‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ Muñoz wants title shot in UFC


Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz FILE PHOTO

THREE nights after winning his comeback fight, Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Muñoz announced that he is willing to fight newly crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Chris Weidman if Anderson Silva won’t ask for a rematch. Muñoz lost to Weidman last year via second round technical knockout.

Muñoz scored a unanimous victory over American Tim Boetsch on Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, USA, while Weidman dethroned the showboating Silva via second round technical knockout.

“I feel great other than my swollen hand and it being a little sore, but I’m doing very well,” Muñoz, 35, told The Manila Times via online messaging on Tuesday. “I believe my best weapon was my ground-and-pound in this fight. I was able to hold Tim Boetsch down and land a lot of ground strikes.”

“If Anderson doesn’t fight Chris, I would love to step in,” Muñoz added. “This was the real Mark Muñoz tonight. When I fought Chris, I actually had some adversity fighting him. I would really love a rematch with him if he [Silva] doesn’t take it.”

But if Silva requested for a rematch, Muñoz might wait for one or two more fights before earning a title shot. UFC President Dana White said that Silva is entitled for a rematch if he wants one.

For the mean time, Muñoz, who improves to 13-3 win-loss card, said he would just continue his intensive training to prepare for a title shot.

“I’m planning to stay in shape and train as soon as possible. Looking forward to getting back in there,” he said.


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