Mousasi ready to earn title shot

Gegard Mousasi has made it clear that he feels he is on the brink of a middleweight title shot, but added that he is willing to fight once more to solidify his position as the number one contender. 

Mousasi avenged his loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast on Saturday as he triumphed via TKO in the first round. The win was his fourth in a row as his last loss in the UFC came against Hall via TKO at UFC Fight Night 75 in September last year. 

The Iranian-born fighter is even open to taking on Anderson Silva or Nick Diaz, but admitted that his next opponent is likely to be former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. 

“Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz as a super fight, that’s a great fight for me; but to get to a title shot, maybe Luke Rockhold,” he said. “It depends on UFC. If they give me top-10, top-15, No. 2, I’ll take the fight as long as they give me the next title shot. I’m ready to take anyone.”

The 31-year-old also conceded that he was thrilled to have avenged his loss to Hall on Saturday, but went on to laud his opponent for giving him a rematch. 

“First fight, he won fair and square,” Mousasi added. “I give credit to Uriah, he stepped up, he gave me a rematch. I have to respect that. He’s a nice guy. But this is behind me, I’m tired of that stupid highlight every time I see that stupid kick in my face. I’m tired of it so I can put it behind me. I’ll look forward to go for the title soon.”