"I paid my dues in this weight class and I think I deserve a title shot. Anderson Silva is by far the best pound-for-pound fighter. I give him all the respect and honor, but I think I deserve a title shot right now. I consider him a friend, but right now I'd love to get a title shot."
-- Belts before bros. Immediately following his second round technical knockout win over Chris Leben at UFC 138 earlier today (Sat., Nov. 5, 2011) in Birmingham, England, Mark Munoz set his sights on bigger and badder fish in the middleweight pond. "The Filipino Wrecking Machine" went to work on "The Crippler," using his considerable grappling skill set to ground his opponent into the mat and eventually force a stoppage after Leben couldn't answer the call for the third round due to a cut above his eye. It's a winning formula and one Munoz thinks he can use to win the 185-pound title from striker extraordinaire Anderson Silva. If there's a martial art that will finally dethrone "The Spider," it's wrestling and Munoz most certainly has it. But is a win over Leben enough to earn him a crack at the gold? After all, there's still that pesky little problem known as Chael Sonnen lighting up the boards. Who should get the first shot? Sonnen or Munoz?