THREE months after winning his comeback fight, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz is bracing for a big bout against Michael Bisping. A victory against the Briton could earn Muñoz a possible shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title of Chris Weidman early next year. Weidman, who dethroned longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, defeated Muñoz via technical knockout in July 2012.
Muñoz (13-3 win-loss record), who defeated American Tim Boetsch in July via unanimous decision, will fight Bisping (24-5 win-loss mark) in UFC Fox Sports 1 on October 26, in Manchester England.
“I feel there’s no any disadvantage fighting Bisping at his own turf [in Manchester],” Muñoz, 35, posted on his official website. “I already fought in UK when I beat Chris Laben two years ago. I know Bisping’s kick-boxing expertise but I’m in good condition too.”
Bisping, 34, who won 14 fights by knockout, four by submission and six by decision, said he won’t let his compatriots be disappointed when the fight night comes.
“I’m sending the British fans home very happy,” Bisping, who beat Alan Belcher via technical decision in April, told telegraph.co.uk writer Gareth Davis. “I’m really up for this challenge against Muñoz, but he’s getting beat.”
But Muñoz is unperturbed, saying he is ready to what Bisping would bring in their fight. He said he would allow Bisping, a kick-boxer and Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner, taste defeat for the first time in his hometown.