Even though he’s been the king of Bellator’s middleweight division for less than a week, Gegard Mousasi is already looking at a superfight with Rory MacDonald.
Mousasi took the title on Friday night with a TKO win over Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 200, and has put MacDonald in the crosshairs.
“I think Rory is a big name. It’s a fight that everyone wants to see. I want to make the fight, I think Rory wants to make the fight,” Mousasi said on The MMA Hour. “Rory started with wanting to come up in weight and we like the fight, so he said it and we replied a hundred times, and now, I don’t know, it’s not up to me. Like Rory said, it’s up to Bellator.”
Mousasi and MacDonald exchanged words on The MMA Hour this week, and Mousasi claimed that “Rory is more boring than me.”
“So one of us has to be the bad guy, and I will take that role, no problem. I will be the bad guy. You need rivalries, so I’m going to be the bad guy in this one and Rory can be the good guy. He’s Canadian anyway, they’re always so friendly, so I’m the bad guy.”
With a middleweight and welterweight superfight brewing, some are comparing it to MacDonald’s teammate, Georges St-Pierre’s win over Michael Bisping in 2017. Mousasi is giving fair warning to not make that kind of comparison.
“Listen, I’m no Michael Bisping,” Mousasi said. “I know what GSP did, but believe me, I’m physically a lot stronger than Michael Bisping. Technically, I’m better. So it’s almost the same fight, GSP vs. Michael Bisping, but now it’s Rory against me. I think he doesn’t know. He’s a big welterweight, but still, he doesn’t have anything over me that I’m impressed by — let’s say wrestling, or standup, or he doesn’t have the reach, speed, the striking. So I don’t know. I’ve trained with Douglas Lima, he’s a tough kid, but I could feel the weight difference.
“They just need me to lose to somebody who doesn’t have a name, then they’re going to kill me, they’re going to bury me. But Rory is a big name. He’s a big name. If I win, people will know I have a win over a good fighter, a very well-known fighter. So of course it’s, for me, a win-win situation, [rather] than fighting a guy that no one knows.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting