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Sunday, 12/04/2011, 01:09 am

UFC NEWS – Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz Booked For UFC on FOX 2

The UFC’s second appearance on network television just got a whole lot more interesting with the addition of a middleweight number one contender bout between Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen.

UFC officials notified BJPENN.COM of the booking late yesterday evening.

UFC on FOX 2 is set to go down from Chicago’s United Center on January 28 live on FOX TV. In the main event, Phil Davis will square off with Rashad Evans for the number one contender seat in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division ruled over by Jon Jones. The co-feature of the evening is a middleweight number one contender bout between Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen.

Chael Sonnen appeared to be locked for a title shot against Anderson Silva. UFC President Dana White even went as far as to state that he would be a fool not to put Chael in the cage with the middleweight champion. However, after word got out that Silva is on the shelf until June of 2012, Sonnen apparently wanted to stay active and will now face Munoz for the number one contender seat.

Munoz has been riding high since entering the UFC’s middleweight division. The former training partner to Anderson Silva recently stated his case for a title shot after destroying Chris Leben in the UFC 138 main event. The top ranked fighter has only dropped one-fight since moving to the 185 pound weight class and that was to Yushin Okami at UFC on Versus 1 via a very close split-decision.

The two fighters faced off in college on the wrestling circuit and it was Munoz who walked away with the victory.

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96 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Munoz Booked For UFC on FOX 2”

  1. jonsey says:

    i dnt understnd munoz always says he wants title shot..tht is good there are mny vids of him training t blackhouse with anderson but he stil ok to fight him,,,,chael wil out wrestle munoz he next level

  2. Felly says:

    @jonsey, you do know that munoz beat chael in wrestling in the ncaa wrestling

  3. Eric says:

    i’m going to be going for Munoz… but man, honestly, even though munoz won in wrestling this is mma; but both mark and chael are great on controlling the pace, staying on top and raining punches and elbows. i think this is going to be an awesome fight. i’m more hyped up for this than the Rashad vs davis bout! =P

    • Chartmonster says:

      This will be the main event, but Chael will finish him before the 2nd is complete.

      • baldy says:

        chael will lose via either arm bar or triangle choke…like always. lol
        because he’s too busy talkin shit to a ring girl to learn to defend two bjj 101 subs. chael’s doosh!

        • fedorVbrock says:

          just don’t talk if you have no idea what you’re talking about please

        • baldy says:

          oh…i was incorrect? sonnen hasnt been submitted multiple times…in particular the triangle choke and arm bar?
          nah…im correct, he has been.
          the triangle choke and arm bar are not basic bjj? they were in my class….(if remember correctly they were both within the first six months)
          and yes he was atempting to pick on a ring girl…not surprising since all he ever does is get submitted and talk shit….
          so that pretty much sums it up…i am correct…you dooshes are not.

        • mmaislandjunkie says:

          it would be awesome if munoz can gnp the shit out of sonnens stupid face!

  4. Danger, MD says:

    Interesting match-up, it’s always fun to see how wrestlers handle being on their back, and it’s bound to happen at some point. Should be a competitive bout, but Sonnen’s got this. Better stand-up, has adapted his wrestling for MMA more effectively, and honestly he’s the more intelligent fighter. TRT aside, you don’t go four and a half rounds with Anderson Silva without knowing what you’re doing. Munoz has some sick power, and his wrestling is no joke, but the formula to beating Sonnen isn’t striking with him
    or GnP, it’s submissions. Munoz’ chin is also somewhat suspect, he has been dropped multiple times, and getting knocked out from a Matt Hamill headkick is just embarrassing. Chael by unanimous decision.

    • Mike says:

      How do you figure Sonnen has better striking than Munoz? If anything, Munoz has shown much improved striking over his career, and from what I’ve seen of both of them, I’d wager Munoz would have a much better chance in the stand up than Chael. And if you can stop his takedowns, yes, striking with Chael would very well be a good way to beat him, considering his stand up skills are severely lacking in comparison to his wrestling.

      And finally, have you ever been head kicked before? Better yet, have you ever been head kicked by a professional mixed martial artist before? I’m betting not. Being knocked out by a Hamill head kick is far from embarrassing.

      Funny thing is, I’m favoring Chael in this match-up, but your assessment is completely off based.

      • Danger, MD says:

        Judging from your asinine post you’ve been kicked in the head enough for the both of us, so I’ll take your word on that one buddy. You don’t have to be a professional anything to criticize anybody for anything you half-wit. It was embarrassing. Matt Hamill is poor fighter, and has a wrestling background. It’s nothing to be proud of. Chael stood with Anderson Silva, and rocked him repeatedly. (Insert the “he had a broken rib, Wah) you people seem to be good at that. Munoz tries to strike like a striker, which is foolish. He should stick to what has won him fights in the past, ground and pound and wrestling. Chael has used his wrestling as he should, as a base. Everything he does is centered around getting the takedown, landing on top, and grinding guys out. He will out strike Munoz, he will take him down, and you will feel like a moron. Now go back to breathing from your mouth and watching UFC unleashed reruns, you are embarrassing yourself “mike”.

    • Sean says:

      No, TRT is what made him four ronds with silva

      • Robby says:

        STFU… Always an excuse.. You don’t hear Anderson, Dana, Joe Rogan or any other fighter or commentator saying anything about the TRT. It happens often… All the professionals talk about is how Chael took Silva into the 5th round and almost beat him. Yea, I know…almost. Go ahead and bitch about something of how I don’t know anything or I don’t watch MMA or “get of Chael’s nuts” blah blah blah. If that makes you feel any better. Chael could have sit on the sidelines and waited for his deserved title shot while Silva got better, but he’s putting it on the line against a tough guy. Munoz is no joke…but Chael will make him a joke just like he did with Stann.

    • Marktui says:

      Sonnen is not known for striking. All of his UFC wins are decisions and he mostly will take guys down and grind them out. He had Anderson Silva on his back for 24 minutes and all he basically did was throw elbows and slaps at Silva. Not once was Silva ever in danger of getting the fight stopped and he did not even bloody Silva.
      Munoz on the other hand can wrestle with Sonnen and if he gets Chael on his back can reign down some serious ground and pound that could stop the fight. Mark’s stand up has also improved so he can bang on his feet has well. This should be a good fight, both have cardio and both are grapplers. I would give the edge to Munoz who do more damage on top and on the feet.

  5. Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

    This is going to be an excellent event! Funny thing is Chael made it seem like he was going to be fighting the winner of TUF recently… I think this is a tough matchup for Chael, Munoz has KO power and better GnP. Idk if his wrestling is better but I guess we shall see…

  6. Fortyb4five says:

    Sweet I read somewhere that this fight was scratched. Munoz will wreck him!

  7. chaelsatappingbitch says:

    munoz is going to destroy that girl with the big mouth, sonnen. i am so happy…we will never need to hear his lame jokes after that. it’s a shame silva will not have a chance to do that to sonnen after sonnen loses but munoz beating chael would b even more humiliating so all is good.

    • dom says:

      Lol what a fail. U did watch chael beat andersons ass for 23 mins right….u can pretend all u want truth and fact is chael will destroy them,both and the funny thing is I dont like chael, but his wrestling is too good, his cardio is top notch and his gnp is great.

      • Xaninho says:

        That was no assbeating, that was humping and pitterpatter slaps.

        His cardio seemed good, although the TRT helped him too. And his GnP is absolute shit.

        You know what’s funny? In Dutch your name ‘Dom’, literally means ‘Stupid’. Only thing I have to say, your parents made the right call naming you that….

        • In Chinese xaninho means.. Small wimpy fag with a small dick who is infatuated w a tall skinny greasy black Brazilian fighters who is scared of the Chaelmonster!

        • Zack says:

          Ur fucking gay dude. Does it make you sleep good at night knowing your the biggest chael fanboy in the world? Do you sit on all day and wait for Chaels name to come up so you can beat off? Your idol is a cheat and an embarrassment to the mma just like your an embarrassment to this site. Isn’t there a chael website you can go troll on? Probly not since your his only fan

        • Zack suckdickery.. was I talking to u or are u just sticking up for your significant other. My bad sugar bear .. hugs and kisses muffin. Bj Fedor and the Chaelmonster greatest of all time!

  8. dom says:

    Chael is the best wrestler in the sport gtfo uban wagon ufc fans u watch 2 fights a year then post like u know something….chael has dominated every fight hes been ib…evey single fight, he loses to a submission. Munoz doesnt have a shot in hell specially if he fights the way he did against okami.

    • Marktui says:

      @Dom, I agree with you that Sonnen has top wrestling background and he gets on top and GNP’s for decisions. But Munoz is also a top collegiate wrestler. Both have good cardio and grappling ability. Munoz has the edge on striking ability and power. That is something Sonnen does not have is the ability to stop the fight. He was on top of Silva for 24 minutes, Silva was never in trouble of getting stopped during all five rounds nor was he bloodied. He subbed Brian Stann, but Stann was clearly outclassed by Sonnen on the ground. Should be a good fight, but I don’t see Sonned walking thru Munoz.

