“Fight Hub TV” stopped by “Team Reign’s” training facilities in Orange County, California this week and caught up Mark Munoz, post his victory over Tim Boetsch and ahead of his October 29th bout with Michael Bisping.
“The Filipino Wrecking Machine” said of his match with Boetsch, that he felt no ring-rust and that what he wanted out of the bout was for people to see that he has “improved” , the shape that he was in and that he “just want people to see how different I was, ya know, from when I fought Weidman the first time, that’s it.”
He said of beating on Boetsch, “dang this guy is tough.” That Tim took it and kept coming, but he knows “The Barbarian” must have been hurting the next day as a result of the pounding. For his part, Munoz hurt his hand giving the beating and is taking a couple of weeks off in order to allow the swelling to go down.
Munoz believes that his win has pushed him higher in the 185 ranks (he’s up 2 spots to #6), but that he’s a win away from being able to “legitimately” ask for a title shot.
In terms of his next fight, his preferences were either Bisping or Belfort and that it would be an honor to fight either, but honour aside, he feels he can easily beat both. As he has drawn Bisping (October 26th in Manchester), his assumption on the issue will soon enough be put to the test.
In terms of the new middleweight champion, the Filipino Wrecking Machine says that he’s ready for a title shot and that he knows that he “can beat Chris Weidman and he can roll his eyes however he wants, because he rolled his eyes at the press conference, but hey, I know I can beat him.”
In making the statement, one can’t help but notice how much Mark sounds like Chris in terms of confidence and you can’t help but wonder what a re-match might look like.
On the issue of his good friend Anderson Silva and (now) not having to fight him as a result of Silva’s loss to Weidman and whether or not Munoz was at least happy with the outcome of the bout from that point-of-view, Mark stated:
“Yes, there was that thought process, because Anderson is my friend, man, you know, I don’t want to fight him…. I know his perspective about that, I know his mentality about that, he doesn’t want to fight his friends and I respect that, but at the same time I want to become Champion, too, so when Chris Weidman won, bet, I’m going to be asking for that fight.”
On that note, Mark may well get his wish. All he needs to do now is beat Bisping and hope that Weidman beats Silva again and it could well be a done deal. That said, there still is the issue of Vitor Belfort and his title aspirations that must be dealt with and “The Phenom” is not apt to let go of his dreams, easily.