UFC on Versus 3: "Sanchez vs. Kampmann" is set to go down tomorrow night (March 3) live at 9 p.m. ET from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Dollaway is riding high off his submission victory over Joe Doerksen at UFC 119 last September, where "The Doberman" was able to capture "Submission of the Night" for his slick guillotine choke.
As for Munoz, he most recently defeated Dollaway's teammate Aaron Simpson via unanimous decision at UFC 123 last November, upping his record in the UFC's middleweight division to 4-1.
Can Reign MMA go up 2-0 against Power MMA? Or will Dollaway take a giant step forward in his career and get revenge for "A-Train?"
We break it all down after the jump.
Record: 11-2 overall, 5-2 in the UFC
Key Wins: Joe Doerksen (UFC 119), Jesse Taylor (UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin), Mike Massenzio (UFC 92)
How he got here: MMA fans first got a look at Dollaway during his stint on TUF 7 where he defeated Tim Credeur, Cale Yarborough, and Nick Klein as a part of "Team Rampage." Since his time on the Spike TV reality show, he's gone 5-2 in the Octagon and has proven that he is more than just a wrestler with submission victories over Joe Doerksen and Jesse Taylor.
How he gets it done: Dollaway will need to put the fight on the canvas and get in top position. While Munoz may not be as crafty as he is in submissions, Dollaway needs to be on top to avoid the dangerous ground and pound of his Philippine foe. Dollaway has a slick guillotine choke and a solid Peruvian neck-tie and if Munoz shoots a poor shot and leaves his neck out, look for Dollaway to lock up another one of his patented choke holds to get the submission victory.
Record: 9-2, 2-0 in the WEC, 4-2 in the UFC
How he got here: "The Philippine Wrecking Machine," since dropping from light heavyweight, has gone 3-1 in the UFC middleweight division and has proven that he's a formidable opponent for anyone at 185-pounds. Munoz proved to the world that he's for real when he dropped a split decision against current number one contender Yushin Okami. Since losing to "Thunder," Munoz showcased some solid improvement in his striking in his unanimous decision victory over Dollaway's teammate Aaron Simpson.
How he gets it done: Munoz will need to use a sprawl and brawl strategy against Dollaway, as "The Doberman" has shown weaknesses with his striking. Also, if Munoz can take him down and secure top position, Munoz could land some very devastating ground and pound. The other aspect he holds is a strength advantage as Dollaway isn't as powerful an athlete as he is. If Munoz can make Dollaway carry his weight or out-muscle him in the wrestling aspect, the Filipino can grind his way to victory.
Fight "X Factor:" Munoz has never been submitted. While he may not be known for his grappling skills, Munoz is incredibly tough to catch in a submission as evident in his fight with Kendall Grove.
Bottom Line: Munoz is the favorite in this bout and it's not hard to see why. Dollaway cannot be counted out in this fight because of how submission savvy he's become. However, Munoz has advantages in strength, power, and wrestling in my estimation. As long as he doesn't leave his neck wide open for Dollaway to capitalize on, Munoz should be able to take this fight via sprawl and brawl as Dollaway has shown big holes in his striking. If Munoz decides to put Dollaway on his back, expect him to land devastating strikes that will stifle his opponent's grappling.
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