impressed.

“At first they made the Dan Henderson fight that didn’t make any sense.” said Mousasi, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “The number one contender didn’t fight then. Now they’re making the GSP fight and Michael Bisping hasn’t fought for a long time. So the number one contender has to wait again. If the number one contenders would have fought in those two fights, I would have been next by now but because the UFC is making these silly fights, [I] get pushed around. So now if I win, I’m going to have to put everything on the line again and get another win and then maybe I’m next. And still maybe, because who knows what fight they’re going to make after this.

“I deserve [a title shot]. ‘Jacare’ has deserved a shot already. Yoel Romero deserves his shot. Why aren’t we getting our title shots? What can I say? They’re just stalling or whatever. Now they’re saying GSP may not want to fight until January or whatever. … If they want to have a super fight, make GSP vs. Anderson. Even if he wins, he’s going to vacate the title. … He’s not going to defend against a top middleweight.”

“[Bisping]’s got to do what’s good for him and his family. He’s going to try to make some money and retire. You cannot blame the guy who wants to make money and take care of the future of his family. You can’t blame the guy. If I was to blame, I would blame the UFC for making those fights. They shouldn’t make those fights.”

“I just see that Vitor Belfort is making tons more money than me. I defeated Dan Henderson, he’s making tons more money than me. I defeated Mark Hunt. He’s making $800,000 a fight. I can beat Michael Bisping and even before he was champion he was making a lot more than me. Why don’t I deserve to make some money? … How is it possible Mark Hunt is making $800,000 with a record of 10-10? He has a record of 10 wins, 10 losses. Look at my record. How the f*** is that possible?”

Mousasi decided to run his current UFC contract out, and try free agency. Saturday is the last fight on his contract. It’s risky.

“It comes all down to this fight,” he said. “That’s why I trained so hard for this fight. It’s not because I want to beat Chris Weidman. It’s because I need to get paid, and I’m going to get paid. That’s what I’m going to do.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.