    • jersey says:

      exactly right if he cant beat okami he sure as hell isnt gonna beat sonnen

  9. Vincent says:

    Danger I’m pretty sure he only rocked him once just as many times silva rocked him…chael beat silva for 23 mins? Not once was silva in danger, sonnen’s face looked worse than silva’s. Sonnen is a good wrestler but he’s overrated some guys just need to accept silva is the best fighter period his weakness is wrestling but he makes up for it with his jiu jitsu. By the way I don’t think he’s the best wrestler what about Matt Hughes, Dan Henderson, Randy, Munoz, Rashad, Maynard, st. Pierre, lesnar, the list goes on and on. Chael sonnen dominating every fight? It seems like you barely started watching him fights most of these guys are UFC fan boys.

  10. david diaz says:

    i love the matchup but i hate the timing…who’s gonna rape bisping now if he gets a title shot its gonna suck and be over in 3mins but other than stann every other contender is already booked to fight

  11. SanSooRob says:

    Goingbe so funny when Munoz smashes that turd lol can’t wait to read all the sonnen fans this cry for a rematch waaahaaa finally sonnen fights somebody with a westling back ground..

    • voltaire >:DDD says:

      lol yeah, this is very exciting, ill go for munoz, u know after the fyt against okami, he improved, Chael’s just overrated dont u guys think. Sonnen won most of his fights by Unanimous, anyways, this fight card was better than Bisping vs Sonnen, Sonnen’s gonna rape bisping in few mins

  12. The Ansir says:

    I like how all Chael fans are as clueless as Chael. Recalling Sonnens “dominance” of Anderson Silva, whether it took one round or five, Silva WON the fight. No excuses and no irregularities with his blood work. A clean decisive victory. Chael Sonnen is a clown, MMA does not need him.

  13. magoo says:

    This is gonna be a great challenge for Chael and Mark.There both tough SOB’s,the winner of this fight should get Silva next and the loser gets to go beat up Bisping,I guess you can call that a win/win.

  14. magoo says:

    are we gonna get to see the whole card on UFC on FOX2 or just the Munoz Sonnen fight?

  15. Jujitsu Player says:

    Give this to Chael all day. Whatever you say about him he’s definitely game, rather than sit it out and wait he’s willing to risk this fight to prove he’s the number 1 contender.

    • InternetToughGuy says:

      Do you think it’s possible that Chael was “told” to take this fight rather than saying “why not”? The whole Chael thing smells like a marketing ploy.

      • Ninja Oreo Dollop says:

        I think watching the ww and lhw divisions he has learned from other contenders mistakes. He doesn’t want Anderson to have a choice of contenders when it’s all said and done. Just my thought….

        • baldy says:

          anderson already said he’ld fight sonnen….in brazil.
          silva’s not ducking anyone. neither munoz or sonnen have a chance against him. yeah sonnen took him into the fifth round (props) but the bottum line is he lost thats it.
          my pridiction is sonnen beat munoz by dicision.
          fights silva (not in brazil because he doesnt want to die) and get knocked the fuck out in the second.

  16. Stan says:

    Munoz will dominate just about anyone he can get to the ground and sonen is a good fight without a doubt but all his trash talkin and cheating makes it hard for someone to be a fan

  17. chuck says:

    chael sonnen hits like a girl, only thing he got going for him is his take downs and wrestling abilities, if munoz catch him with a right hook sonnen’s going down! then it’s ground and pound and hammer fist feast!

  18. InternetToughGuy says:

    Chael is a manufactured buzz fighter at this point. This was “meant” to be. The thought of having a convicted money launderer and steroid abuser fighting for the UFC middle weight title is laughable. Who cares about the college wrestling days. Munoz has been on a impressive rise higher while Chael has been in a tumultuous whirl wind. Munoz will out strike him as the wrestling aspect will be neutralized.

  19. Vincent says:

    @jujitsuplayer chael take risks???? You are obviously a chael nut hugger all chael does is sit and wait when has he ever tried to take a risk atleast have some knowledge of your hero before you try to talk

  20. ryu says:

    seems like its gonna b a good one

  21. Jpeech says:

    Everyone’s hate for Chael is making them think he is a terrible fighter i heard the same things from you guys about how Stann will dominate chael and ko him we will see what you have to say when chael wins again

  22. Vincent says:

    @jpeech chael is a horrible fighter he’s a good wrestler but a horrible fighter get of his nut sack already let the grown ups talk. Next time atleast say something worth reading, that was a waste of 30secs.

  23. Jpeech says:

    @Vincent if that took you thirty seconds to read you have more to worry about then Chael being a horrible fighter let the grown ups talk? obviously you have no idea what you are talking about when it comes to MMA and maybe you should learn to read at a grown up level…

  24. Vincent says:

    @jpeech hell yeah it took me 30secs. I had to read it again and again. It doesn’t make sense a 6yr. Old can write a better sentence than that. And ME, not knowing about MMA? All you were talking about was chael dumbass a “wrestler”, not MMA so maybe you should go over your comment before posting.

