gegard-mousasi-18.jpgGegard Mousasi appears serious about his return to the middleweight division, and he’s aiming for the top of the UFC’s 185-pound division.

Mousasi (34-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) today took to Twitter to stump UFC President Dana White for a shot at top contender Vitor Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC).

[email protected] @ufc I hoop I can fight in december against Belfort… I think my fans would love that fight,” he wrote.

However, as MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported, White hasn’t counted out the possibility of Belfort, who’s fresh off a violent knockout of former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold at UFC on FX 8, facing the winner of next month’s UFC 162 headliner between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and challenger Chris Weidman.

“It would make sense for [Belfort to meet the winner of the Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman] fight, and that’s not far away,” White said. “Those two fight, and we see what happens. Or Vitor could fight again. I don’t know. But he could fight either one of those guys.”

Currently, Belfort is ranked No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA middleweight rankings. Mousasi is ranked No. 12 in the light-heavyweight rankings.

Mousasi, who’s currently on the mend following knee surgery, made his UFC debut and fought light heavyweight Ilir Latifi (a late replacement for Alexander Gustafsson) despite the injury back in April at UFC on FUEL TV 9. He earned a unanimous-decision win and then scheduled the surgery.

However, this past month, the former DREAM middleweight champion and ex-Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion said he was contemplating a return to the 185-pound division once he’s healed and back in the cage later this year.

Since the last time he competed at middleweight (September 2008), Mousasi has spent most of his time at light heavyweight, though he won a fight in the 2009 DREAM Super Hulk open-weight tournament before an injury forced him out of the field.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Gegard Mousasi)

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