Whether it’s coincidence or not, it’s an interesting to note that both Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman will be competing  for the first time since they  met last summer, when they fight at UFC 162. As a result of their bout last July, which saw Weidman buzz the MMA world by cracking Munoz with a standing elbow, “The All-American” will meet UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine”, on the other hand, will  throw down with Tim Boetsch, in a fight that will likely see the loser exit the top ten rankings.

Like the #8 ranked Munoz, the #1o ranked Boetsch is coming off a stoppage loss (to Costa Philippou in December) and he had also won four straight prior to his last outing. As Munoz recently relayed to RM Sports’ Rick Lee, it’s an extremely important fight, not only because of the abilities of Boetsch, but what defeating him could bring.

“To win this fight is extremely important. For me to be able to win and showcase my skills, and executing what I’ve been training for the whole camp, should I finish him that would speak volumes. It would let everyone know that I’m back and I’m ready to go. Last fight wasn’t indicative of who I am, and a win over Tim Boetsch would definitely catapult me back into the title hunt.”

“Tim is strong; he’s resilient, he can end a fight with one punch and he’s got good clinch work. Those are things that he possesses, so those are things that I need to think about, but at the sametime, I need to think about what I do best and enforce it on him as well. If I keep thinking about what he does, I won’t do anything in the fight, so, I need to be able to take the things I’m best at and execute it on him.”

Although both men have developed striking skills this bout could very well come down to wrestling. If one man ends up on his back for a prolonged period of time, they could be in for a rough ride.

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