UFC middleweights Gegard Mousasi and Mark Munoz have been booked to headline Fight Night Berlin, as the UFC returns to Germany this May 31. The trip is the second overall for the promotion to Deutschland, the first being UFC 122, which went down in Oberhausen circa 2010.
Munoz and Mousasi have been around the top 10 middleweights in MMA for a while now, and have both been beaten by Lyoto Machida in their latest appearances. Mousasi made an unsuccessful middleweight debut by losing a decision to ‘The Dragon’, but Munoz was finished by KO in devastating fashion.
UFC.com first released the news, and both ‘The Dreamcathcer’ and ‘The Filipino Wrecking Machine’ had something to say:
"I've always wanted to go to Berlin," said Munoz. "To be able to compete there is an added bonus. Berlin is a historic place and I'm looking forward to being part of MMA history and putting on a great show for the fans! Mousasi is a great opponent and competitor. I am looking forward to competing against him and getting one step closer to fighting for the title."
"Mark Munoz is an excellent opponent and sportsman," said Mousasi. "I am looking forward to competing in Berlin. It will be a great fight, and I am happy to test my skill set against Mark."
Munoz has been knocked out twice in his last three outings, but Mousasi isn’t well known for his KO power in MMA. Mousasi suffered his first loss in four years against Machida, so maybe that will light a fire under the Dutch K-1 fighter.
A lot of fans feel that ‘The Dragon’ was just far too superior for Mousasi, but a battle against the number seven ranked Munoz could also prove a very stern test. When the ‘Wrecking Machine’ is in form, he can take you out with hard wrestling and brutal ground and pound.
Fight Night 41 is actually scheduled to go down on the same day as a Brazilian fight night card, which is supposedly headlined by Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva. The UFC’s global expansion is surely a thing to behold, but then having two guys who are coming off losses, but also headlining a card is rather questionable.