By Jamie McAllister
Mark Munoz comments while appearing on Inside MMA.
Munoz had been out due to injury since November 5th, 2011 and makes his return at UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman on July 11th.
“The doctor told me, he assured me, that I’d be back within six months. I’m back and, I’ve been consistent with my rehab and training. Now I feel great, and I got a straight arm, now, as you can see. Before, I was just barely throwing hooks. Now, I feel great.”
Munoz is prepared for the bout with Chris Weidman and expects the it to involve all aspects of Mixed Martial Arts.
“I see this fight being everywhere. I see this fight being on the ground, and if he takes me down, I’ll pop him back up. But I’m gonna look to take him down, too. I’m gonna try and ground-and-pound, and use my ‘Donkey Kong punches’ to my advantage, like I always do. I’m prepared for it to be on the feet too, and we all know that when two wrestlers fight, we neutralize each other, and it happens on the feet, mostly, so I’ve been working on my stand-up a lot for this fight. I expect it to be a stand-up war, but at the same time, I expect it to be everywhere; in the cage, on the ground, wherever — on the feet, I’m prepared.”
Comparisons could be made between the two former wrestlers and Munoz even commented that Weidman was a younger version of him.
“Usually, when I fight, it doesn’t go the distance, but sometimes it does, and usually, I end up coming out on top with decisions. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to this fight. He’s a finisher, I’m a finisher, too. It’s gonna be a battle of wills in there. We do come from similar backgrounds. He’s a wrestler, and I’m a wrestler, too. He wrestled for Hofstra. I wrestled for Oklahoma State. He was an All-American, and I was a National Champion, so that’s a difference there. When it comes to MMA wrestling, his is pretty good. Mine, as well, too. So, we’re gonna be battling it out, for sure.”
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