In recent times, if you can talk the talk in the UFC then chances are you’ll be getting a title shot sooner rather than later.
It seems like Gegard Mousasi decided to go down a similar route following his post-fight rant last weekend, having put on an impressive performance in a second round TKO win over Vitor Belfort, suggesting that he can walk the walk after three straight wins.
Mousasi wants a shot at the champion, Michael Bisping. He’s one of many that was frustrated in his choice of opponent in Dan Henderson, joining the likes of Chris Weidman and Jacare Souza.
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Following his win, Mousasi was asked what he could do to get the recognition he believes he deserves and he responded with, “Maybe throw some bottles on someone’s head,” obviously referring to the infamous Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz incident earlier this year.
Speaking to Flo Combat, Mousasi claims he has exchanged some messages with the Irishman, and made a sensational claim that McGregor even threatened him with a knife.
He said: “People like it, I just spoke the truth. Sometimes you have to say stupid s**t before people notice you.
THREATENED WITH A KNIFE
“I got a private message from Conor McGregor. He was cursing at me, the little f**k. He was threatening me. I said ‘What are you going to do with your 50 kilos?’ The f****r was threatening me with a knife. He knows I could beat his ass any day.
“I said some stuff that I didn’t mean. I said people don’t know who the real fighter is or not. Of course, he’s a top fighter. English is not my first language, and I just blurt stuff out sometimes. I thought it was funny that he was messaging me.”
It’s not surprising that Mousasi may have ruffled a few feathers by throwing shade at some of the fighters. Perhaps this is exactly what he needs to do more often to get that recognition and put himself in contention for a title shot.
We’ve seen in almost every division that it’s usually the stars that talk the most that find themselves in these positions, and with more outbursts like that, Dana White may have a difficult time keeping him out of the mix in the middleweight division.
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