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Gegard Mousasi on potential Michael Bisping fight: 'I'd jab his face all night'

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Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports

Gegard Mousasi appears to be on the warpath.

After besting Vitor Belfort via TKO in the second round of their co-main event bout at UFC 204, the UFC middleweight from Holland didn't mince words at the Manchester, England's post-fight press conference.

Mousasi opined on being underrated by mixed martial arts fans, his allegation that Lyoto Machida cheated when they fought, taking a fight against Alexander Gustafsson when he was injured, Conor McGregor throwing bottles and more.

He also had words for the middleweight champ, Michael Bisping, who narrowly edged Dan Henderson in the main event to retain his middleweight title.

"I think I'm underrated throughout my whole career. I don't know," Mousasi lamented. "Maybe I'm from Holland, people don't care, but I don't know. Maybe throw some bottles at someone's head and then people gonna notice me.

"I fight Michael Bisping," he said. "With his performance tonight, I like Bisping, but, you guys know I can beat him. I would beat Michael Bisping. I would jab his face the whole night. Easy."

The Armenian acknowledged he's not entirely certain what's next for him despite his emphatic TKO of Belfort. One thing he did know, however, was how he's been passed over for several key opportunities.

"I was scheduled to fight [Bisping], but somehow Anderson Silva show up," he said of the UFC Fight Night 84 bout in February of 2016. Mousasi and Bisping were originally slated to face off, but UFC management went another direction, giving Silva the bout against the Brit.

"He took my fight," Mousasi continued. "I was supposed to fight DC. I was ready, I was able to go five rounds. It was me or Anderson Silva at that moment," he said, noting he was in the running to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 after Jon Jones was removed from the card last minute.

"There weren't other guys to choose from, so Anderson Silva having come from operation, laying on his couch, they woke him up, give him some medical tests and they give him the title shot. He wasn't able to go five rounds, so he chose to give three rounds and he was just happy holding on for three rounds just to survive. So, in that time, I deserve to fight for the belt if it was me and Anderson."

Mousasi told the media on Sunday morning he was ready to face any of the top contenders in the division or Bisping. While frustrated, he also expressed some hope things would eventually go his way.

"I don't know. My time will come," he said. After a brief pause, he reaffirmed that belief. "My time will come."