UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi added another impressive victory to his resume at UFC 204 last weekend, knocking out Vitor Belfort and sending a clear message to the rest of the 185-pound division.
During his epic rant at the UFC 204 post-fight presser, Mousasi took aim at the dramatic nature of certain fighters amongst the promotion’s roster, in particular, Conor McGregor and his well-documented bottle-throwing incident with Nate Diaz prior to UFC 202.
According to Mousasi, while speaking to Flo Combat (via MMA Mania) recently, the former Strikeforce champion and McGregor have been exchanging private messages in light of the comments, with Mousasi stating the Dubliner went as far as to threaten him with a knife.
“People liked it,” Mousasi said, referring to his UFC 204 post-fight rant.
“I just spoke the truth. Sometimes you have to say stupid sh*t before people notice you.
“I got a private message from Conor McGregor,” he continued. “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,” Mousasi said. “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.”
Following a recent hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission regarding the UFC 202 press conference fiasco, McGregor received a $150,000 fine and community service, while Diaz is line for punishment too at a hearing in the near future.
The reigning featherweight champion is currently preparing for his lightweight title showdown with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, taking place on November 12 at the Madison Square Garden arena in New York. A win for the Dubliner will see him become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two division titles simultaneously.
As for ‘The Dreamcatcher’, his win over Belfort has pushed him into the top five ranked fighters in the division, putting him on the cusp of a middleweight title shot.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena