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"The Philippine Wrecking Machine" will try to get one step closer to a middleweight title fight by disposing of "The Crippler" in the UFC 138 main event on Spike TV, a five-round headliner set for Nov. 5 in the LG Arena at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.
So, what's the gameplan?
"I definitely don't want to stand in front of him. He gets stronger as you punch him in the face. You definitely want to mix it up. You don't want to stand in front too long -- you want to be able to get the angles. That's basically it. He's a tough, tough dude. He's going to come straight forward and you know that there is going to be bombs flying at you. For me, it's no secret. I'm going to use my wrestling. I always say that. But, I throw bombs, too. So that's why, stylistically, this is a great fight because he doesn't step backward. I don't step backward. You're going to see fireworks for sure."
Munoz continued to inch closer to a division title shot after overcoming the improved striking of Demian Maia, who slugged his way to the scorecards before losing a close unanimous decision back on June 11.
The former collegiate wrestling standout has just one loss as a 185-pounder, a razor-thin split decision to Yushin Okami at UFC on Versus 2 in August 2010.
Hear more from Munoz (via Tom Ngo of 5thRound.com), including his thoughts on Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko as well as his surprising choice for who may be the (second) best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, after the jump.
"Probably [a win over Anderson Silva would make me the greatest of all time]. But not a long time ago, Fedor, in my opinion, was the best pound-for-pound, and now he just lost. The competition is different in every weight class. One guy that people never talk about, and probably, in my opinion, one of the best pound-for pound fighters is Frankie Edgar. Frankie could probably fight at 145 if he wanted to and he's champion at 155. Do you know what the size difference is like between him and Gray Maynard? It's a huge size difference. Right now I think Anderson Silva is the best pound-for-pound, but Frankie Edgar is not very far behind. He's unbelievable."
Okay Maniacs, you've heard from Munoz. Now let's hear from you. Are we looking at the next UFC middleweight champion? Does he have the right balance of skills to upset Anderson Silva?
Or will Leben stop him from ever finding out?
How do you see the UFC 138 main event unfolding?