| These middleweights went to war in the second fight of the main card of UFC 162.
I was predicting that the wrestling wouldn’t be a a factor in this fight and I was totally, 100% wrong. Tim Boetsch came right out of the gates and went for a takedown and slammed Munoz to the mat. He didn’t do much with that position and later in the round Munoz scored a takedown of his own. Toward the end of the round both men opened up on the feet and Munoz looked to get faster, cleaner strikes to end the round.
The second round was another grinding pace as both men worked hard in the clinch with knees and elbows and Munoz again scored a takedown midway through the round. Boetsch scrambled well and was able to come back to his base but Munoz continually made him pay each time by landing huge shots to the body and legs of Boetsch from the front headlock position. Munoz definitely got the better of the second round and heading into the third round it seemed that Munoz was clearly winning the fight.
Munoz took over int he third round as he got the best of each position and just looked to have more steam at the end of the bout. He utilized his wrestling pedigree to win every scramble and land huge, ferocious shots to the body and head of Tim Boetsch. He just came out and totally demolished “The Barbarian” in every aspect of this fight.
Munoz landed 4 takedowns in the bout, he landed 160 total strikes with 116 of those coming on the ground. Compare that to Boetsch’s 5 ground strikes and I think you can gain an idea of how this fight played out. Munoz’s striking accuracy was at an astonishing 90% and I don’t think he’s ever looked better inside the UFC cage. His ground and pound to the body was amazing and his wrestling skills were flawless, with the exception of the one takedown he gave up. This was an incredibly impressive win for Munoz and the future looks bright for “The Filipino Wrecking Machine”.
Munoz is now back on the track and is one step closer to getting himself a future middleweight title shot. It will be interesting to see what the UFC decides to give him next. He’s now 13-3 in his MMA career and will likely be given a top 5 opponent in his next bout.Jake Chastain, Mark Muñoz, mma, MMA NEWS, tim boetsch, ufc, ufc 162, ufc news, ufc results