This weekend's match-up is the final fight on Mousasi's current UFC contract, and the Dutch mixed martial arts veteran has been adamant about making a change to his situation with the promotion. Not only does "The Dreamcatcher" think that he deserves a bigger payday, but more importantly, the former DREAM and Strikeforce champ wants a crack at a UFC title.
It's safe to say that Mousasi isn't happy that former welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is getting a shot at middlweight title holder Michael Bisping, as he believes a number of fighters - including himself - are more deserving of the championship bout.
"Some people get title shots like it’s a gift, some people have to take the longer and more difficult road," Mousasi said ahead of UFC 210. "Let them make a different money fight. Let GSP fight Anderson Silva. Why should he fight for a belt? He hasn’t fought in the middleweight division ever. He hasn’t fought for four years so let him fight someone else. Jon Jones went through a very difficult time but he beat all the number one contenders."
While Mousasi isn't a fan of the match-up, he seems to realize that the situation is pretty much out of his control, which is why he's also subtly campaigning for a possible light heavyweight title shot should he beat Weidman on Saturday night. However, depending on the results of Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2, a crack at the 205 lb. crown may not be in the cards for Mousasi, especially if Jones makes a miraculous return.
So what options does Mousasi have left? He could take another UFC bout at middleweight, but that would put his championship hopes in jeopardy. And even if Mousasi beats a Luke Rockhold or takes the rubber match in his trilogy with Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza, there's no guarantee that he'll be next in line for the title shot.
The best course of action for Mousasi may be to leave the UFC altogether.
While the Dutch star is currently riding a four-fight win streak in the UFC, and could extend that record to 5-0 with a win over Weidman, he may want to bring that momentum over to #BellatorMMA.
More and more fighters are testing the free agency waters, and Bellator seems to be on a signing spree when it comes to available UFC veterans. Mousasi would be a perfect fit among fellow MMA notables like Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Matt Mitrione, Lorenz Larkin, Chael Sonnen, and many more.
Bellator would also be able to give Mousasi two things that he definitely wants: more money and a title shot.
Current Bellator middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho will put his title on the line against Melvin Manhoef at this weekend's Bellator 176, so Mousasi could potentially face the winner of that fight if he decides to switch promotions. "The Dreamcatcher" even owns a win over Manhoef, so it'd be an easy fight to put together.
There's also a glut of other high profile options, from going up to 205 for a rematch with King Mo, to taking on Fedor Emelianenko again. All of these bouts would get hardcore MMA fans excited, as well as earn Mousasi better paychecks than what he's been getting recently.
Considering that Scott Coker has a relationship with Mousasi stemming from his #Strikeforce days, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Bellator president coaxes the Dutch fighter to make a change.
Whatever he decides to do after UFC 210, expect Mousasi to make a splash with his next career move.