The winner of Chael Sonnen vs Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2 Jan. 28 is expected to decide the number one contender for the UFC middleweight belt. Very likely that championship fight will be in Silva’s home country of Brazil. Mark Munoz is more than confident howver that there is no question, it will be Silva vs Munoz in Brazil.
“They don’t need to have security around (Sonnen) because he ain’t going to Brazil,” Munoz told MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I kind of feel disrespected a little bit, but you know what? It is what it is, and it ain’t going to happen.”
“I think (fighting on network television) is going to be a different vibe because I know there’s going to be many more people watching. But at the same time, it is the same. I’m going to go in there, and I’m going to do what I’ve trained for. And I can’t look at it more than that because if I do, I (will) put too much pressure on myself.”
“Guys freeze inside the octagon. I don’t ever want to do that. I’m just going to see Chael across the cage, and we’re going to put on a good show.”
“I feel like when I was in college every practice was geared toward a national championship. At Oklahoma State, if you weren’t a national champion, you weren’t anything. It was a lot of pressure that was on me, and I had to deal with that.”
“It does give me an advantage,” said Munoz of a wrestling match he had vs. Chael in college in which the Oregon athlete attempted an illegal knee bar. “Because, in wrestling, it’s whoever can break whoever’s will. And I actually tried to do that because he tried to break my leg. In return, I tried to break his will. So he knows what I’m capable of, and I know MMA is different, but still. We’re going at it.”
“There’s a lot of different ways to be able to win the fight. I know he’s developed his MMA game, and I have too, so you’re definitely going to see a fight that has to be watched because we’re going to be slinging stuff all around like kicks, elbows, knees and everything.”