At least one individual was anything but amused by Wanderlei Silva's April Fool's joke saying he was fighting Gegard Mousasi at UFC on FUEL 9 Saturday: Gegard Mousasi.
"The Dreamcatcher" took to Twitter almost immediately after hearing the news, bashing "The Axe Murderer" for a prank he clearly believed to be in bad taste:
The Armenian-Dutch fighter accepted a fight with Silva yesterday, so he obviously at least thought fighting the PRIDE legend was a realistic possibility
For the time being. Mousasi is still set to face Alexander Gustafsson in the evening's main event, though that could change in a matter of hours if "The Mauler" isn't cleared by the Swedish MMA Federation.
Mousasi makes his UFC debut on the heels of a 5-0-1 run in his past six fights, most recently submitting Mike Kyle with a rear-naked choke at Strikeforce's final event in January.
Meanwhile, Gustafsson is riding a six-fight win streak, including four finishes, earning him the No. 2 spot on the UFC's official light heavyweight rankings.
Should he be forced to withdraw from the headlining bout this weekend in front of his Stockholm, Sweden home crowd, Gustafsson would miss a golden opportunity to earn a title fight next.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, Silva has not responded to Mousasi's disparaging remarks.
Was Wanderlei's April Fool's joke just a fighter having fun, or was it actually a really poor idea to begin with given the situation at hand?
Additionally, could this ordeal open the doors for a Silva vs. Mousasi matchup regardless of if the former Strikeforce and DREAM champ wins Saturday night?