Top UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi appeared recently on UFC Tonight for an entertaining interview with hosts Kenny Florian and especially Michael Bisping. The Dreamcatcher gambled on fighting out his UFC contract and did so with a win over Chris Weidman. He is now in an exclusive negotiation period with the UFC, but is not impressed with their offer.
“We want to sign with UFC,” he said. “They want to sign also. They should pay. I’m co-main event all the time, it’s not like people don’t know me.”
“[The contract offer] is not good. We don’t like it.
“I think I earned it by now. If you’re one of the best fighters, you should get paid. Like I said, sometimes it’s about nationality. Sage Northcutt I just heard is making 75-75 is what, a beginner. Don’t tell me it’s a fair sport. It has to do something with rankings, it has to do with if you’re one of the best, you should get paid as one of the best. I’m up there. I’ve fought 10 years, more than that as well. I think I earned what I should get.”
“I have one and a half months left and then I can go and talk to other people.”
“At this moment there’s only one guy left so it’s Luke Rockhold,” said Mousasi. “And that’s the fight the UFC wants to make. I’m all for it. It’s a good fight for me. … But I don’t want to train for a guy who gets injured again. But hopefully, he’s recovered. That’s a fight that I think fans also would like.”
Bisping asked Mousasi about the UFC Athlete Retreat last weekend.
“It was fun,” he said. “But then Kobe Bryant comes, he talks about investing $100 million, and you have fighters sitting there who make 10 plus 10. So, it didn’t make any sense. Other than that, it was great. They treated us very well. I don’t want to only bash it. It was great actually. They took care of the fighters. It was a good welcome for the fighters. Hopefully a good start.”
Bisping asked if for the record Mousasi was saying he doesn’t have hundreds of millions of dollars to invest.
“I invested my money,” he said. “I’m safe. I have no worries.”