I believe this is referred to as "picking your poison."
Chael Sonnen doesn't need to fly to South America to get his ass handed to him by a Brazilian mob when he can simply show up for his UFC on FOX 2 co-main event on Jan. 28 in Chicago and get his butt kicked by Mark Munoz.
That's according to the "Filipino Wrecking Machine," who told Heavy MMA that he's confident heading into their "Windy City" match-up and that he'll demonstrate his power at the expense of Sonnen's title aspirations.
"I feel Chael and I are a great match-up. I feel his strengths are my strengths, and we are going to go out there and find out who is the true number one contender for the title. If he beats me then God bless him, but I can tell you that I have confidence that I’m going to go out there and beat him up. I have power in my hands. Chael gets on top of people but doesn’t finish them. I finish guys. It’s what I do. I go out there and the guns are blazing. On the feet or on the ground it doesn’t matter. I’m going to demonstrate that power every chance I get. There are bounties for Chael down in Brazil. But he doesn’t have to worry about it, because he’s not going to have to go down there."
Munoz is coming off the biggest win of his career in the main event of UFC 138 last month across the pond, a second round technical knockout victory over Chris Leben, his fourth in a row and seventh in his last eight fights.
Sonnen recently ran through Brian Stann at UFC 136 back on Oct. 8 in Houston, which prompted UFC President Dana White to declare he would be "stupid" not to make "Silva vs. Sonnen II," but a pesky shoulder injury is keeping "The Spider" on the shelf until June, when the world's largest fight promotion heads back to Brazil (again).
If Sonnen can get by Munoz and make a good impression on network TV, he'll be joining his arch nemesis in his home country.
Assuming he can get past those mobs.
UFC on FOX 2, which will mark the promotion's second appearance on network television, will be headlined by a light heavyweight number one contender bout, as Rashad Evans and Phil Davis return from injuries to battle for the right to fight division champion Jon Jones.
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