Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi -- who also held 185-pounds of gold under the DREAM banner -- wants a crack at former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) titleholder Vitor Belfort.
Unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual.
Belfort, coming off back-to-back knockout wins over Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold, is under the impression that he "deserves" the winner of Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman, who fight for "The Spider's" middleweight title this Saturday night (July 6, 2013) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In short, he's a little too high on the totem pole for "The Dreamcatcher," who according to these comments, should "earn his spot," instead of trying to land a big-name fight simply because he "won something a long time ago."
Pot, meet kettle.
That was the reaction of Team Mousasi (via UFC Tonight), who called Belfort a "hypocrite." After all, the Brazilian was able to secure a 185-pound title shot against Anderson Silva at UFC 126, despite the fact that he had zero victories as a UFC middleweight.
He did, however, win something a long time ago.
In addition, Belfort "stepped up" to fight Mousasi earlier this year when the soft-spoken slugger was left without an opponent for UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Sweden. That honor eventually went to Ilir Latifi, and following their three-round laugher, the Armenian went under the knife to correct this injury.
But middleweight matchmaking could be a wait-and-see proposition.
Belfort lost spectacularly to Silva in their first go-round and would likely have a better shot at fighting Weidman, if the "All American" prevails this weekend in "Sin City." If not, Mousasi may have a better case to present UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.
Unless you, the fans, say otherwise.