Mousasi says after avenging loss to Hall, he’s ready for a title fight or a super fight with Silva or Diaz (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

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Gegard Mousasi (photo credit Per Haljestam © USA Today Sports)

Gegard Mousasi earned his revenge against Uriah Hall Saturday night in a first round TKO victory at UFC Fight Night.

Mousasi said he was glad Hall granted him the rematch after losing their first bout. “First fight, he won fair and square,” Mousasi said at the post-fight news conference. “I give credit to Uriah, he stepped up, he gave me a rematch. I have to respect that.”

Though he’s happy with the outcome, he’d like to put his history with Hall behind him and work towards a shot at the Middleweight Title. “This is behind me,” he said. “I’m tired of that stupid highlight every time I see that stupid kick in my face. I’m tired of it so I can put it behind me. I’ll look forward to go for the title soon.”

Asked who exactly he’d like to fight next, Mousasi said whoever would provide the fastest shot to the title. “Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz as a super fight, that’s a great fight for me; but to get to a title shot, maybe Luke Rockhold,” Mousasi said. “It depends on UFC. If they give me top 10, top 15, number 2, I’ll take the fight as long as they give me the next title shot. I’m ready to take anyone.”

Mousasi extends his winning steak to four and is ranked fifth in the UFC Middleweight Division.

Cervantes Analysis: The Middleweight Division is as competitive as ever and Mousasi is probably a win a way from becoming the third number one contender. Yoel Romero is getting the first shot, Jacare Souza possibly after that, and then Mousasi should be up there as well. To reduce some of the competition at the top, the UFC could opt for an eliminator match between Mousasi and Souza that would be an excellent fight and definitively determine the next in line. Regardless, this is the most stacked I’ve ever seen the division and there are plenty of exciting fights to be made.

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