Mousasi refuses Affliction III middleweight bout, challanges Belfort to catch-weight


Soon after his dominant victory over Mark Hunt in the open-weight “Super Hulk” tournament at Tuesday’s DREAM.8 event, Gegard Mousasi said he was scheduled to fight former UFC champ Vitor Belfort at Affliction III.

Mousasi, who recently vacated his DREAM middleweight title to move up a weight class, assumed the fight would take place at light heavyweight.

However, after Belfort told that he would only fight at middleweight and questioned the starpower of his potential opponent, Mousasi has now issued a challenge: fight at a catch-weight.

Affliction III is expected to take place Aug. 1 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Mousasi vs. Belfort bout would have been a solid addition to a fight card headlined by Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett. However, Mousasi said he can’t take the fight at 185 pounds.

“I cannot make the weight,” Mousasi told “Otherwise I would have continued to fight at 185 and not given up my DREAM middleweight title. I cannot make 185 anymore, and that is final.”


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