    @jujitsuplayer your dumb fuck mouth? Maybe you should think before you open “your dumb fuck mouth” learn a little about MMA before you talk. Just because Dana white said chael is gonna fight silva next doesnt mean it’s gonna happen look at GSP and Carlos. Also just because chael dry humped stann and did an amateur level “jiu jitsu” move doesn’t mean anything.

    Sonnen’s nut sack fan club: 2 members (jujitsuplayer and jpeech)

    • Jujitsu Player says:

      I’ve probably forgotten more about MMA than you will ever know. He dominated Stann and came to within an inch of beating Silva….and he is always up for a fight. You’ll see when he takes Munoz apart. Also Carlos was a replacement for Diaz and was never number 1 contender so your argument means shit.

  25. vin says:

    only nate marquardt was able to get up from underneath chael- only twice. the second time was in the 3rd round where sonnen got kneeded and put in a tight 17sec. guillotine choke where he was blue in the face and didnt tap. Munoz on the other hand, got hit with a few good shots by maia and got put in a crucifix. munoz can’t control fights the way chael does. Both leben and maia were able to get up from underneath munoz. chael has a chin like leben.

  26. bizzle says:

    Munoz by KO.. And you can take that to the bank..

  27. GRT 3000 says:

    Munoz will smash this low life – then Chel can get on with his real estate scams. >next!

    • Chael will get back on your mom and grind out some more Lil grt bastards that look and sound just like Lil chaelmonsters!

      • GRT 3000 says:

        whatever big man; your the one living a lie.

        • There are 3 kinds of people in this world grt.. Sheep.. Wolves.. and the hunters of wolves! I am the hunter of wolves .. but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect the cunning and dangerous wolf. Chael is a wolf bc he makes his own path and does what he has to do to survive by using his superior intellect and physical strength!

        • GRT 3000 says:

          livin’ a lie pal. Your bullshit in these forums couldn’t stand up to the scrutiny of your peers. Your a dudley do-right on the job; old lady tells you to fuck yerself and you can’t do shit about it. that makes you a sheep, not a wolf – nor a hunter. ne-ways, Chaels going to do his lay n pray routine to the best of his ability. and then he’ll shit the bed like he always does.

  28. mmaislandjunkie says:

    i hope munoz doesnt become too reliant on the takedown like he was vs okami. if he lets loose with those filipino wrecking arms of his i think chael might be put to sleep, i hope so at least!

  29. mandavia620 says:

    Bad stylistic matchup??
    Brian Stann couldn’t knock this guy out!
    Anderson Silva couldn’t knock this guy out!
    Uncle Chael knocked HIM down twice! Now you’re telling me that the guy who got knocked out by Matt Hamill is going to beat Chael??
    That’s insane

  30. Ninjaman says:

    Munoz will not get out put on his back much by Sonnen. Sonnen will have more to worry about as Munoz is better in several areas. Munoz will win this fight via UD! It will be a great fight. Phil Davis under normal circumstances would beat Rashad but this is his first fight back and he will have serious troubles getting into the groove. Rashad by UD as well.

  31. Vincent says:

    Lol @mangina620 I’m sure he only knocked him down once second time he was off balanced. Bad stylistic match up? They both are wrestlers dumbass the only reason why people get up if Munoz has them on the ground is because Munoz doesn’t lay and pray trying to squeeze out a decision, Munoz goes for the finish and actually tries to improve position not like chael.

  32. KingGareth says:

    If Chael can take down Munoz he will win. It all comes down to Munoz wrestling defence over Chaels take downs. I can’t see Chael winning it on the feet.

    • KingGareth says:

      A.Silva is the best fighter in the division but age/injuries catch up to everyone, and nothing lasts forever. It’s just a matter of time before he loses the title. It’s just a matter of who takes it.

  33. Marquezgotrobbed says:

    Sonnen will beat Munoz he’s a better striker and I don’t see Munoz doing much to Chael on the floor. Only advantage Munoz has in this fight is power.The wrestling will probably cancel each other out.

  34. BJPennrules says:

    This will not doubt be the battle of the best middleweights on the planet…the only one that wins here…is us the fans!,, I cant weight for this fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think these two are an even match with both having some strengths that the other doesnt….if they fought ten times it would be 50/50 we will see who wins this one!
    goona be good!

  35. no-one says:

    Does anyone know if this fight will actually go on or is this just for public entertainment?
    We all know the fact that Mark Munoz and Chael Sonnen are both top fighters
    we’ll see who wins. I love Chael Sonnen he’s so funny:p
    But we have to remember the Matt Hamill fight against Mark Munoz
    So if Matt Hamill Can beat Mark Munoz then its definite that Chael Sonnen Can knock out Mark Munoz..Good Luck If The fight goes on:)

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