Having scored an impressive, unanimous decision win over Tim Boetsch at UFC 162, Mark Munoz not only got back on track at the event, but the “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” moved up two spots in the middleweight ranks and now sits at #6. Although following the victory Munoz relayed he’d love another another shot at the newly crowned champ Chris Weidman, the 35 year-old vet has begun mapping out plans, which include opponents who might be more realistic at this juncture.
While appearing on a recent episode of MMA Junkie.com Radio, Munoz was asked for his thoughts on the title shot picture, and what he thinks might be next for him. The decorated wrestler and feared ground-and-pound specialist, noted:
“After being out and losing to Weidman, and Vitor winning the way he did against Luke Rockhold, if I don’t get it, Vitor should be able to get it,” Munoz said. “Or me and Vitor might fight for No. 1 contender. Maybe Bisping is up there, too. Or I fight Bisping and we go for No. 1 contender. We’ll see what happens.
“I’m definitely ready, whoever they want to give me, and I plan on wrecking whoever they put me in there with.”
Note the nicely played use of the word “wrecking”; it’s all about the branding remember…Of course, Belfort apparently isn’t ready yet to give up on his title shot hopes, but, if Anderson Silva does sign off on a rematch with Weidman, “The Phenom” may elect to take a fight. Would he be interested in fighting Munoz? Maybe, but Gegard Mousasi has also been calling him out. Bisping also doesn’t have anything booked at the moment, and since he’s ranked #4, that might be a more realistic match-up for Munoz. Really, a bout with either man would be good news for Munoz, as stylistically, his wrestling and top game could present some difficulties for his fellow contenders.
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