Following Lyoto Machida‘s big win in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 30 headliner, UFC President Dana White said he’d like to see a fight between the Brazilian and Vitor Belfort. Gegard Mousasi, meanwhile, has other plans.
The former Strikeforce and DREAM champion hasn’t fought since a UFC-debut win over light heavyweight Ilir Latifi in April. After Saturday’s fight and Machida’s win, Mousasi, who’s 21-1-1 since 2006, campaigned for a fight with “The Dragon.”
“I want to make an impact in MW division and fight Machida!” he wrote in a tweet directed at MMAjunkie.com and other media outlets, as well as White.
Mousasi (34-3-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who’s bounced between the 205- and 185-pound decisions, underwent knee surgery following the win over Latifi, who was a very late replacement for Alexander Gustafsson. That victory did little to raise his standing in the light-heavyweight division. However, with a win over Machida (20-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC), who made his middleweight debut in Saturday’s first-round head-kick knockout of Mark Munoz (13-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC), Mousasi would become an instant contender at 185 pounds.
And the possibility may not be all that far-fetched. Although White said he’d like to see Machida vs. Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC), the latter is booked to fight Dan Henderson (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) next month at UFC Fight Night 31. So the UFC boss said it’s quite likely Machida could have a fight in the interim.
“I think, and I’m just talking here as a fan, not as a promoter, I think a lot of people want to see him and Vitor Belfort,” White said of Machida after the FOX Sports 2-televised event in Manchester, England. “That would be a fun fight. Vitor’s got to win down in Brazil. And who knows, (Machida) could fight someone else before that. But I’m just saying, as a fan, and speaking for many fans, that’s the fight they want to see. At least that’s what everyone was screaming at me on the way out of the arena tonight.”
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(Pictured: Gegard Mousasi)