Following a win over Thales Leites in London, Gegard Mousasi wants to face former middleweight king Anderson Silva at either UFC 199 in June or UFC 200 in July.
Mousasi has long talked about fighting Silva and he believes now is the perfect time to make it happen.
There were a lot of questions about Silva possibly returning to action at UFC 198 in Brazil, but according to Mousasi’s manager Nima Safapour in a text message sent to FOX Sports on Wednesday, that date is just a little too early on the calendar.
Mousasi definitely wants the matchup, however, so he’s putting the ball back in Silva’s court to accept the challenge for the summer instead.
"It is an exciting idea as it will be a stadium show, however, the Curitiba card is right around the corner. Therefore we need adequate time to put the camp together and prepare. We would gladly fight Anderson, however, a May date is too soon of a return. Had we known immediately after the London card then maybe, but that time has passed us unfortunately," Safapour wrote.
"We will take the fight gladly. However, I think it would make more sense to have them fight at either UFC 199 in LA at the earliest or UFC 200 in Vegas at the latest."